If you’re dieting to lose a few pounds, stepping on the scale might be a helpful tool to keep you motivated. Though it’s possible to diet scale-free, there are many benefits — and only a few downsides — to weighing yourself every day. Here are the pros and cons of daily weighing, and how to deal when results just aren’t happening fast enough.
Pro: You learn to hold yourself accountable
Losing weight is hard. It’s much harder when you don’t have consistent motivation to hit a weight-loss target. Many diet programs offer online support and in-person group accountability to help participants succeed. But when you’re on your own, making weigh-ins a daily habit might be just what you need to keep your motivation alive.
Tracking your progress over the long-term can also help you stick to your goals and avoid major setbacks. SFGate suggests keeping a record of your weight-loss progress, such as a journal, to hold yourself accountable from day to day. This allows you to look back on your small achievements over previous weeks, which could motivate you to continue pursuing new goals.