By Bob Greene for TheBestLife.com
What kind of relationship do you have with the scale? Is it a trusted friend who helps you stay on track? Do you avoid it at all costs because the reading can make or break your mood…and your motivation? Or do you fall somewhere in between?
There has been some debate over the value of regular weigh-ins when it comes to weight loss. Some research suggests that regularly stepping on the scale—weekly, or even daily—can help you stay on track. That’s because it can be motivating to watch the numbers drop, and it’s easier to catch small gains and prevent them from becoming bigger gains when you’re tracking your weight on a consistent basis.
However, there is a downside to the scale. For some people, those numbers tend to have too much power. A bad reading often translates to a bad mood: If you don’t lose as much as you expected to, or worse, you put on a pound or two, you may feel defeated and be tempted to go off track. (more…)
By Janetha Gallegos
The scale is a funny thing. Many of us fall victim to letting a number dictate our mood. A single, solitary number can control our whole life. I was a victim to the scale. A few years ago, I’d step on the scale multiple times a day. That number flashing back at me could make or break my day. Looking back, I realize how ridiculous that was. It was a joke!
These days, I truly think the number on the scale is a joke. Let me explain why.
A couple years ago I broke up with the scale. I’d realized my unhealthy addiction to weighing myself and so I gave it up—cold turkey. It had been over two years since I weighed myself when my husband asked if I would go get my body fat checked with him. He didn’t want to go alone—not because he was scared, but simply because he wanted some company. But me? I was terrified. I didn’t know how much I weighed and I did not want to know. But I also wanted to support him and not make him think I am a crazy person who is deathly afraid of weighing herself. (Dramatic much?) (more…)
By Jason Brick
It’s natural to want to weigh in frequently while you’re on a weight loss program. The feedback can keep you motivated when you succeed, and keep you on track by warning you that you’re starting to slip.
But weighing in the wrong way can have just the opposite effect, with your body’s natural rhythms giving you frustrating and inconsistent readings.
Weigh In Once Per Week
Your body weight will fluctuate from day to day by several pounds. If you weigh in daily, those fluctuations will give you an unrealistically low weight one day and a frustratingly high weight the next. Weighing in just once a week will avoid these short-term changes and keep track of the overall trend of your body weight.
This guest post was submitted by The Fresh Diet, a Florida-based meal delivery company whose food is based on the 40% carbohydrates, 30% proteins and 30% fats diet concept.
Clearly the easiest way to measure your dieting success is to check the scale. Who doesn’t like to step on a scale when dieting and see that they’ve lost weight!
But, too much reliance on the scale can actually have a negative affect on your diet progress. That’s why we recommend only using the scale once a week.
Why? Throughout any given week your weight will fluctuate. What most dieters don’t realize is that the amount of salt you eat actually regulates the amount of water in your body. And based on changes in salt intake the water level in your body will shift too. (more…)
If you are a scale junkie, you might not like what I have to say.
If you get on the scale multiple times a day, and let those numbers decide what kind of a day you’re going to have, you are not only driving yourself crazy, you’re also wasting your time.
Your weight fluctuates day to day, hour to hour, three, four, even five pounds at a time. It’s normal, and it has nothing to do with how well you have been dieting or how hard you have been exercising. You can’t control it.
If you are a rational human being, you know that it is impossible to gain five pounds of excess fat in a day unless you entered a pie eating contest. So why would you let that stupid number on the scale rule your life? (more…)
With so many diet and weight-loss tools available online, it seems to make sense that wireless scales would come to market. These online scales advertise benefits of improved or even faster weight loss, and while I don’t think a scale will ever have the power to remove those unwanted pounds, there are several benefits specific to the Withings scale that are definitely worth highlighting.
Charting your weight online is a great resource, as it provides you a reference from week to week and month to month. I especially like this, as it may help bring light to time periods where you may have gained weight. What happened during that time period? Was it the holidays? Were you on vacation? Were you going through a tough time? This reflection will help you understand your eating and activity habits to enact changes if need be. (more…)
We’ve all committed at least one. Or maybe two (or five). When it comes to dieting, there are as many “rules” as there are diet books, diet pills and diet gadgets.
But there are a few, seven to be exact, deadly sins of dieting. The list is not meant for you to twist another thorn in your crown or take a swat at your self-esteem, but rather to help us all take a thoughtful look at the unproven things we tell ourselves and do all in the name of health and thinness.
Before you read the seven deadly sins of dieting, resolve to chuckle at yourself when you come across something you ascribe to. And most importantly, commit to living a healthy life today, one that is free of thoughts and behaviors that keep you shackled to the crazy world of diets.
There is a scale out there for everyone. At DietsInReview.com, we thought we had seen it all, with scales that upload your weight online, to even a chair that doubles as a scale. Turns out we haven’t seen it all. The Quantam Scale, which was featured on The Tyra Banks Show and The Bonnie Hunt Show, does not show you your weight. Yes, you read that correctly; it will never show you your actual weight.
When stepping on the scale, it will simply show you how much you have lost or gained, but not those three dreaded numbers.
Like most people, I had a standard scale that I kept in my bathroom and at random times throughout the week would hop on to monitor my weight. I never tracked my weight over time, but simply knew when I got on the scale if I liked the number or not. That was then; this is now. And, scales have become increasingly advanced to help people track their progress toward their weight loss goals.
The Body Trace eScale is one of these advanced scales as it wirelessly uploads your weight to your account on the Body Trace website. Below I have outlined the main features of the site and their functions, along with my comments on each:
Do you have a love-hate relationship with your scale? What if you could design a scale that worked with you as you meet your weight loss goals, rather than just spewing out a number that either makes or breaks your day?
The Escali bathroom scale is as close as you can get to helping you stay on top of meeting and keeping your weight loss goals. The company, which also makes digital scales for the kitchen and for professional use, let us sample one of their sleek and slim Track & Target scales.
The glass digital scale allows you to program in yours and up to three other users’ desired weights. Once you hop on the scale, it calibrates your weight, shows you how much weight you have lost (or gained) since your last weigh-in and how much more weight you have to go before you reach your end goal. The display panel is super easy to read and it even tells you to “Get Off” once the scale has completed determining your weight. It’s pretty darn precise too, measuring a loss or gain of .2 pounds or 0.1 Kg.
Continuing reading to learn more and receive an exclusive 15% Escali coupon. (more…)