Diet: when and how to properly weigh yourself?
In order for the numbers displayed on the scale to correspond to our weight as closely as possible, it is best to learn how to use the scales correctly. How do I do it? The opinion of Dr. Nina Cohen Kobe, Dietitian.
A scale can be useful for taking a look at our weight, whether we want to maintain it, gain it or lose a few pounds. It is still necessary to learn how to use this rather volatile device wisely. Depending on what support it is placed on, depending on the model or time of day, the weight displayed on the scale may vary.
Tips for properly weighing yourself
In order for the numbers displayed on the scale to correspond as closely as possible to our weight, "it's best to weigh yourself in the morning, on an empty stomach, and naked," says Dr. Nina Cohen-Kobe, a registered dietitian. Wearing a large jacket or standing on a scale after eating a raclette can falsify the result. Likewise, if you exercise: weighing yourself after 40 minutes of running will not give the exact weight, because the body will have excreted a lot of water.
The scale should be placed on a flat surface such as tile and should not be used on carpet. You must always be in the same position. When you stand on the machine barefoot, you should stand straight without bending forward and relax. No need to lean against the wall, we don't cheat! For an accurate result, you can also measure your waist circumference. "It's a very good indication that you can see progress in the person's weight loss," says the doctor.
Be careful not to obsess over numbers
Even with a balanced diet, weight can change from week to week, ranging from 500g to 2kg, especially due to the menstrual cycle. This should be taken into account and there is no need to worry if the weight fluctuates slightly. In addition, it is preferable to weigh yourself weekly. Dr. Nina Cohen-Kobe warns that "if some people weigh themselves every day, why not, but we must be careful that these numbers do not become an obsession".
The specialist continues: "Weighing yourself every day, morning, noon and evening, can cause stress on the individual. However, the stress hormone makes you want to eat to compensate, which can lead to weight gain." So weighing yourself every day can become a vicious cycle. “Successful weight loss requires calm down, a framework, and above all no headache.”