Why Weigh Yourself Regularly?

January 30, 2016 Linda LaRue

I am frequently asked why you should weigh yourself regularly, which is why I decided to write this article. Most medical studies have found that overweight and obese adults who weighed themselves regularly lost more weight on average and prevented more weight gain over a two-year period than those who weighed themselves less regularly. Studies prove time and again that people benefit from the “accountability” factor of routine weighing.

Nothing Succeeds like Success. Monitoring your weight will tell you whether your efforts are working, and can detect early, small weight gains (before they become even larger). Seeing the number on your scale get smaller is a positive reinforcement. This will help you form a new, healthy behavior.

Weigh yourself only once per week, on the same day, and time each week. Monday is my favorite day as it comes right after the weekend. Avoid weighing yourself every day. Everyone’s weight varies on a day-to-day basis for many reasons, including hormones, salt intake, regularity, and even the weather. Weighing yourself every day may also become an unhealthy obsession that will stress you out and may make you unhappy.

Be happy. When you are chronically unhappy and stressed out, your body pumps out a primitive or caveman chemical hormone called cortisol that is a chemical, mind-body physiological link. The bad news is that cortisol is a hormone that makes your body store belly fat within your abdominal cavity (intra-abdominally), attaching in and around your organs such as your stomach, liver, and intestines. Intra-abdominal or visceral fat acts like an endocrine organ, producing hormones and other chemicals that dramatically increase your chance for developing diabetes. One substance produced by visceral fat is C-reactive protein (CRP). Studies conducted at Harvard University at the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center revealed that elevated levels of CRP in adults are a major risk factor for heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke, heart attack, pre-diabetes, and diabetes. The good news is that further medical studies strongly suggest a diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean protein such as Souper Slim combined with aerobic core-based exercise such as Crunchless Abs successfully combats these life threatening diseases (and belly fat too).

Set Small Goal Weight(s). If you want to lose more than 10 pounds, I strongly suggest setting a series of smaller goal weights in 10 pounds goals. A series of small, numbered goals is less overwhelming. Plus, successfully achieving small, consecutive goals will help keep you invigorated. This is help you establish your new, healthy behavior of losing—not gaining—weight.

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