Poll: Do You Weigh Yourself Regularly?

In a recent interview with People magazine, Janet Jackson said that she never weighs herself.

“I don’t know how much weight I’ve lost, only because I stay away from the scale,” she said. “I don’t think [stepping on the scale] is healthy. You’re setting yourself up to fail.”

I am actually in the same boat. I haven’t owned a scale since high school, because I know that if I start weighing myself with any regularity I will become unhealthily obsessed with the number I see and start worrying about everything I eat. As far as I’m concerned, if I’m eating well, exercising, and my pants fit, I’m doing fine.

But some people can’t exist without knowing those numbers, and I wonder where you, my Gloss reading friends, fall.

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    • Jamie Peck

      I am currently fighting with my roommate about whether or not she can put a scale in the bathroom. She hates weighing herself at the gym, but I do not want that shit in my house. She also refuses to keep it in her room. I think I’m just gonna solve this by throwing it out the window.

      • Jessica Pauline Ogilvie

        You would have my full support if you did that.

      • Lauren

        Is there a reason she can’t put it in her room? I don’t think not wanting to have a scale in the bathroom is an odd request. So unless there is a monster under her bed that attacks if she stands still for too long, I see no reason why she can’t just keep it in her room.

    • Scarlett

      I have never had that “number” issue. I know when I was at my heaviest. I know when I was at my lightest. I know that I happen to be at my most healthy now. I just use it as a reference tool. I can see how it could be un-healthy for others. But Jamie … your roommate is being immature for not keeping it in her area but you would kinda be doing the same if you tossed it. Just sayin’. Good luck and I hope you resolve everything.

    • Eileen

      I don’t weigh myself for the same reason, buuuuuut at some point I realized that it’s just as unhealthy to be terrified of stepping on a scale (seriously, I avoided going to the doctor’s office because I knew I’d have to get weighed) as it is to be obsessed with the number on the scale. I’m healthy and happy with my body, and so it doesn’t really matter – but not to the point where I’m going to miss out on physicals, pap tests, etc. because I don’t want to see a number.

    • Laura

      well it depends whether you make yourself neurotic over fluctuations in your weight on a day to day basis. i do weigh myself daily, but i then put it in an excel graph and check out the trends. it’s the trend that’s important and should confirm (or lead to change in) eating behaviour. i know from this experience that a weekly measurement that the trends are harder to spot.

      • Nancy

        Me too, Laura! I don’t obsess about the number either, but I find stepping on the scale everyday sort of helps me keep in the back of my mind not to eat too much, and really helps with me losing or maintaining. I actually hadn’t had one for a year or two until a couple of months ago when I realized none of my pants fit anymore, so I got another one and it’s helping already!

        Also, you shouldn’t just do it for the scale trend, you really should take your meausrements, too, because you can’t really just go by weight. Almost every morning I take my measurements….heasn’t helped this time yet, but when I did it in the past it majorly helped.

        I sound like a crazy person. Swear I’m not! Not about weight, anyway haha…

    • KeLynn

      I weigh myself a few times a week…I thought that counted as “regularly.”

      Anyway, I didn’t have a scale for about 7 years. I also gained 30 pounds in those 7 years. I am someone who can lie to myself for a pretty long time before I accept that something is changing (“sizing is different in every store, that’s why I had to go up a few numbers” or “my weight from the doctor is wrong, my clothes must weigh 15 pounds”). Likewise, I recently lost most of those 30 pounds and I don’t think I would have really known if I didn’t have a scale. It happened so gradually and I wear a lot of skirts/dresses which don’t feel loose or tight as fast as skinny jeans or something. So I don’t know if I could have stayed motivated without numbers.

    • Breezy

      My husband hid the scale and lets me use it once a month, which I totally appreciate because I have little self control and would use it excessively.

    • MR

      You’re doing fine. I think you could put on a few lbs, but that’s just my opinion. I’m with KeLynn on this one. That is weighing yourself a couple of times a week is regularly.