Contrary to popular opinion, weighing yourself daily is an effective way to motivate yourself when considering skipping a workout. A study out of Brown University and University of Tennessee analyzed 178 adults (average age 52) and found those who used a scale every day lost more weight than those who hadn't. While it was once believed that weighing yourself daily may act as a motivational deterrent for its lack of progress recorded, the study's coauthor Jessica Gokee LaRose concluded that "stepping on the scale regularly gives you feedback about whether your weight is in the desired range and enables you to take corrective action if it is not."
These findings were in line with a previous study from the University of Minnesota, where researchers tracked the scale habits of 1,800 dieting adults and found that those who weighed themselves daily lost an average of 12 pounds over two years, while those who weighed themselves weekly lost six. It was also found that the daily weighers were less likely to regain their weight. So next time you step on that once evil scale, resist the urge to smash it when the dial doesn't hit where you want it to. In time, it will.