Daily Weigh-Ins: the Key to Weight Loss Success*
Losing weight is all about making long-term changes to your lifestyle to support your health and wellness goals. There is no better way to maintain your commitment to a weight loss program than with regular weigh ins. A recent study found that those who are committed to losing weight and participated in a weight loss program that encouraged daily weigh-ins were more successful with reaching their weight loss goals. What’s more, those who continued to weigh themselves regularly even after reaching their weight loss goal were more likely to keep the weight off.
Stepping on the scale can be a stressful experience, and this is the number one reason why so many people don’t do it regularly. When you don’t want to be faced with the number on the scale, it can be easy to start avoiding it altogether. But with avoiding that number on the scale comes the avoidance of a certain reality: your weight loss progress. If you aren’t willing to face the music, then are you really committed to making these long-term changes in your life?
Remove the stress from the experience of stepping on the scale by making it such a regular occurrence that there are no surprises. That first day of stepping on the scale may be stressful, but seeing that number go down ounce by ounce, day by day, will help to alleviate some of that stress.
Here are a few strategies for making daily weigh-ins a part of your life:
- Set up a morning routine with your scale. Wake up, use the bathroom, weigh yourself and then take a shower. Do it before you have the time to talk yourself out of it.
- Set up small milestone goals for along the way. Constantly looking at the scale in hopes of seeing a triple-digit change is enough to discourage just about anyone! Instead, make small goals for yourself to lose 10 lbs at a time.
- Keep track of your weigh-ins by having a journal or a weight loss app that will track your progress. This will help you to stay on track and to recognize pitfalls or potential plateaus before they go too far.
You may not like the idea of weighing yourself every day, but this is considered one of the most highly effective habits that contribute to long-term weight loss success. It’s time to put those anxieties away and to embrace whatever the scale has to say. If you don’t like it, then it is in your power to change it.
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*Weight loss surgery results vary between individuals depending on the initial weight, medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bass about the results you can expect.