“From the National Weight Control Registry we have evidence that successful people weigh themselves regularly,” wrote Crawford, herself a former News-Sentinel columnist and now author of The Care and Feeding of an Almost Adult.
Turns out that Crawford blogged about this topic just last week. In her post, she noted that according to the registry — made up of people who’ve maintained a loss of at least 30 pounds for at least a year — three fourths weigh themselves once a week.
“Weighing yourself less frequently can result in gains that are very challenging to take off,” Crawford wrote. “Dropping a couple pounds is doable while losing 10 lbs becomes full time work.”
That being said, she acknowledges in her post that some people do seem to be able to successfully monitor their weight by the fit of their clothes or a belt. Other ideas for scale scaredy cats: monitoring your waist size, your body-mass index, or your ability to pass a “functional test” such as lugging a load of laundry up two flights of stairs.