How to Tell If You're Gaining Weight

Wear only undergarments when weighing yourself on a scale to obtain an accurate weight.
Wear only undergarments when weighing yourself on a scale to obtain an accurate weight. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

There are different ways to determine if you are gaining weight. Sometimes you can tell just by looking at yourself in the mirror. Other times you may feel sluggish and unmotivated for no apparent reason. But the best test of all is how your clothes fit. If you have to suck in your breath in order to do up the jeans that you used to be able to slide effortlessly into, then you know you're gaining weight. One deterrent to weight gain is to know exactly how much you weigh. If you don't like the numbers you're seeing on the bathroom scale, it may be time to embrace a healthier lifestyle that includes exercise and better food choices.

Place a scale on an even, flat surface. You can tell whether the surface is flat by how the scale lays. If it wobbles, move it to a smoother, steadier surface. This is important because an uneven surface can interfere with the weight the scale provides.

Remove all clothes, except for undergarments. This is important because jeans, shoes and heavy shirts or sweaters can add extra weight and affect the numbers.

Step onto the scale. Record your weight in an online weight management tracker or on an app.

Weigh yourself every day at the same time. Although your weight will fluctuate up and down on a daily basis -- mostly frequently because of water gain or loss -- weighing yourself daily has the effect of making you feel accountable. And even though you step on the scale every day, only record your weight on your online tool once a week.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid weighing yourself and taking measurements during your menstrual cycle. Women tend to retain excess water in the abdominal area, which can interfere with your measurements.
  • If you continue to gain weight and cannot determine why, seek out your doctor's opinion.

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