TO WEIGHT, OR NOT TO WEIGH… THAT IS THE QUESTION

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I weigh myself almost every day. I weigh myself in the nude when I first get up, after urinating, so as to have constant conditions.

I believe the scale can provide me with an early warning sign of weight gain, reminding me to get “on point.”

Some experts (such as Drs. Roizen and Oz) suggest using WAIST measurements instead.  It is true that good habits (food choice; exercise) can lead to losing inches even if your weight doesn’t change (much).  So keeping track of both (weight and waist), as well as occasionally photographing yourself, or better yet – seeing how those old jeans fit! – can help keep you on track.

People who are against daily weighing point out that weight fluctuates from day to day, and that healthy weight loss is slow – they fear people will get discouraged if they don’t lose a lot of weight, and worse, overeat out of depression should they gain a little weight.

A study in diabetics showed that daily weighing was associated with greater weight loss.

The good folks at Structure House taught me to self weigh every day, and I continue to do that.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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