How Often Should You Be Weighing Yourself?

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I know what you’re thinking: The only weight you’re worried about right now is the turkey’s. But with such a gluttonous holiday at hand, and holiday parties sure to pack on the pounds-you’ll care about the scale again come New Years (when all the “New Year, New You” mumbo jumbo starts up).

Some weigh themselves every day (I’m guilty), others once a week, and some are lucky if they get weighed once a year at the doctor. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar recently confessed to Self Magazine that she doesn’t keep a scale in her house.

“You can’t live your life by the scale. We don’t even have one in our house. I’ve never believed in them, because your weight fluctuates,” she told the magazine. “It’s more about how my clothing fits than a number.”

The popular diet plan Weight Watchers (rated Best Commercial Diet Plan) recommends you weigh yourself once a week if you’re trying to lose, and once a month if you’re just maintaining. Why not everyday? Well, just like Gellar said, your weight goes up and down, even throughout the day, so keeping such a close tally could be negative on your self image.

Also, the number on the scale doesn’t tell the whole story. You could be gaining or losing muscle fat, and that could be the reason for a number spike or drop. Really, using your clothes as a measure, or a weekly or monthly weigh in, done at the same time of day, is best.

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