There are three very important things to keep in mind for optimal scale usage.
1) Pick a time of day to weigh yourself. Then only weigh yourself at that exact time of day going forward forever and ever.
Your body weight fluctuates throughout the day, so to get a good gauge of how much weight you've really truly lost you need that time of day consistency.
After years of weighing myself several times a day, I found that I'm lightest in the morning. So I weigh myself right after I get out of bed and before I've had any water. Water is heavy!
2) Pee before you weigh. Always sit on the pot to get rid of those extra ounces.
I weigh in the morning, so I always have a full bladder that needs to be emptied, but if you pick a different time of the day you might have up to half a pound of pee in you and not even feel it!
It's always worth it to take a potty break before you weigh yourself.
3) Weigh yourself three times in a row. Then pick the best weight.
This is particularly important in our day of digital scales. There's always the chance that the way you're standing on the scale sends the sensors inaccurate data and deprives you of a hard earned .2 pounds.
You might also be standing askew and causing the scale to incorrectly assign a higher number to your total.
It's best to weigh three times to test the accuracy, and if any of the numbers are different, it's obviously the lower one that is correct.
So there you have it! Highly scientific advice on the proper way to weigh.
Speaking of digital scales, mine must be broken again. I'm only down 1 stinkin' little pound since starting Atkins anew a week and two days ago. What's up with that? I'm torn between not eating a darn thing ever again in my life, or saying to hell with it and eating every good thing in site!