JP Mullowney

Weighing yourself, the great conundrum. How many well intentioned dieters have stood in their bathrooms wondering, in thoughts reminiscent of Prince Hamlet, “to weigh or not to weigh, that is the question?” While, your decision is likely not as dramatic as Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, it is still important to your overall fitness goals.

The frequency and time of weigh-ins has been shown to influence the success of your training goals. For example, in their 2014 review paper, Zheng et al found that regular self-weighing was related to increased weight loss. In addition, more frequent weighing did not negatively influence psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety. These results agree with an earlier review by Burke, Wang, and Sevick (2011) which also found that regular self-weighing produced positive weight loss outcomes.

From this, it can be concluded that regular weigh-ins can enhance your fitness goals. However, when it comes to regular weigh-ins, what is the correct protocol? To increase the accuracy of your weigh-ins, registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner suggests following the “4 S’s” protocol:

Same time of day
Same day of the week
Same clothing
Same Scale

For many people, the most practical time to meet these conditions is immediately upon waking in the morning. While following a protocol like the above should result in consistent measures, be aware that numerous factors can cause weight fluctuations. These include: salt intake (higher salt intake increases water retention), amount of food eaten the previous day, and most importantly for females, hormonal fluctuations.

The Take Home Message:

Weighing yourself frequently can positively influence your weight loss goals. When weighing yourself, try to follow the 4 S’s protocol for the most accurate results. Don’t worry too much if your weight fluctuates a little from week to week, numerous factors can cause this. Instead, look for a general downward trend. Most importantly though, who had any idea that Thomas knew his Shakespeare!

References:

Burke, L., Wang, J., Sevick, M.A. (2011). Self-monitoring in weight loss: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 111(1), 92-102.

Weighing in on the scales: Find your true weight. (2005). Retrieved from: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/weighing-in-on-scales-find-your-true-weight#1

Zheng, Y.,…, Burke, L. (2014). Self-weighing in weight management: A systematic literature review. Obesity, 23(2), 256-265.

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I am turning 67 next month and I started my journey with JKC in 2018. Seven years ago I experienced significant foot pain which had a negative impact on my day to day activities. I learned that issues in other parts of the body need to be addressed to achieve a positive result. My doctor (Dr. Jessica Wade) suggested, along with some other therapies, that I could  benefit from the conditioning JKC had to offer. I previously had not trained in any gym. I observed how many gyms operated and had a sense that JKC would be more my style: training in a small group setting, having such personal attention, and a program meeting my specific needs is fantastic! I love the atmosphere at the gym. Everyone is accepted and you feel supported and comfortable.

I heard somewhere that achieving your health goals is determined largely by what you do in the kitchen. I am grateful to have found Julia who brought direction and accountability to this most important piece for me. Having Julia in my corner has brought me confidence and certainty that I am on my way to achieving my goals. I highly recommend her if you are serious about making a change and feeling better about your health.

I had signed up for other gyms in the past and never went or rarely went. Something always got in the way or I was just too tired and lacked motivation to go. This way I’ve made a commitment to Jon or Thomas and I try very hard to keep my sessions once I’ve booked in. JKC is different from other gyms that I’ve tried in the past because no one is there to be “seen”. We are all there to get a good workout in and go on with our lives. And it’s a small gym so you get to know everyone and it’s like a big family. When I joined JKC, I couldn’t do a chin up with an elastic band, but I’ve slowly worked up to 10 free hanging chin ups. That was big because I hate chin ups.

I had been struggling with work-life balance resulting in not exercising or playing hockey as much as I had been doing in the past. In addition to being out of shape, I was starting to experience some back/shoulder issues and realized I needed to make some changes. Around this time, a friend (who was also a client) recommended JKC and that’s when I started!

You really feel part of a community where everyone is welcoming and supportive. You get a program that is designed specifically to achieve your goals, with the ongoing coaching, progress tracking and support required to achieve them. The JKC team are very knowledgeable about fitness and conditioning, and very engaging with everyone to answer questions or discuss anything and everything training related. I also like the flexible scheduling and gym times that work for my schedule (I like early mornings and evenings).

JKC was recommended by a previous trainer who followed Jon online. He thought Jon’s approach to training was excellent. JKC employs well educated trainers who are very particular about technique and form. I have never injured myself because the trainers know what they are doing. They can always answer any questions I ask about my training. As well the trainers are friendly contributing to a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the gym.

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