In the February 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine, there was an article about the “old rules” of dieting and the new, revised plans. Some I agreed with, others not so much. I thought I’d cover a few of them here over the next few weeks and see what you think.
The first one focused on the scale. The old rule was: stay off the scale. The thought behind the rule was that your body weight fluctuates through the week and even throughout the day (I’m typically two pounds heavier if I weigh at night, rather than in the morning) and weighing too frequently might cause you to become discouraged.
The new rule is to weigh daily – first thing every morning. That way, you can catch a downward spiral before it become a big gain.
I’m kind of in the middle on this one. I don’t think it’s beneficial to weigh every morning because your weight does fluctuate. However, I like to have a mid-week check-in to monitor my weight and make sure I’m on track. If I’m seeing a gain by mid-week, I know that I need to make some adjustments – either watch my calorie intake more closely or increase my activity.
I definitely agree with the idea of weighing at the same time (and the same day) each week. I weigh on Monday mornings. And, I always wear the same clothes (my favorite workout outfit) and shoes each time I weigh. That may mean that the number the scale shows is a bit more than my actual body weight, but it ensures that my weight loss (or gain) amount is accurate from week to week.
What do you think? Stay off the scale or weigh regularly?
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.