The argument of whether or not you should step on the scale every day is over
With the start of a new year come the resolutions to lose weight and get into better shape. There are two schools of thought about how often you should step on the scale to check your progress. One school of thought suggests that weighing yourself every day could be discouraging and counter-productive to achieving your overall weight loss goals.
Your weight changes throughout the day; generally speaking, your weight increases during the day as you consume food and drink and produce waste vs. in the morning on an empty stomach. Temporary weight loss can occur after exercising due to a loss of water. Temporary weight gains could occur due to water retention. Stress and sleep habits can impact your weight on any particular day. Stepping on the scale every day can become an exercise in frustration
However, new studies done by researchers at the Duke Global Health Institute and Cornell University have indicated that daily weighing can have some very beneficial effects. Frequent weighers can start to see patterns or trends in their weight and change or modify some of their eating and other lifestyle behaviors. Daily weight checks help to keep goals and progress in the forefront. You’ll discover that losing weight every single day is not realistic because your weight fluctuates. It’s not unusual to see changes of ounces or even pounds from one day to another, from one week to another.
The bottom line is that, whether you’re comfortable weighing yourself on a daily basis or spacing your weighs-in out over a longer period of time, a better way to determine how successful you are at meeting your weight loss goals is by tracking your body composition, not just your weight.
You don’t even have to look at the numbers
Your body composition and body fat are important measurements when you’re trying to manage your weight and improve your overall health. Simply weighing yourself on your bathroom scale doesn’t assess your body composition because it can’t tell you how much of your weight is comprised of fat, water, muscle, or bone.
The Smart Body Analysis Scale, designed by Ivy Health Labs, provides you with accurate measurements of 8 important body composition values including:
- Current weight
- Total body fat
- Body water percentage
- Muscle and bone mass
- Visceral fat
- Basal metabolic rate
With the Body Analysis Scale, you don’t need to check your weight every day. You can track it and check the data collected when you’re ready.
Our app will track your progress
Ivy Health’s Body Analysis Scale is an easy to use tool for tracking your health stats. Our Smart Health app allows you to upload data from the scale and store it in your mobile device so you can track the progress of your weight loss and fitness program as well detect any trends or patterns about the condition of your body.
Step on our scale every day, but use it to lose weight the right way.