This is part of a series of blog posts called “14 Days to a Healthier You”
I’m not a fan of scales. I own one, I occaisonally use it, but… it doesn’t rule my life.
One of the first things I recommend to my clients is to take a 4-6 week break from weighing themselves. This is for several reasons:
1. Hormone Fluctuations. Women have all sorts of hormonal craziness going on depending on where we are in our menstrual cycles. Often this can result in extra water weight or bloating, which feels like real weight—but we all know it isn’t.
2. It can make you crazy. Even if you feel light and healthy and you weigh yourself and see a higher number than you expected — you’re probably not going to feel so great anymore. It can ruin your day — and that’s not fun. My goal is to support my clients to be happier people and trust themselves to make healthy food choices, not let their lives be ruled by the numbers on a scale.
3. Numbers aren’t that important. A lot of people have a target weight in mind when they embark on a weight loss or gain program. But where is this number coming from? Are we sure it’s the best weight for that individual? Instead of focusing on the numbers, instead I help client determine what their natural weight is and work towards maintaining that in a healhy way.
RECOMMENDATION: If you weigh yourself every day, try to hold off for 2-4 weeks. If you feel like you HAVE to have some sort of measure, use a piece of clothing, such as jeans, to measure your progress. Eventually, try to gauge how you feel (lighter, more energetic, etc.) to determine how you’re doing.
For women who do want to continue weighing themselves, I recommend weighing yourself once a month on the same day of your cycle. (e.g., the day after your period ends). This will give you the most accurate measure of actual weight gain or loss during that month,