How to Weigh Yourself

How to Weigh Yourself© Hemera/

How to do it:

The best time of day to weigh yourself is in the morning, ideally before breakfast, wearing no clothing. Whatever time you ultimately choose, be consistent. Clothing can weigh a few pounds, as can a few glasses of water; in fact, your weight fluctuates more than you think over the course of 24 hours. And always use the same scale. You are watching for fluctuations in weight, and since store-bought models are often slightly off from one to the next, it’s best measured using the same scale every day.

How often should you weigh yourself?

A daily check may have a good influence on you. A study from Brown University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed that 61 percent of people who weighed themselves daily maintained their weight within five pounds over time (compared with 32 percent who weighed in less often). Why? Keeping daily tabs helped them catch weight gain early so they could take steps to stop it.

Plus: 6 Surprising Super Foods

Want to stay smart and healthy?

Get our weekly Health Reads newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you this newsletter. For more information please read our privacy policy.

Funny Jokes

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

Funny Jokes

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

Funny Jokes

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


Funny Jokes

A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.


Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.