In the February 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine, there was an article about the “old rules” of dieting and the new, revised plans. Some I agreed with, others not so much. I thought I’d cover a few of them here over the next few weeks and see what you think.
The first one focused on the scale. The old rule was: stay off the scale. The thought behind the rule was that your body weight fluctuates through the week and even throughout the day (I’m typically two pounds heavier if I weigh at night, rather than in the morning) and weighing too frequently might cause you to become discouraged.
The new rule is to weigh daily – first thing every morning. That way, you can catch a downward spiral before it become a big gain.
I’m kind of in the middle on this one. I don’t think it’s beneficial to weigh every morning because your weight does fluctuate. However, I like to have a mid-week check-in to monitor my weight and make sure I’m on track. If I’m seeing a gain by mid-week, I know that I need to make some adjustments – either watch my calorie intake more closely or increase my activity.
I definitely agree with the idea of weighing at the same time (and the same day) each week. I weigh on Monday mornings. And, I always wear the same clothes (my favorite workout outfit) and shoes each time I weigh. That may mean that the number the scale shows is a bit more than my actual body weight, but it ensures that my weight loss (or gain) amount is accurate from week to week.