Body weight is an objective measurement that requires thoughtful interpretation. For most people, it’s not the be all and end all. Nonetheless it can be a great indictor of progression depending on your goal & most clients who come to us with fat loss goals also want to see their body weight reduce.
However, before using body weight as a means of measuring progress, we need to create a reliable way of measuring it.
Although this sounds like a simple task, we see many people set themselves up for failure by making simple mistakes, such as;
- Taking multiple readings per day
- Using different scales
- Moving the scales to different flooring
- Taking readings at different times
- Using the scales infrequently
If you are making any of those mistakes, you may find yourself frustrated with inconsistent & sporadic results.
This isn’t helpful.
When you are using body weight as a progress metric – ensure you follow these tips so that you can get reliable and informative measurements;
- Make sure your bodyweight measurement is one of the first things you do in the morning
- Keep your ‘routine’ as consistent as possible around measuring
- Use your scales on the same hard flooring
- Only use one set of scales
- Weight yourself naked or in consistent garments
- Take multiples measurements & use the most consistent reading
- Don’t weight yourself elsewhere or at different times of day.
Consistency is key to getting reliable body weight data which you can use to compare progress over time.