How often should you weigh yourself? The answer is different depending on who you ask and your own personal goals, but the conventional wisdom and most recommendations from weight loss experts is to weigh yourself once per week. We asked the editors at mensjournal.com how they would tweak that advice to help guys find the right balance between putting too much stock in their scales and not enough in other indicators of health or progress. Here’s what they had to say.
Recognize the Problem
For a lot of men, body image is a sensitive issue. And for many of us, that sensitivity manifests itself in an obsession with our weight. We step on the scale multiple times a day, always looking for that number to go down. But at what point does this become unhealthy? When does our focus on weight become an obsession?
There are a few warning signs that indicate when your relationship with the scale has become unhealthy. Read more about the warning signs on mensjournal.com.
Think About What You’re Trying to Accomplish
Are you trying to lose weight? Build muscle? Or are you just trying to stay healthy? Depending on what your goals are, you might need to weigh yourself more or less often. If you’re trying to lose weight, you’ll want to weigh yourself regularly so you can track your progress and make sure you’re on track. But if you’re just trying to stay healthy, weighing yourself every day might not be necessary.
Get Out of the Rut and Try Something New
Have you been stuck in the same workout routine for months, even years? If you’re not seeing results, it may be time to switch things up. Trying a new workout can jumpstart your motivation and help you achieve your fitness goals.