If you are weighing yourself to track weight loss, monitor weight stability or keep tabs on your weight gain (yes, some people do try to gain weight) you will need to know when the best time is weigh in.
Is it in the morning or just before bed? You may have also noticed that you get a different result every time you weigh yourself on the same day.
The simple reason is because you are a different weight at each different time.
It’s nothing to do with “accuracy”.
Your scales are accurately reading what you weigh, but is it your true weight?
Let’s uncover when is the best time to weigh yourself and what is the most accurate type of scale to weigh yourself with.
For women, there are certain days of the month when your weight will be emporarily inflated due to increased water retention. Probably a good idea to avoid the scales during this time.
When is the best time to weigh yourself?
For accurate and consistent results, when is the best time to weigh yourself?
- First thing in the morning because you have no food in your system.
- Make sure you have gone to the toilet first.
- Weigh yourself no more than once a week.
- Weigh yourself at the same time each week.
- Make sure you are wearing the same clothes; or none.
- Place the scales on a hard flat surface and use the same scale every time.
Never weigh yourself after a meal or during the day and checking and rechecking your weight everyday constantly can lead to you feeling unhappy.
What is the most accurate type of scale to weigh yourself?
Weighing yourself everyday, even multiple times a day is bound to play with your emotions. When you do however, it is worthwhile having scales that are going to accurately measure you, and be consistent.
Have you ever weighed yourself on a set of scales, received one number and then stepped off and back on again only to see a completely different result?
There are basically two major types of scales, mechanical (or manual) and digital.
Mechanical scales operate via a spring and lever system, and display the result using a dial. They can therefore be affected and provide an inaccurate result if you are using the on an uneven surface or on carpet.
Digital scales are considered the most accurate and can range in price from $30, into the hundreds. They also come with varying features. Some have body fat measurement capabilities and some have voice activation. Knowing which one is right for you is a matter of meeting your budget and matching the aspects of your weight that you are hoping to capture. A basic set of digital scales, which simply provides you a number, is all you really need.
If you prefer to measure your weight with your physician they will typically use a balance beam scale where they slide the weights until the bar is level. You may also see these in a fitness center. Their price is quite substantial and probably outweighs the accuracy, particularly when you are just wanting something at home.
Balance beam scales do however provide consistent and accurate readings every time.
Should You Weigh Yourself At All?
You need to consider whether you are aiming to lose fat and excess fluids or to build muscle and tone up. Muscle weighs more than fat therefore the scales may not be a true reflection at all of your achievements.
Listen to your body, and take note of your clothing. It is bound to feel different on you before the scales reflect it in a number.
If scales are a must, remember that a good accurate bathroom digital scale does not have to be expensive.
Should you weigh yourself at all? Now that is another discussion altogether.