Medical Video: How Does Exercise Impact Weight Loss?
Some people think of scales as their biggest enemy. Weight loss is often a scary thing even though it is actually very useful to monitor change. By knowing your weight, you simply know how your health status is. But, every time, do we need to weigh?
Considering the body every day, necessary or not?
Regular weight loss can help prevent weight gain over a long period of time.
According to Mia Syn, MS, RD a registered dietitian in Charleston, South Carolina, weighing should be done as a daily activity as a way of measuring yourself. By weighing your body every day, you become aware of the latest conditions and can affect your eating habits that day. When you know there is an increase that is too high, you can immediately control your eating right away.
Research shows, the longer the pause when someone weighs, the more likely it is to experience weight gain.
The study, published in the 2012 International Journal of Behavior Medicine, showed that weighing the body every day can help reduce weight as much as 4.4 kg compared to the group that weighs once a month, which is an average of 2.2 kg
How do you weigh and what time is the right time?
The right time to weigh the body is to weigh at the same time every day.
It's important to remember that weight gain can be affected by various factors, such as the food you eat, how much drink you drink, physical activity, and movement of your intestines or digestive system.
That's why you should weigh at the same time. For example, today you weigh before breakfast. Then the next day you weigh after finishing breakfast. Of course, it is very possible to find a difference in weight today and tomorrow.
It's best to weigh your body in the morning after you wake up, before you eat and drink and do other activities.
In addition, weigh your weight by dressing similarly. For example, you measure your weight when weighing with pants and nightgowns. For further measurements, you also use clothes that are more or less similar to not affect the results of your weight.
When you measure with jeans and wear a jacket, the results of your scales are not just counting your weight, but also the weight of your pants and jacket.
Even weighing makes stress?
Indeed there are those who think that weighing every day can actually have a negative effect on mental conditions. Staying weight can be a negative effect on the mood, and can lead to deviant eating behaviors.
However, many other studies actually show that the more often you weigh, it will increase self-confidence rather than reduce self-confidence, as stated in the 2009 journal Nutr Educ Behav. So, this condition can help the success of a weight loss program.
If you find that weighing your body everyday worsens your mood, don't overestimate every day.
Be careful about being obsessed with the numbers on the scales
Measuring your body every day also needs to be careful, don't let this habit even make you obsessed with the numbers on the scale.
If you weigh too much and it has a negative effect on you, do it a maximum of once a week, but not later than a week.
Reporting on the Cornell University Lab's Food and Brand page, if someone weighs more than once a week, then the possibility of increasing body weight will be even greater. So, a week can be used as a choice of a safe time to weigh regularly.