Scale Back on Weighing Yourself
If you're trying to lose weight, you don't need to be a slave to the scale. You do, however, need to weigh yourself often enough to stay motivated. For most people, weighing-in once a week is enough to see progress. Choose one day of the week for weighing, and try to do it at about the same time of day, too. Keep a log to track your results so you can graph your progress over time.
It's tempting to weigh yourself one or more times a day, but don't. When you weigh yourself too often, it might seem like your weight goes up and down a lot that's because your weight fluctuates with the amount of water in your system. You'll notice that the scale shows you've gained more weight eating a big salad and drinking a 20-oz glass of water than by eating a few high-calorie extras. The salad and water may add a pound or two on the scale, but that weight is fluid and not body fat. It will be gone the next day. But toss back an extra 500 calories every day in tiny treats and you'll gain a pound each week.