The dreaded digital scales: I do not believe any sane person looks forward to this time of the week. I genuinely think that most people either do not own a pair of scales or simply hide them away, never to be seen again until January 1st when the health kick month *cough *one week* cough* starts. It is important to remember that unless you have the weight to lose, then every week is not going to be an episode of the biggest loser, with the drastic 50lb weight loss. But even the odd pound here or there can benefit your health drastically, and for those of you that obsess over numbers on the scales, this post will give you some tips and tricks on how to use your digital scales to benefit you and not be something you despise using.
Using Digital Scales Effectively
We have the obvious benefits associated with scales: assisting with weight tracking, sticking to your weight loss (or gain) goals, and accurate measurements. However, too many of us overuse or underuse scales to aid in our journey’s to being happy and healthy. It sounds eye-shuttingly cringe but being happy in the way you look and feel will honestly translate into your daily life. Some of the most positive people I know preach about sorting your health out first before anything else
Your reading on the Digital Scale
Numbers on a scale are just that, numbers; they are not there to dictate your eating and exercising habits, more so to ensure you stay on track and help raise awareness of the impact of daily activities on your body.
So, how often should you be weighing yourself? Well, this question does not have a definite answer, but I say it entirely depends on your goals.
If you are an athlete that trains rigorously five times a week, then you may want to be weighing yourself every day to ensure you maintain your physique; however, on the other end of the spectrum, we have those who are just beginning their fitness journey. In this case, it is not healthy to be guided by numbers on the scale, and I would suggest weighing yourself at a maximum once a week, especially if you are of a healthy weight to begin with.
Modern Day Technology
Scales nowadays differ massively from the mechanical bathroom scales we used to use, where guestimating your weight from the very wobbly measuring line was a sport in itself.
We have the basic digital scales that will give you an accurate measurement of your weight, and then we have the more advanced digital scales that will give you an overview of your BMI, body fat percentage, and muscle mass, just to name a few metrics.