How often should you weigh yourself? If I only had a dollar for every time someone asked me this in my Coaching practice! Most people know not to weigh themselves every single day because on any given day your weight can be off by a couple to several pounds in either direction based on the amount and type of food and drink you consumed (or the lack of it), the type and amount of exercise, biological processes and more.
But knowing this, what is the right answer for how often to weigh in? The truth is it depends quite a bit on how far along you are in your weight loss journey. It also depends on your personality.
The traditional answer is usually that you should weigh yourself weekly, but for many people that's simply too often. This is why, much to their surprise (and delight) I recommend bi-weekly weigh-ins for many of my weight loss coaching clients for a number of reasons.
Why Bi-Weekly Weigh Ins?
1. You Want to See a Bigger Weight Loss Number
After the initial drop in weight from simply doing the right things in terms of diet and exercise for a couple of weeks or so, it's not normal (or healthy) for most people who aren't on The Biggest Loser or Extreme Weight Loss to see big numbers down each week on the scale.
Many people don't like to see small weight loss numbers show up on the scale and get discouraged if they do. We're wired to get more excited if we see five pounds are gone in one