Pretty much everyone owns some bathroom scales these days because even if we have no weight issues whatsoever, it is still nice to see how much we weigh every now and then. Plus of course we can make sure we are not quietly putting on a few pounds due to poor eating habits and lack of exercise.

For those people who are trying to lose weight, bathroom scales play an even bigger role because they will tell you how well your diet is going, and will allow you to monitor your progress on a regular basis.

They can bring you moments of real joy when they reveal that you have lost a good few pounds since the last time you weighed yourself, and they can also leave you feeling really depressed if you haven’t lost any weight at all since last time.

Unfortunately the feeling of depression is very familiar with dieters, and there are two reasons for this. The first reason is because they are simply not exercising enough or reducing their calorie intake sufficiently, and the second reason is because they are weighing themselves too often.

The fact is that if you weigh yourself every two or three days, or even every day, you cannot realistically expect to lose much weight since the last time you weighed yourself. You may be a pound lighter, for example, but this could be due to various factors, including the time of day that you weigh yourself. So it doesn’t really tell you anything.

Similarly you may find that you are in fact a few pounds heavier than last time. This may not necessarily be anything to worry about because you may just have checked your weight after eating a large meal, for instance, but it is still not a very nice feeling.

The best way to get a really accurate measure of how well your diet is going is to wait at least five days before your next weigh-in. I always think it’s best to check your weight once a week and write down the results because the results will generally be very encouraging if you are eating sensibly and getting plenty of exercise.

If you make sure you do this at the same time every week, and at the exact same time of day to avoid misleading readings that may be affected by a recent meal, for instance, then you should find that you are progressing nicely. A loss of one pound is okay, but if you have lost two pounds or more, then you are doing well and can be very pleased with your efforts for that particular week.