Myth 9: You Should Weigh Yourself Every Day
There are many misconceptions about proper nutrition and exercise. Nutritionists from the Pediatric Fitness Clinic explore different myths and misconceptions, the truth behind them, and offer suggestions for what you can do instead.
Myth: You should weigh yourself every day.
Truth: Your weight does not define you. The number on the scale is not a good measure for success. Remember, changing your body on the inside to become healthier will not and should not happen overnight.
The Pediatric Fitness Clinic staff does not endorse weighing children at home. When children are weighed in clinic, the clinic staff does not disclose this information to the patient. Remember that a pound of muscle and a pound of fat both weigh a pound. So, if you are replacing a pound of fat with a pound of muscle, you will not see a difference on the scale.
A pound of muscle looks like a chicken breast; a pound of fat looks like a bag of marshmallows. If you are changing the bag of marshmallows over to the piece of chicken, you are taking up less space in your body and you are becoming healthier on the inside.
Try This Instead
Pay attention to how your clothes feel. How is your fitness level changing and how does that make you feel on the inside? Remember, changing your body on the inside to become healthier will not and should not happen overnight. The goal should be small changes that become normal daily choices for you.
For adults pursuing a healthier weight, it is best to weigh yourself one time per week to keep track of trends. Daily weights can be misleading due to shifts in fluid. Do not encourage regular weighing of your children at home.