Weighing yourself seems simple enough but if you’re going to be a scale junkie you need to do it right. If you’re like me and you’re obsessed with checking your weight daily then this post is for you. I’m going to explain the concept of “trending” and teach you how to track your progress correctly.
If you weigh yourself daily when you’re trying to gain or lose weight then you know it can be an aggravating experience. One day the scale says your up the next day it says you’re down. It’s funny but people can get completely derailed by the number on a scale even when that number doesn’t really tell you what’s going on.
There are a ton of factors that can cause your weight to fluctuate by several pounds during the course of a day. More or less water, various amounts of sodium or potassium, feminine issues, illness, extra food. The list goes on. There are a lot of reasons your weight will change from day to day.
Rather than looking at the number each day and comparing it to the number from yesterday you should be more concerned with how your body weight is trending. To understand what I mean look at a typical stock, here’s a picture of Apple’s stock.
As you can see, from about 2003 to 2011 Apple’s stock price had an upward trend. There were days where the stock price was down and days where it was up. Lots of fluctuation because of a lot of factors.
Same thing applies to your body weight. Weight gain and weight loss is not a linear process. There are ups and downs, sometimes day to day and sometimes week to week. None of that really matters though as long as your body weight is trending up or down based on your goal.
So here is how I use the trending mentality when I weigh myself to monitor my progress.
I weigh myself first thing in the morning after using the rest room. I try to check my weight at the same time of day under the same circumstances. Post bathroom, per-breakfast in the same clothing. Control as many variable as you can for accuracy.
Using this method, it’s important to weigh yourself every day. Write down your numbers or create a line chart to document your progress. Over the course of several weeks that chart will look similar to the picture above. If your doing things right, you’ll be trending upwards or downwards depending on your goal.
The main take away here is that you should not be hung up on your weight from day to day. Don’t let a day where your weight is higher kill your motivation to achieve your goal. Look at that picture of Apple’s stock price again. Look closely at all of those bad stretches, what if the investor would have given up on Apple and sold at the first little drop? They would have missed out!
Don’t miss out! Document your weight each day or as often as you like, just remember that day to day fluctuations DO NOT matter! If your weight is trending the direction you want to go, then you’re doing fine.