The scale is an effective tool to monitor your weight. But how to go about it and what are the mistakes not to be made? Dr. Nina Cohen-Koubi, nutritionist doctor, answers us.

Only trust the scale

The scale is a tool to keep an eye on its weight, whether we want to stabilize it, take it or lose it. However, the numbers shown on the scale may vary for a variety of reasons: depending on the support on which it is placed, depending on the model, or the time of day.

To have a precise result, one can also measure one’s waist . “It’s a very good indicator to see the progression of a person’s weight loss . ” says Dr. Nina Cohen-Koubi, nutritionist physician .

Use the scale several times a day

“Weighing ourselves daily, morning, noon and night, can cause stress in the individual. However, the stress hormone makes you want to eat to compensate, which can lead to weight gain “ warns the specialist.

Weighing once a day can be part of the morning routine, but be careful that it does not become an obsession. This is why it is recommended to weigh yourself weekly.

To weigh yourself after a meal too rich

To weigh yourself after a rich meal is not ideal. If you want to lose weight , the displayed number may discourage you! It is better to weigh yourself on an empty stomach so as not to distort the results.

Get on the scales at night

“It is better to weigh yourself in the morning when you wake up, because you have to have an empty stomach ,  advises Dr. Cohen-Koubi. If you weigh yourself in the evening, the scale may not give the exact weight .

Stay fully dressed

In order for the figures displayed on the scale to match our weight as much as possible, it is recommended that you weigh yourself bare. We avoid to keep his big sweater when you climb on the device.

To weigh yourself after a physical activity

To weigh yourself after an hour of running , cycling or fitness will not give the right data, even if the weight displayed may please those who want to lose weight. The scale will indicate a figure certainly below the exact data because the body will have evacuated a lot of water.

To worry because of a small variation of weight

Even with a balanced diet , the weight can change from one week to another, among other things because of the menstrual cycle . Dr. Nina Cohen-Koubi says it can fluctuate slightly “from 500 grams to 2 kilos” . So, no need to worry if the weight is not accurate to the nearest gram depending on the weeks.

Place the scale in the wrong place

The scale should be placed on a flat surface, such as tiling, for optimum results. It is avoided, for example, to place it on carpet and it is necessary that the object is always in the same position.

Leaning against a wall during weighing

Proper weighting requires good posture . When standing on the device, you must be barefoot and stand up straight, do not lean forward and relax. Beware of clever people who want to cheat by leaning against a wall: you keep your arms along your body.

Being obsessed with the figure on the scale

The number indicated on the device can become a source of stress and worry, which goes against the success of weight loss. “She asks for a framework, appeasement, and especially not a headache” insists Dr. Cohen-Koubi.

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