33% of New Year’s Resolutions are to lose weight – but here’s why you shouldn’t weigh every day
This entry was posted on 04/01/2018.
A US poll has found that striving to lose weight is this year’s top new year’s resolution – and in the UK, a third of our resolutions are to do with weight loss.
Last year we published top tips on how to achieve your weight loss goals. 1.9bn adults are affected by obesity, including 124 million children – so Marsden are keen to support weight loss endeavours, for the health of the nation.
This year, we’re doing something which may surprise you as a leading scales supplier – we're encouraging you not to weigh yourself every day.
Why daily weighing is a bad idea
Striving to lose weight can be the most exhausting of hobbies – but the excitement of hopping on the scales to check your progress may bring the rewards you need. However, daily weighing can have a negative effect on your efforts. Here are a few reasons why weighing daily may not be the best thing for your body.
The art of timing
During the day your weight fluctuates. At the start of the day, the body has not consumed anything for several hours and is possibly the lightest you will be all day. Compare this to the end of the day, your body has been consuming food and drink all day.
Being aware of the above will mean you should not feel disheartened or lost motivation with your efforts. There may be more than meets the eye to weight loss and using your scales effectively can help you to reach your goals.
Focus on the overall trend of your weight, not the day to day numbers –this will give you a wider view on weight loss, help you stay motivated and avoid feeling down. The ultimate goal is to feel healthier, and that should not be forgotten.
Understanding body composition: total body water
When tracking weight loss it is also important to understand the numbers. One thing to think about, for example, is the amount of water in the body is heavily dependent on diet.
In a carbohydrate-based diet, the human body produces more glycogen. This is a short-term energy source which is stored in our bodies which can then be used during exercise. For every gram of glycogen produced, 3-4 grams of water are stored.
Subsequently if weight is increased during carbohydrate-based diet, it does not necessarily mean fat has increased – it may just be that there is more water weight in your body at that time.
Understanding body composition: fat mass
Trying to lose weight often means getting caught up in the numbers when trying to reach a weight loss goal.
The goal for losing weight should be to lose fat. If you just take a look at weight, then if you’ve lost 2kg in fat but gained 3kg in muscle, you run the risk of feeling disappointed because you won’t be aware of the full picture. The way around this is to monitor the body fat percentage on a body composition scale. This type of scale can provide you with information on fats, water, muscle, BMR and more. Find out more here.
So when should I weigh myself?
Using weighing scales effectively can play a pivotal part in the tracking of weight loss, as well as being a motivational tool for your resolution. But instead of becoming obsessed with losing weight and hopping on your scale every day, a once-weekly routine is more suitable. It’ll give a more realistic idea of how much weight you have lost overall, reduces the anxiety if there is no great change in body weight - and it’s also the frequency that leading slimming groups favour.
There’s a blog post about developing a weekly weighing strategy here.
Recommended scales for your weightloss journey
If you need a floor scale for weighing at home in the bathroom that will last year after year, choose the M-430. It’s low profile, robustly built, shows weight readings clearly on a digital display, and can also calculate BMI. Even better, it’s medically approved, meaning the M-550 is as accurate and reliable as the scales used by GPs or hospitals.
Alternatively, our most popular scales for slimming groups are the M-560 and M-565, with separate indicators for weight sensitive environments. The Marsden M-150 is a great value scale with the weight display on a column.
For body composition readings and not just weight, Marsden has two affordable options. The Marsden MBF-6000 with printer is a portable body composition scale which features weight, BMI, muscle mass, fat mass, total body water and more. With an optional carry case it is the ideal scale for personal trainers.
Alternatively, the MBF-6010 with printer is a column mounted body composition scale, which can be used as a permanent fixture in gyms and sports clubs.
Browse the full range of Marsden slimming scales here.
For more information about any of our scales call 01709 364296 or contact us here.
Contrary to this blog’s title, experts have identified dieters who weigh daily as those who have lost the most weight.