We all want to be healthy. Some of us want it a little more than others, making sure to consume proper amounts of fruits and veggies while adding in a couple calorie burning activities throughout the week. And some of us just make sure we don’t eat too many giant cookies at once. All in all our wellness goals, whatever they might be – shouldn’t always be measured in pounds.
A new study shows that weighing yourself could actually set you back. The research, published online this week in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, tracked how often 1,868 participants weighed themselves and how they felt about it, including feelings of depression and levels of self-esteem.
Results showed that participants of both genders who were more concerned about their weight were also more likely to weigh themselves frequently. However, among female participants, this increase in self-weighing also came with significantly lower self-esteem, decreased satisfaction with their bodies, and increased symptoms of depression.
Of course, these results are correlations and don’t necessarily mean that tracking your own weight causes those negative psychological effects. And it should be noted that it is possible to lose fat without losing pounds since gaining muscle can result in gaining pounds.
Whatever your goals are, it’s important to tailor them specifically to you – how you feel, what you think a normal, healthy weight for you should be – instead of following blanket guidelines and unrealistic standards.
How often do you weigh yourself?