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The Daily Weigh In: to scale or not to scale

Posted Mar 20 2011 6:01am

Speak with multiple fitness experts and most likely their opinions on using a scale will vary. While some say it is essential to weigh yourself regularly, others will argue that since muscle weighs more than fat a scale is not an accurate way to track your progress. There was even a study done by the University of Minnesota which concluded that people who weighed themselves daily post-diet were about 12 to 18 pounds lighter than those who didn’t.

Kelly and I were speaking about this via email the other day. I am somewhere in the middle of this debate; I feel that it is important to weigh yourself on a regular basis so that you are aware of changes happening, but at the end of the day you should go by how you feel and how your clothes fit rather than what the number says.

Like most women, while I am not always happy with the results, I do step on the scale every morning after brushing my teeth just to monitor fluctuation.

What about you? What are your thoughts on using a scale? Do you weigh yourself regularity?

Side note: I am so glad that so many of you liked the “ 10 Fitness Pros You Should Be Following on Twitter ” post! I can certainly do more things like this, let me know if there are any suggestions you have for topics! :)

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