The idea of stepping on the scale is a little controversial. Some experts, including Harley Pasternak, will tell you not to have a scale and not to weigh yourself. Psychotherapist Dr. Kathryn Smerling agrees, pointing out that fixating on the numbers on the scale can turn into an unhealthy obsession and make you forget about the importance of focusing on “feeling good in body and spirit.”
“If you have gained a pound, then very often that will lead to emotional depression,” Dr. Smerling said. “If you have lost a pound, it can lead to elation and a feeling that you can reward yourself. Being on the scale tends to have a yo-yo effect on our emotions and our weight.”
But if weight loss is your goal, the numbers on the scale can be a valuable piece of information and way to monitor progress. If you’ve recently made a change to your diet or your activity level, weighing yourself can be a good indication of whether what you’re doing is working.
If you choose to use the scale as a tool, NASM- and NSCA-certified personal trainer and nutrition coach Chad Hargrove isn’t a fan of once-a-week weigh-ins but rather weekly averages. “You should get on the scale more, not less,” he said. If you weigh yourself every morning, you can calculate the seven-day average to more accurately illustrate true progress over time.