Dietitian ‘weighs in’ on jeans vs. scale debate

After I wrote about the “Jeans vs. scale divide” in my News-Sentinel column this week, Fort Wayne dietitian Marcia Crawford e-mailed her take on that debate.

Marcia Crawford

“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.

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1 Response to Dietitian ‘weighs in’ on jeans vs. scale debate

  1. Shanny says:

    I think both the pants test and the scale are important for long term success. If your jeans are loose but the scale hasn’t budged, you have to assume that the scale number shouldn’t be taken too seriously. I know I get stuck on that number sometimes and have to remind myself that my clothes fit better regardless of how much I actually weigh.

    Success is definitely ongoing and constantly needs to be monitored.

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