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This is The Best Time to Weigh Yourself for Accurate Results

No matter why you're weighing yourself, getting accurate results matters. Read on to learn how and when you should weigh yourself for the most precise results.

McKenzie Dillon Writer
McKenzie, a Certified Sleep Science Coach and proclaimed mattress expert, has been writing sleep content in the wellness space for over four years. After earning her certification from the Spencer Institute and dedicating hundreds of hours to sleep research, she has extensive knowledge on the topic and how to improve your quality of rest. Having more experience with lying on mattresses than most, McKenzie has reviewed over 150 beds and a variety of different sleep products including pillows, mattress toppers and sheets. McKenzie has also been a guest on multiple radio shows including WGN Chicago as a sleep expert and contributed sleep advice to over 50 different websites.
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Standing barefoot on a flat surface is the best way to get an accurate result.

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Whether you're just keeping an eye on your health or trying to shed a few pounds, there is a right and wrong way to weigh yourself to improve the accuracy of your results. A reliable scale that provides accurate measurements is an important tool for those efforts, but much can depend on how (and when) you use it.

Before you step on the scale, remember that the number isn't an "end-all, be-all" measurement of your health. If you have a healthy relationship with weighing yourself, the number can be a tool that gives you valuable insight into your progress toward your overall health target.

With that in mind, there is a specific time of day when you're likely to see the most accurate results after you step on the scale. Here's the best time of day to weigh yourself and some tips to use to ensure accuracy. 

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Weigh yourself at this time

You'll get the most accurate reading from your scale if you weigh yourself first thing in the morning. Do it after using the restroom and before eating breakfast or chugging any water. 

According to experts, morning is the best time because you've given your body the chance to properly digest everything you ate and drank the previous day, leaving your stomach relatively empty. 

More tips on getting an accurate reading

Besides weighing yourself at an ideal time of day, there are more ways to ensure you regularly get an accurate reading from your scale, which is especially important when tracking weight loss or gain. 

  • Weigh yourself once a week at the same time of day.
  • Keep your scale on a solid, flat surface.
  • Stand barefoot on your scale, keeping your weight distributed evenly between both feet.
  • Wear little to no clothing when you weigh yourself. Whatever you decide, keep it consistent each time you weigh yourself for better accuracy. 

When to break up with your scale

Like any unhealthy relationship, you can walk away from weighing yourself if you think it's having a negative impact on your life. Don't hesitate to ditch your scale if you're experiencing:

  • Negative thoughts triggered by weighing yourself
  • Unsafe or unhealthy habits triggered by weighing yourself
  • Regular anxiety or sadness after weighing yourself
  • An eating disorder, whether you're developing one, recovering from one or previously had one

Read more: Your Weight Isn't Everything: 6 Health Metrics That Are More Important

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.