More than 3700 adults who have lost at least 30 lbs and kept it off for at least one year weigh themselves at least once a week. These adults are members of the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR):
Personally, I think there is a fine line between weighing yourself daily and becoming obsessed with the scale. If you feel like you’re weighing yourself too much, here are a few reasons to stop…at least temporarily.
Members who started weighing themselves less frequently were more likely to
Weighing yourself regularly may help you stick with your healthy eating and exercise habits. It might also help you catch a small weigh gain before it turns into a large gain and becomes overwhelming.
Use the number on the scale for what it is…a number. Focus on taking the emotion out of weighing yourself; don’t let the number affect your mood or self-worth.
If you exercised three days this week and your weight went up by two pounds, focus on reacting like Person B vs. Person A.
Success is so much more than a number on the scale; it’s about observing changes in the shape of your body, improving health conditions, feeling better, sleeping better, getting stronger, and enjoying a better quality of life.
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