1-day Plateaus? Our relationship with the scale.
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
I used to be obsessive about weighing myself, sometimes multiple times a day. I am trying to decrease that. I would like to weigh once per week, but I am actually weighing about 3-4 times per week. I know for some people daily weigh-ins work, and that is great as long as they don't have a negative impact from that.
I have a relative who is also working on losing weight. She weighs herself everyday. This week she mentioned to me that she is having trouble with plateaus. We report our results to each other every week and I know that she has been losing .5 - 2 pounds every single week for the last couple months. I said, "Wait! Do you mean that your weight is not going down every single day during the week? Is that what you mean by plateaus?!" Yes, that is what she meant. I was horrified. This is not the definition of a plateau. What a way to set oneself up for failure. I can't imagine thinking of several days every single week as being plateaus.
We all need to look at our relationship with the scale and decide what works best for us. If daily weighing causes no stress - great. But if it does cause stress or unrealistic expectations then it may be time to change things up a bit.