3 Reasons Why You Should Weigh Yourself in the Morning
Weighing yourself in the morning can be one of the most important aspects to consistently track your weight and keeping on target with your goals. I do it every morning and because of that, I am able to accurately keep track of my weight and adjust accordingly. Let's go over some of the reasons though why you should start weighing yourself in the morning.
Most Accurate Time to Weigh Yourself
Assuming you're sleeping at night and waking up in the morning, this will be the best time to weigh yourself. Why? The reason being is because your body will be at its most accurate weight. During the period of sleep and waking up, you've gone X amount of hours fasted. (X is the time you slept). When you're fasting and on an empty stomach, is the best time to weigh yourself because intaking any food or water can easily start manipulating your weight. This can lead to confusion on whether you're truly gaining or losing weight. Due to that, you won't be able to make the correct adjustments to your calories and/or macros to adjust for your weight.
There has been plenty of times I've used to weigh myself at random times and think 'wow I gained like 6 pounds in a couple of days!' or 'I lost 3 pounds in a couple of days!'. This was due to the random times of weighing myself and getting different results due to food and water intake throughout the day.
Weighing yourself in the morning leads to no gotchas about your weight. For example, if I weigh myself one morning and I'm 150lbs and I weigh myself the next day in the afternoon and I weigh 152.5, there is no way I gained 2.5lbs of fat in one day. I would have to adjust for the food I intake and the water I intake. This alone can cause too many issues. Weighing yourself in the morning though eliminates this issue. The only gotchas you would have to worry about is if you went out drinking the night before or had an extremely large dinner.
What ties up the 2 points above is that weighing yourself in the morning keeps you and your weight consistent. When you're consistent with weighing yourself, you will be able to get consistent feedback. You will know exactly if you gained extra weight or lost weight. Like I mentioned above, you may have to worry about the accuracy if you went out drinking or had an extremely large dinner, but you can weigh yourself the next morning and notice you will probably lose the extra water weight or bloat you had from the day before. The consistent behavior of weighing yourself in the morning will also lead to other consistent behaviors in your everyday life.
When it comes to fitness and weight management one of the key aspects is consistency. If you're not consistent with it, you won't get the results you want.
I'm a huge advocate for weighing yourself in the morning. One thing I always tell my clients is to weigh themselves every morning. If they start weighing themselves at different times, it's hard to adjust and say if they're accurately losing or gaining weight. Weighing yourself in the morning will keep you consistent and will lead you to consistent results. You will not only have your most accurate weight, but you will also be able to accurately tell how your progress is going and make the proper adjustments as needed.
I always advocate for waking up early in the morning. Check out this article if you want to learn why you should wake up early in the morning.