Is Your Scale Ruining Your Diet?

A plate with a scale on it(BlackDoctor.org) — Scales are supposed to help you lose weight by allowing you to document your weight loss. But sometimes, they can be more of a hindrance than a help.

If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to keep track of how much you weigh; but stepping on the scale too often can ruin your attempt at shedding excess pounds.

Scale-Obsession and Healthy Weight

Weighing yourself every day, or many times a day, can sabotage your eating plan for getting to a healthy weight. It can be frustrating to see movement on the scale, and it might take you away from sticking with your plan, especially if the numbers on the scale go up.

A study of Minnesota junior high and high school students found that girls who frequently weighed themselves often resorted to unhealthy dieting tactics such as skipping meals, smoking and using diet pills or laxatives to reach a healthy weight. Frequent self-weighers also tended to gain more weight than girls who did not weigh themselves that often.