The Scale: Friend or Foe?

Today’s contribution is by Delta Air Lines Fitness Center’s at GO Program Manager, Carla Hardy MS, CSCS, CSN, EIM  Don’t be discouraged if your weight fluctuates day by day or throughout the day. Shifts in water weight, constipation, and even the food you just ate can cause the daily changes you see on the scale. These daily weight changes are particularly common during the beginning of a new healthy way of living, when your body is adjusting to the new way of eating. You may also notice that you weigh more immediately after a meal. This is due to the actual weight of the food and not to any fat weight you’ve gained.  Remember that it takes time for your body to digest food, and it can take a couple of days for weight loss or weight gain to register on the scale. If you’re trying to shed pounds, it is important to keep track of your weight. But can you ruin your motivation and success by weighing too often?  Weigh yourself at the same time, on the same day and same scale for consistency. Weighing on various scales is a “no no”!  All scales are not equal and your weight may vary on each scale. It is best to weigh in the morning just after you’ve awakened and have taken your morning bathroom break. To avoid confusion and disappointment, weigh yourself only once a week or every other week. Let how much healthier you feel, your decrease in body fat percentage and how your clothes are fitting become your “scale.”