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What Time Of The Day Is The Best To Weigh Yourself?

When it comes to things we dread, seeing the dial on the weighing machine flicker to an undesired weight is something we dread with all our might. Weighing oneself is pretty scary, no matter how many times we have seen the same weight show up on the dial, it still scares the most of us. However, when it comes to blasted scale, there’s nothing to fear! It has been made known by experts and specialists that people who have been losing weight and have been successful in keeping off the extra weight and have been maintaining a healthier weight, weigh themselves on a regular basis.

What Time Of The Day Is The Best To Weigh Yourself?

What Time Of The Day Is The Best To Weigh Yourself?

It seems like science finally has revealed the time of the day which is considered to be the best for weighing oneself. Apparently it has been proved that there is the difference of hell and heaven between one’s weights during the day, right after one wakes up and at night, before they go to bed. According to what the experts say, one should check their weight right after they have emptied their bladder and before they have eaten or been to the gym. That is more or less than accurate weight. However, the doctor say that one must weigh themselves only once a day and that they also must stick to that particular time and follow the time table ardently as it is hard to get the accurate weight because human body weight keeps fluctuating. Many weight loss experts have ask people to make it their morning ritual.

One needs to keep an eye on the weight consistently as it helps to manage the body and make decisions about the health in a better way. Studies have mentioned that it is a better and an effective procedure to keep one from gaining unnecessary weight. It is important to weigh oneself early in the morning on an empty stomach and after using the bathroom facilities because there are no traces of any added weight of food or fluid from the digestive tract. One particular advice is to put on minimal clothing while weighing oneself, because the fabric or the garment will add on some extra weight to one’s body weight. One must keep in mind that the body weight fluctuates to almost about 3 to 4 pounds for an average person within the time span of a single day. In women, variations in weight on a monthly basis are pretty natural and common due to menstruation.

Things to keep in mind, to weigh yourself properly, at the best time of the day:

As mentioned earlier, it is very important for people to maintain a healthy schedule for weighing themselves. Having a little too much of unnecessary weight is extremely and healthy and has a high chance of leading to constant feelings of disappointment. On the flip side, not weighing oneself means to ignore the health. It is very healthy to maintain a general awareness of one’s weight and in turn, make it healthier. The body of human beings is extremely complex and works in funny ways. It happens to deal with too many factors every time. It is very necessary to have the right information always. Mentioned below are certain easy steps which can help an individual by themselves:

  • One must always weigh themselves early in the morning right after waking up. This is because during that time, the body does not have any added weight from food or fluids.
  • It is extremely necessary for one to weigh themselves at the same time each day because if their sleep schedule is the same each time, it can be ensure that the food once digested has not added anything new in the body.
  • It is necessary to weigh oneself naked, on empty stomach or after the regular bowel movements of the day as it is obvious that food and clothing add extra weight.
  • If the salt intake of the body is too much, one must wait for 2 to 3 days for the body to readjust. This is because the intake of excess salt will cause the body water to retain. Drinking of more water to flush it all out is advisable.
  • If one happens to indulge themselves in too much of cheat treat, they must give the body about 3 to 5 days to come to the baseline.
  • Important enough, it is necessary to use the same scale. Scales are extremely sensitive sometimes and happen to malfunction.

Why is Morning the Best Time to Weigh Oneself?

Most of us have days when we are obsessively checking our weight, worrying ourselves off the edge, desperately hoping that the dial on the scale will point at a lesser number or the number on the scale will drop at least half a pound. But checking out weight at different times of the day without any rhyme or reason does nothing, but add on to our already increasing tension.

The best time to weigh oneself is during the morning hours, right after waking up. Generally, when we wake up in the morning, we do not have the extra added weight of a recently undigested meal in our system; hence we weigh less in the morning. Another reason why we notice a sizable drop in our weight in the morning is due to dehydration of the body during the night. It is also possible that we weigh less in the morning because our body burns calories while we are asleep, from the food consumed the night before in order to fuel the basic bodily functions, such as breathing and generation of body heat and sweating. Everything that we consume the night before is broken down and eliminated through the processes of respiration, perspiration or urination. But it is more of less the actual and true reading on one’s weight.

