With all these new diets now a month old from the turn of the new year, you may have started a new workout regime and are happy with your progress. But now comes the time to step on the scales and find out if it was all worth it.

In some cases, you may have lost no weight, instead gained muscle mass, and in some cases, your weight could have increased.

But in the case that you have not lost as much as you thought you had, do you continue with your current new plans or throw the towel in? Some people will use the scale to determine how hard they diet the week after or restrict food intake. These are all normal and reasonable reactions to the lack of progress, however, weight loss and maintenance can be tricky to navigate.

Your weight is an ever changing number which can be affected by a number of things, from how hydrated you are, what your last meal was, bathroom habits and even your workout regime. A few pounds fluctuation is not the direct result of weight and fat gain but a result of what your body is doing.

When it comes to knowing how often you should weigh yourself, you need to understand what your overall goals are – is it to lose weight, gain muscle or maintain a steady weight?

Daily Weight Check

Many people will find comfort in weighing daily for the update it provides, giving them a sense of accountability and is helpful for having a good idea of progress day to day. For those who prefer this timescale, it helps to keep progress on track, if you’re able to look at the overall trend and not stress about fluctuation, then this could be ideal for you.

Weekly Weigh Ins

Weighing in weekly can have its downfalls and advantages – it will allow you to track progress while still have the extra six days to focus on your weight. For the best results, doing weekly weigh ins, you should pick a day that is consistent and weigh yourself in the morning. Build trends up over several weeks to understand your weight.

Never Weigh In

For some people, it is more beneficial not to have a scale in the house and never monitor their weight. Some people find it helpful to focus on how they feel in their clothes, balance their meals and snacks and how they perform during exercise – understand their own body. There is a lot more to health than what number is shown up on the scale.