Stepping on the bathroom scale every now and then is one of the best ways to measure the progress you are making with your weight loss efforts. However, many dieters complain that their scales return strange results. Some have seen their weight drop as much as two or three pounds during the course of a single day, while others have seen their weight go up by pounds during the same amount of time, even though all they have consumed was half a cup of yoghurt, so here are some tips about when and how to weigh yourself for accurate results.
What Time of Day to Weigh Yourself
The best time to weigh yourself during the day is definitely in the morning, right after you getup and take the first trip to the bathroom. It is recommended to weigh yourself without your clothes on and before having anything to eat or drink–you don’t want to compromise the results of your measurements by adding extra pounds with your clothes or by adding the weight of the undigested food in your stomach.
Why It's Best to Weigh Yourself at the Same Time
To get accurate measurements, you need to weigh yourself in controlled conditions that are the same whenever you step on the scales. Make sure you step on the scale at the same time of the day, wearing the same amount of clothes (the best way is to wear nothing, as mentioned) and on an empty stomach.
Body Fat Scales vs. Traditional Scales
The most important thing you must understand about getting in shape is that the general term "losing weight" can mean a lot of things, including losing precious muscle tissue. To be able to proceed with your weight loss plan in a healthy way that gives you that toned and muscular body you have always wanted, you need to lose fat and build muscle at the same time.
Muscle tissue is known to be heavier that adipose tissue, which also means that if things go well and your dieting and exercise routine is working, you might drop dress sizes, but not necessarily see the desired results on conventional scales. And this is when body fat scales come into the picture.
These advanced devices are able to measure not only overall weight, but the percentage of body fat as well and it is exactly that percentage that will tell you whether your weight loss program is working. While traditional bathroom scales measure your weight by measuring the pressure it detects, body fat scales such as this one by GoWISE release a very small electrical current, sending it up one of your feet touching the scales and down on the other, then measuring the resistance encountered by the current. Fat has more resistance, so the higher the resistance met by the current, the higher percentage of fat in the measured body.
To summarize, the best way to keep accurate track of your weight loss efforts is by stepping on your scales in the morning, right after you wake up and using body fat scales. Weigh yourself regularly–your weight and body fat-related data will help you move in the right direction and will also inform you whether you need to make adjustments to your diet and your exercise regimen if you seem to have reached a plateau.