Weighing oneself properly in the morning is vital if one wants a true reading of their actual body weight. Weighing oneself after a heavy morning workout could result in a lower than normal weight reading, thanks to sweating buckets during the workout session. However, it is the not the true reflection of one’s actual body weight. Hence, weighing oneself in the morning before working out rigorously in the gym, before having any breakfast or drinking any water (for reference, just a cup of water adds half-a-pound to the body weight of an individual) is important. It is also necessary that one should weigh themselves in the morning after they have a bowel movement, as it empties the colon and thus, shrugs off the added weight. If you are to take care of business, first thing in the morning, weigh yourself after using the facilities.

There is a common notion that we weigh more when we have clothes on, it does not really matter that we have clothes on while weighing ourselves as long as we don’t wear anything which weighs quite an amount on its own. The only trick is to stay consistent about our weighing habits and always wear something that hardly adds onto our body weight.

During the day, our weight fluctuates, and it is in part determined by the things we consume, one may experience weight gain through the day due to heavy eating, a heavy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Weighing oneself any other time of the day, other than first thing in the morning on an empty stomach quite naturally throws things off completely. Even though it depends from person to person, the amount of weight they gain through the entire course of the day, on an average, a human being puts on 2-4 pounds of weight from morning till night. Every bit of sweating, eating and drinking and whatever we do or do not do in the course of the day, destroys any sense of accuracy in the body weight of an individual. Even though most of the time, one cannot eat enough in a day to gain more than 2-4 within the time span of a single day, if there is a noticeable dramatic change in the weight after the day, high chances are it is due to high water consumption. Other issues which take place over a longer period of time, more than the course of a day, such as constipation may cause an individual to weigh more, while other ailments such as a fever or the flu may cause a drop in the body weight of an individual.

Why Weigh Yourself In The Morning And Not Any Other Time Of The Day?

Weighing yourself at different times of the day, consistently does not give you the real picture of your body weight. The most appropriate time for weighing oneself should be in the morning, after waking up, before having any breakfast or consuming any water and most importantly after going to the bathroom. As mentioned earlier, weighing oneself without using the bathroom and after having breakfast in the morning does not give out the ‘true’ weight of an individual, as you have the extra weight from the fluids and food in your digestive tract. Weighing oneself at the same time of the day, making it a routine to check your weight consistently every morning at the same time helps an individual to maintain a healthy weight, thus preventing diseases. Weighing yourself in the morning is vital, because throughout the day as we eat three meals, a breakfast, a lunch and a dinner, the amount of food and fluids that we consume only adds on to our actual weight. It is crazy to think how much our body weight fluctuates in the course of a single day.

A simple question seems to keep making its rounds most people tend to ask why do people way more when they go to sleep then when they wake up? It is because we lose carbon at night and water too. Every night when one breathes out, they give out more than a bunch of carbon atoms which weigh nothing more than a fraction of a gram. Hence, when one wakes up, he or she is more or less ‘carbon depleted’, thus, feeling lighter by a pound or more. But that’s not all one loses. We also tend to exhale vapor of water.

Weighing oneself early in the afternoon, in the evening or at night is technically not right. Throughout the day, the human body tends to gain weight. It gains weight because of the water intake, consumption of food, the amount of calories gained and many other reasons. The body is in its purest form early in the morning which is why the weight recorded during that time is more or less accurate.

The body weight keeps fluctuating throughout the day which is very normal for the body. If one weighs their self every morning, the fluctuation of their weight is pretty evident to them. If one weighs their body before going to bed at night and then again right after they wake up early in the morning, the weight fluctuation is even more obvious. The amount of calories burned while one sleeps varies from one person to another. It is recorded in various studies that an average person burns almost about 77 calories per hour, which adds up to 700 calories during an eight hour night.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 5, 2023

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