If you’ve tried to lose weight, you know about that scale addiction. How discouraging it was when the numbers didn’t move or, even worse, when they grew! Yow! But it might not be you, it might be the scale! (Or the way you weigh yourself, while you’re eating whey.)
Do you know, for example, why you shouldn’t weigh yourself on Mondays, after a shower, and a workout? Or that your scale can show you the wrong numbers simply because it stands on the wrong surface? Or why you have to calibrate a digital scale every morning? Interested? So here are 18 mistakes you might be making while weighing yourself.
- Digital scales tend to show bigger numbers (like up to 3.5 lbs more) not only when it’s cold, but also when the humidity is high.
- Instead of hopping on the scale on Monday, try Friday morning – that’s when your weight will reflect all the healthy lifestyle efforts you made throughout the week!
- The largest organ in your body is your skin, and it also happens to absorb liquids really well. This means that after swimming or taking a shower, your body has absorbed 1 to 3 cups of water.
- By the evening, you’ve already eaten at least three meals, and drank a ton of water. So, keep in mind that your weight can fluctuate by a few pounds during the day, and weigh yourself in the morning – that’s when you’ll get the most accurate results.
- If you eat a lot of foods rich in sodium, your body starts to retain more fluid than usual. As a result, you’re more likely to see bigger numbers on the scale in the morning if you snacked on salty foods the night before.
- Your weight can change from day to day by as much as 5 lbs – and that’s perfectly normal! It depends on how much liquid you’ve retained or what foods you’ve been eating.
- On the other hand, checking your weight only once a month isn’t a good idea either. This way, you won’t be able to figure out your weekly average, and understand which factors influence your weight fluctuations.
- Different scales are bound to give you conflicting results. And the difference can be up to 10 lbs, which is pretty discouraging, isn’t it?
- Carpets, bathroom tiles, and wooden floors can cause the scale to get uncalibrated.
- If what you see on the scale upsets you a bit too much for your liking, it’s time to revise your approach. Remind yourself that these readings are temporary, and you shouldn’t judge your entire weight-loss progress based solely on these numbers.
- It’s one of the biggest mistakes you can make while checking your weight. The thing is that few people who weigh themselves at home know how to adjust for their clothing.
- Even if your scale shows that you’ve gained a couple of pounds, but you feel lighter, and your clothes have become looser, ignore the scale readings.
- Try to get a scale that shows different measurements: weight, body fat percentage, body water percentage, bone mass density, and BMI (which stands for “body mass index”).
- A lot of people, in an attempt to save money, buy the cheapest scale they can find. Unfortunately, these scales tend to give you incorrect readings.