At its best, stepping on the scales is a simple exercise in maths. At its worst, that maths can feel like you’re tackling algebra without a teacher: puzzling, stressful, frustrating. (And you don’t even get a cool pencil case as a reward.)
So, does this mean we’ve got our scales technique all wrong?
Quite possibly, says Dr Cindy Pan, a women’s health expert with over a decade’s experience as a GP. “If you feel good, look good and are generally in good health, there’s no reason to weigh yourself at all,” she reveals.
In this case, the fit of your clothes is a better guide of any weight fluctuations. “If you’re eating healthily, daily weigh-ins aren’t helpful. It would be like having a mammogram every day – there’s just no need.”
If you are trying to lose weight, say, for health reasons, Dr Pan agrees that weighing yourself can be encouraging. But it has to be done in a way that benefits YOUR cause, “And there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to this,” she admits.