Scale Obsessed

I have a friend from the gym who weighs himself multiple times a day. He uses 2 different scales then weighs himself with clothes on and then with his clothes off. Then he weighs himself again before his workouts and afterwards. I ask him, what’s the point? He says he likes the scale at home better, as he uses it after the shower (making sure he dries himself completely, as not to add any weight from the water droplets) and it’s a couple pounds less than the one at the gym.

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I have a friend from the gym who weighs himself multiple times a day. He uses 2 different scales then weighs himself with clothes on and then with his clothes off. Then he weighs himself again before his workouts and afterwards. I ask him, what’s the point? He says he likes the scale at home better, as he uses it after the shower (making sure he dries himself completely, as not to add any weight from the water droplets) and it’s a couple pounds less than the one at the gym.

I told him just stick to 1 scale and to weigh himself at the same time each day. I told him that he’s making himself crazy with the “I weigh “X” at the gym before my workouts, then “X” at the gym after my workouts, then “X” at home before a shower, and then “X” at home after a shower.” I’ve told him multiple times he makes himself nuts with all the different numbers.

I weigh myself every time I go to the gym, so it’s usually the same time in the morning, with about the same thing in my stomach. I usually go 3 times a week. I don’t always get on the scale if I know I’ve had a poor eating weekend and the salt alone will make the scale go up way too much. Doing so only plays a mental defeatist game with my head. So I know that when I’ve eaten badly, I avoid the scale until the next workout.

There are quite a few opinions on to how often we should weigh ourselves. I think it is a personal choice, and it is very hard for me to go to the gym and not do so – especially if I know I’ve been on track with my eating. But then again, if I have been doing well and the number does not reflect that, it can be discouraging. By now I do know how my body works and it may take a couple of days to reflect my hard work, so I try not to let the scale control my mental outlook. When my weight does go in my favor, I usually do have a better workout and it does have the opposite effect when it goes the other way around, despite healthy eating.

Some say a daily weigh-in will keep you in check and if you find that the numbers are going the wrong way, you can immediately correct it. Some say there are too many fluctuations, especially in a woman’s body, and that a weekly weigh-in is the best decision, so as to not get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. Some people may not even get on the scale at all, and just use their clothes as a guide.

It is a personal choice. I have tried to not live and die by the scale but it is very hard for a food addict like me to not use the scale as my guide, and to keep me in check when the number is higher than I would like. I know depending on the time of month, sometimes the scale will not go down no matter what I do. I know all these things, but I am like most of you – I want to see the number go down. I want to see my efforts rewarded on the scale.

It has been very hard for me, as I have been within the same weight range for 2 years now – which I know is a wonderful thing. But I am still trying to get to the next level, and I feel like I am sometimes scale obsessed, just not as obsessed as my gym friend.

Blog written by Ed and Terri Masak
Ed and Terri have been married for almost 20 years. Together, they made the commitment to get healthy for each other and their 2...