Well, today again frustrated from the scale risen? There is actually no reason to do so. Because quite apart from the fact that the weight does not always give information about the health, are often also classic errors when weighing the reason for the crazy-playing scale.
Perhaps you know the feeling when the day can hardly get any worse, even though it hasn’t really started yet, and that’s just because you stood on the scale in the morning and fell off the wagon again. Not to mention that weight alone does not always provide information about physical health: When weighing, many of us make very typical mistakes that falsify the displayed weight.
The 5 most common mistakes when weighing
Weigh before sleeping or after getting up
Neither in the evening nor in the early morning is it useful to stand on the scales. Weighing in the evening, all that has been eaten and drunk during the day is naturally reflected on the scale. But also right after getting up is not the best time to weigh it. During the night the body dehydrates, we do not drink and sweat nevertheless fluid from. This is naturally followed by a distorted result on the scale.
It is ideal to drink about half a liter of water after getting up, thus stimulating the metabolism and compensating for the loss of fluids during the night. After that, you should wait about half an hour. This is the time the body needs to process the necessary fluids and excrete excess ones. After that we go to the scale.
Also, make sure that you have do not stand after a fiber-rich meal on the scale. Fiber binds water and thus, just like salty foods, has an impact on weight.
You should not weigh yourself before going to bed or after getting up – and certainly not every day.
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Weigh every day
Weighing yourself every day can not only be frustrating, it’s not necessary at all. That Weight can change from day to day, depending on circumstances, stress, food intake, environment and so on. Thus, it does you no good to ask the scale for a number every day – on the contrary, it only confuses you.
To keep a realistic and truthful track of your weight, it’s quite enough to weigh yourself weigh yourself once a week. Weigh you also best always on the same day, for you to have a seven-day rhythm keeps. With regard to the weighing day, we would opt for the Wednesday decide. Finnish researchers found out that Wednesday is the best day for weighing, the weekly comparisons are the most stable. They attribute this to the fact that you usually eat more and less thoughtfully on the weekend, but burn off those calories again during the week.
Weighing after a workout
You’ve just had a hard workout and want to confirm that good feeling on the scale right away? Don’t do it. For one thing you lose a lot of water while exercising, which of course influences your weight for a short time and therefore shows a falsified value on the scale after the workout.
On the other hand, training naturally leads you to gain muscle mass and muscles weigh. And that’s a good thing! You are not fat just because the scale shows more. You’ve gained valuable muscle from working out and it’s the number one fat killer.
You shouldn’t weigh yourself after a workout if you hope to get an accurate result.
Scales on the wrong base
Not completely unimportant is in relation to the accuracy of your scale also, where the measuring device stands. Most conventional scales measure on uneven or soft ground less accurately, than on a hard, straight surface. Place your scale in the bathroom or in another tiled place or get a scale that stands well on soft floors such as carpet and measures accurately.
For example, the Withings WBS05 is such a scale, the thanks to carpet feet also on soft ground measures accurately.
You should always make sure that your scale stands on a solid surface or is equipped with appropriate feet.
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Generally you should always weigh on your own scale, because the scale of a friend, for example, can be calibrated quite differently. If you live in a multi-person household, a Personal scale with memory function Sense. The Beurer 761.06 BG 40, for example, is such a personal scale and also the Medisana 4080 ISA personal scale has ten user memory locations.
In addition, it is important what you you want to know from your scale? Probably you think now "the weight, quite clearly"! But beware: Weight alone is usually not enough! An athlete may even have a higher BMI than an overweight, untrained person because of their weight (lots of muscle mass). This is because muscle mass weighs more than fat. That is why it makes sense to get a body analysis scale. This is because it recognizes that your fitness and health will improve even if your weight remains the same or increases.
Whether falsified or completely accurate: the scale is not always right! If you feel good in your body, then you don’t need to weigh yourself at all. What does weight reveal if you like your body, keep it healthy and fit?