Bathroom Scales for Weight Loss
Many people have a terrible relationship with their scales, always fearing the worst.
However, depending upon how you use them, your bathroom scales can be either your worst enemy or one of your best friends in your weight loss campaign.
Developing an effective weight loss strategy with your scales will reduce your stress levels associated with your weight problem and help you enormously in your successful weight loss campaign.
Many DIETERS use scales incorrectly, weighing themselves irregularly and inconsistently – but this is not the way forward. Most modern digital scales are high tech, calibrated weight loss tools and will give you an accurate and consistent reading if used correctly.
Of course, a touch of bravery is required for many who fear to tread on their scales, but the picture built up over a period of time from consistently and regularly weighing yourself can be an invaluable aid to your weight management – whether you are trying to lose weight or to maintain your weight after a successful weight loss campaign.
The nearest you can get to a regular weighing cycle the better. A regular weighing pattern can be developed into a useful habit – something many wannabe slimmers are keen too develop, but unfortunately they often begin with too difficult a target, such as exercise after months or even years of a sedentary lifestyle and proceed too quickly and as a result - overdo it.
A regular weighing habit is easy to start, requires little effort and can easily be used to develop a sense of self discipline. A touch of courage may be needed to overcome the fear following any period of over-indulgence, but with prolonged use bathroom scales for weight loss can be used to produce a healthy attitude, an essential factor for successful slimming campaign.
How Regular and How Do You Weigh Yourself Consistently?
For every website and expert you will find a different answer to these questions. Many will speak to you emotionally about not depending upon your scales and suggest you only weigh yourself occasionally, relying more on how your clothes feel. In my opinion this is all too vague. Your scales are a precision engineered tool and they should be used as such.
Weigh yourself as close to the same time as possible first thing in the morning and record your weight. You will not remember it in two weeks time or three months time, so the record is invaluable. If you travel a lot then this is difficult, but weigh yourself as often as your scales are available to you.
The picture your weight builds over time is invaluable information to you.
A significant part of my own weight loss and maintenance success was built around the information I gleaned from weighing myself and using my weight loss chart.
And I am not alone. Self weighing is one of the cornerstones to successful weight loss and maintenance according to the members of the National Weight Control Registry – a group in the US who have lost at least 13.6Kg (30 pounds) and kept the weight off1. The membership grows steadily over time, but they report that 44% of members weigh themselves every day (no comment was made on the procedure used) and a further 31% weigh themselves weekly.
Why Does Self Weighing Work?
I believe it is partly because you see what you are responsible for first thing every morning and you react according to your desires as a result. Also - as I said before - it is an easy habit to kickstart your weight loss.
What are the Drawbacks to Weighing Scales?
Well they tell us nothing about the distribution of fat, muscle, bone and water in our bodies, but when we are successful at reducing and maintaining our weight (and that is what Slimmer Secrets is for!), then the reduction in weight will ensure a large proportion of our unhealthy body fat simply melts away.
Bottom LineAs an aid to weight loss an accurate set of bathroom scales is highly recommended. The ease of use and worldwide use (and unfortunate misuse) means that many wannabe slimmers already know much of what they need to begin using their scales as an effective weight loss tool.
1. Wing RR, Phelan S. Long-term weight loss maintenance. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 Jul;82(1 Suppl):222S-225S. PMID: 16002825. Free full text available here.
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