When Should You Weigh Yourself?

There are so many ways I could answer this question. 

It’s vital that you weigh yourself at the right time of day. The frequency of your weigh-in depends on the type of workouts you’re currently doing.

Cardio and Weigh-Ins

If your current workouts consist of a great deal of cardio, I recommend doing a weekly or monthly weigh-in. 

Have you ever seen someone become addicted to cardio? It happens pretty often, and it can result in rapid weight loss. This may sound like a positive thing, but in all actuality, it isn’t. However, if you have hundreds of pounds to lose, your doctor may recommend that you lose quicker than the average person so you can get your health aligned rapidly. 

However, if your healthcare provider didn’t recommend that, take it slow and introduce weights into your workout. Monitor your weight to ensure that you are taking it slow.

Weighlifting and Weigh-Ins

When weights are introduced to your plan, your body will react in such a powerful way. However, weight gain may come alongside that power. If it does, focus more on the inches you have lost and how your clothes fit. Those two ways are a far more accurate way to test if your body is changing for the better. Weigh yourself once a week or once a month for a more precise read.

Menstruating and Weigh-Ins

Every woman is different, but I stay away from the scale to stay on the safe side. It is common to have 5 pounds or so of additional weight gain during this time. I’ll dive deep into this topic in another post. Your primary focus during this time should be resting, stretching, staying away from salty foods, and taking care of your body more than ever before.

Time of Day and Weigh-Ins

Stay away from the scale if you have already eaten or drank water, coffee, tea, or anything else. Your body reaches its lowest weight when you hop out of bed from a long, restful night. I can not stress restful enough. If you wake up tired, then the chances of your body holding on to weight is exceptionally high. SO SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP!

A weigh-in should be used to gauge if you are losing too fast or too slow. In either case, something may be wrong, and you may need to consult with your health care provider. 

Please don’t do a daily, monthly or yearly weigh-in to gauge your worth. You’re perfect just the way you are!

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15 Replies to “When Should You Weigh Yourself?”

  1. If you have heart issues you should weigh yourself daily, in the AM, after using the “facilities”. Heart failure will often show itself with a 2+ pound weigh gain per day. If you are seeing that you need to call your Doctor! <3

    1. Thank you for adding that. If you have any conditions you should follow doctors orders ONLY! A health coach, trainer and nutritionist are not equipped to give out advice.
      Thank you so much for sharing that.

  2. Great post, Bella! Because I’m menopausal and 50 years old, I have bouts with insomnia and it’s caused me to gain a little. I’ll definitely start sleeping more even if I mustbtrain my body to go to bed earlier. I can say this. Lately I’ve increased my water intake and I’ve found that I don’t get near as hungry when I drink lots of water. I’ve also began walking since the weather is getting cooler. Next on the agenda is getting back to cardio and weights like I was doing last year. So, let the weightloss begin.

    1. Good job!!!!
      It seems like we go through more changes than we can keep up with. Our bodies are fighting against every chance it gets. It can be frustrating but we have to learn how to shift our workouts, sleeping schedule and relax.

      It sounds like you are ready to go 💪🏽🙌🏾

      1. Thank you so much, Bella. I can say that I finally went to bed at a decent hour last night (10pm) and woke up about 30 minutes ago, which is perfect! 7 hours of sleep is perfect for me. Before last night, I was getting between 5-6 hours and it definitely makes a difference. 😊

  3. Fantastic advice! A few years ago, I did get a little addicted with cardio. I’d be constantly weighing myself at any time of the day. Now I focus more on a mixture of cardio and weights. I will start to weigh myself now before drinking coffee!

    1. I did the same thing and it drove me mad! Weighing yourself before coffee and as soon as you wake up is such a great idea. Then push the scale away!
      So glad that yo mix it up. Doesn’t feel so good?

  4. Guurrrllll, great advice Belladonna, but honey I stopped weighing myself for the sake of sanity. 😝 I still exercise, watch most of what I eat, but I have a tendency to overdo it with my exercise at times and I pay for it dearly for about a couple of day! When my weight didn’t match my height according to my doctor, I just opted to be healthy. I do light weights to try to maintain. But honey, I got rid of my scale…too dangerous! LMBO 😅 😂 🤣 But sista, I truly applaud your commitment! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Great advice! 👍🏼

    1. Thank you!
      Yes, good for you for throwing thte scale out. It will leave more frustrated than aanything else. So many of my clients are fixated on a number and not how they feel.

      1. WHEW…boy am I sooooo glad to hear your affirmation girl. It was either that, or I was going to hurl that scale at my doctor who would casually bring up my BMI, like I stole something! SMH 😫 Where is the justice in all of this? ⚖️

      2. I can’t stand being weighed at the doctors office. And I really dislike when they talk weight in front of kids. Especially when they are going through puberty and everything is out of whack for a couple of years.

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