My wife and I have been weighing in almost every morning for the last 5 months. As of late, we made it a habit to weigh ourselves every morning before breakfast. Some days we lose a few ounces, sometimes we lose up to a pound!
I remember one morning a few weeks back she was up over two pounds! Needless to say, she wasn’t happy.
I had to quickly remind her that the scale isn’t always going to drop. And that’s okay. We both know she did everything right the day before and that’s all that matters. Trying to figure out how she gained those 2lbs is a pointless endeavor as there are so many variables that may have caused it Including; fluid intake, activity levels, metabolism, hormones, menstrual cycle, high sodium foods, etc.
In tracking our daily weight on average she was still losing weight. That’s what we should have been focusing on.
Instead, I reminded her to stick to the process and remain positive. As much as I was giving her a pep talk the information was data-driven.
Not only does weighing in every day provide consistency,
Researchers at the University of Minnesota discovered that people who got on the scale every day last twice as much weight as those who weighed themselves less often. Their hypothesis is that monitoring your weight helps keep ones mind on health and prevents weight denial and bad food choices.
The greatest thing we learned through weighing in daily was consistency. No one “bad” meal turned us obese. Likewise, no salad gave us an 8-pack. But on average we ate well enough, and below our means that we ended up losing more than 50lbs as a team!