Some bopo influencers want you to believe that daily weigh-ins are a sign you don’t have self-love, have poor body image or an obsession fueled by the media’s “beauty standards.”
Does weighing yourself every day mean you haven’t learned to love yourself or “accept” your body?
Does body positivity mean you should stop weighing yourself?
This approach was created in the womb of social media, incubated by many body positivity influencers who’ve thrown out the scale.
Some body positive movers have proudly posted that they never weigh themselves and can’t remember the last time they did.
Weighing Yourself Every Day Doesn’t Have to Mean Lack of Self-Love
A woman can be as confident as ever yet still have a daily ritual of weighing herself, just like she might have a daily ritual of checking her fingernails to see if the polish has been scraped off.
But do not confuse one-time daily weigh-ins with multiple daily weigh-ins. When it becomes multiple, especially when accompanied by anxiety, then there IS a problem.
This article, though, is about that SINGLE daily weigh-in, the one that takes place every morning as part of the morning ritual.
Research Shows that Weighing Yourself Every Day May Prevent Weight Gain
Jamie Cooper, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Foods and Nutrition at the University of Georgia in Athens, led some interesting research.
Dr. Cooper et al recruited 111 subjects 18-65.
• They weighed themselves between mid November 2017 and early January 2018 – a period of time notorious for holiday weight gain.
• Participants made three visits: one prior to the holiday season; one right after; and one 14 weeks after the study began.
• Frequency of weigh-ins was documented.
• They were asked to maintain their starting weight but were not given advice on how.
• The subjects were compared to a control group that was not given any instructions.
A Most Interesting Result
The people who had weighed themselves every day and had a graphic diagram of their weight changes managed to keep the same initial weight when the study was finished. Some even lost pounds.
In the paper, Dr. Cooper points out that seeing a weight increase could motivate one to exercise more or replace the morning donut with an apple.
Subjects who did not weigh themselves every day gained pounds.
Weighing Yourself Once a Day vs. Throughout the Day
A daily weigh-in is nothing to be concerned about. You have a right to do this without being guilted by Instagram influencers who preach that body positivity means you shouldn’t keep track of your weight.
However, don’t turn it into an obsession.
Once a day is plenty. A fluctuation of a pound or two can be caused by water and sodium retention, excess sweating, and the menstrual cycle.
The best time to weigh yourself daily is in the morning before consuming anything.
The full report is in the journal Obesity.
Lorra Garrick is a former personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise. At Bally Total Fitness she trained women and men of all ages for fat loss, muscle building, fitness and improved health.