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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?

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  • FragranceObsessed

    I weigh myself every 2 weeks or so. I do feel discouraged if I weigh too frequently. Healthy weight loss doesn’t happen rapidly so weighing myself too frequently sets unrealistic expectations.

  • I rarely weight myself. I don’t feel the need to do so regularly. One secret that I found to lose weight in a healthy manner is cardio and eating healthier foods. Doing the thread mil and eating healthy can work wonders. Also, strength building exercises will strengthen bones and we know how exercise can improve intellectual power and emotional well being.

    • elle D.

      Yes indeed Brother T.

    • Exactly Sister. Also, a healthy person is not just found in one image. There are healthy people in a diversity of phenotypes too.

    • elle D.


    • Also, one of the healthiest foods around is broccoli.

      Yes, I love me some broccoli. LOL. It can reduce cholesterol, detoxify the body, and improve heart health.

    • elle D.

      Yes that is a good one. I love all the colorful bounty found in many veggies and fruits.-

    • Me too :) Another secret is eating fish at times. Fish helps my skin to shine and improve its vitality. Veggies and fruits are necessary in any healthy eating lifestyle.

    • elle D.

      That is where I get caught up :( I know I should eat fish but I just can’t besides tuna. That is one area I can’t get around. Hmm will have to focus on what else can assist skin vitality and shine lol. I hear chocolate works wonders. Let me stop!

    • LOL. Well Sister, many alternatives include eating many fruits like strawberries, pineapples, grapes, sweet potatoes, etc.

    • elle D.

      And I love all of those so that works for me!

    • That’s great.

    • elle D.

      Yup! Esp. with lemons yum.

    • You stopping now. ;) Chocolate always works wonders though. LOL.

    • elle D.

      LOL–Chocolate -all types–helps in more ways than one :) And I wish the same for you as always…

    • Lol. You so silly and that is great. You are telling the truth. We both love chocolate of all types especially dark chocolate ;)

    • elle D.

      Hmmm Yes it is… are funny T! Have a great night.