I asked one of my online clients last week, how often she weighed herself and her reply was ‘I only weigh myself when I think I’ve lost weight’

My reply was ‘me too!’

Along with I won’t go clothes shopping when I feel fat because there is no way I’m buying them in a bigger size or looking in the mirror semi naked. Those changing rooms that show your body from every angle are enough to have the skinniest of us burst into tears.

It makes no sense because when you do lose weight, you need to know what you were before you lost the weight! I’m not a huge fan of the scales other than to know what weight you are.

Being fit, having good muscle tone and fitting the clothes size you desire is more important. But the scales do have that role to play of recording your starting point and giving you a sense of achievement when reaching your goal.

Not to be confused with weighing yourself every day to see if you’ve lost a pound (guilty!)

I do weigh and measurements with the girls in the Studio once a month, some don’t want or need to do them and that’s fine but for those who lose a stone or more, it keeps them on track and hopefully gives them a boost.

I have witnessed in the past, trainers using them to tell a client they are overweight or obese. You don’t need the scales to tell you that and I think it’s quite cruel, I write the number down and we look at it again the next month.

A gym I worked at had the scales fixed so clients thought they were heavier than they were. Apparently it was to motivate them…

I weighed myself at my heaviest last year 13 stone 8 lbs and I’m so glad I did. It shocked me into action and I’m now 10 stone 10 pounds and it feels great. I took a series of photos too but didn’t do it when I felt so heavy and now I regret I can’t look at the results and see it!

Some fun facts about weight:

Eating a bar of chocolate the same day as your weigh in will not make a difference

If you’re constipated or have’nt done your daily poo you will be a couple of pounds heavier

If you’re dehydrated you will be a pound or two lighter

For women, periods and menopause can make you heavier, especially before and during your period

The time of day you weigh yourself can change your weight, so stick to mornings or evening

It’s possible to drop a dress size and stay the same weight, it’s also possible to drop the dress and put weight on.

Taking off jewellery and your knickers is desperate, it won’t even lose you 1 pound

So, yeah the scales have their place in weight management if used correctly and I do think it’s a part of training my clients but it’s only one part of it. I prefer looking at them, seeing them shrink in their clothes and moving, lifting weight, being strong, fit and happy

How often do you weigh yourself?


Carolyne is the owner of Fit Strong Females with a Studio in Glasgow City Centre and an Online Membership Site, with 18 years experience. She is also a Fitness, Success and Food Blogger, Author and Writer. You can contact her at carolyne@fitstrongfemales.com or find more information at fitstrongfemales.com 

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