How To Use a Bathroom Scale

How to Use a Bathroom Scale


Promising yourself to lose weight every year? Most people do not give their bathroom scale a lot of thought. You step on, and you step off. However, if you’ve noticed inconsistencies in your weight readings it can be a sign, you’re doing something wrong. There are many variables both inside and outside of your body, which can affect the accuracy of your weight measurement. We’ve narrowed down a few practices which will help you get the consistency you’re looking for.

First thing’s first, start right by ensuring you place your bathroom scale on a hard and flat surface. Unless your Salter scale is equipped with ‘carpet feet’, placing it on a stable surface like a tile floor will ensure accurate readings.

Small things like the time of the day when you weigh yourself, what you wear can influence your readings. Recording your readings under similar conditions will ensure the best results.

Keep it consistent.
Activities like weekend drinks with friends can leave you dehydrated affecting your body measurements. A few extra calories every day can add up by the end of the week. Keep a chart recording your measurements on a regular night versus a Friday night to look out for any difference.

Measure yourself at the same time of day.
The amount of food in your stomach, urine in your bladder and your level of hydration will vary throughout the day and affect body weight and composition.

Picking a time of the day and week (preferably every morning, after emptying your bladder and before having breakfast) will not only ensure you’re consistent in your readings but also minimise any fluctuations these variables have on your body. 

Wear the same amount of clothing every time.
Stepping on a scale wearing heavy clothing like a pair of jeans or a jumper will add more weight and will add to your body weight. While weighing yourself, it’s advised to wear as light clothing as possible and keep it as similar as possible.

Track your progress over a month while recording your weight measurements daily. Setting yourself a goal, recording and analysing your weight-loss journey with the help of a doctor will improve your chances of success.

If you are using a body analyser scale for a 360-degree health monitoring; measurements such as body fat and muscle mass should be recorded and tracked in a similar manner.

If you need more information on how Body Analyser Scales work, be sure to check out our article on How Do Body Analyser Scales Work?

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