Gayle King is not happy with her bathroom scale.
The co-host of CBS This Morning posted two Instagram snaps of herself standing on the scale showing a 2-pound difference in weight. â€œItâ€™s a dark day â€” screamed out loud when I saw weight this amâ€¦what the hell happened??â€ she wrote, calling her weight gain â€œvery badâ€ and writing, â€œGotta get a grip.â€
Instagram followers begged the 62-year-old to go easy on herself and pointed to water retention or her recent trip to Alaska with bestie Oprah as possible reasons for the higher number since her last weigh-in on July 7.
Others were dismissive of Kingâ€™s post, writing, â€œMaybe you shouldnâ€™t weigh yourselfâ€ and â€œItâ€™s two poundsâ€¦â€
King is one of many celebrities who document their diets on social media. Kourtney Kardashian, Hoda Kotb, Amy Schumer, and others have all disclosed their weight, either to share their joy or to stay accountable for their goals.
But getting hung up on a particular number may be irrelevant, depending on a personâ€™s body composition, such as muscle mass, and diet, includingÂ salt intake. Plus, a personâ€™s weight can fluctuate between one and five pounds on any given day.
Some studies do show that hopping on a scaleÂ regularly can help you lose weight. A 2015 Cornell University study published in the Journal of Obesity found that study participants who weighed themselves three or more times per weekÂ kept off age-related weight gain one year later.
The method â€œforces you to be aware of the connection between your eating and your weight,â€ David Levitsky, professor of nutrition and psychology at Cornell and the paperâ€™s senior author, said in a press release.
However,Â other research shows that weighing oneself often can be harmful to young womenâ€™s self-esteem and body image, according to a 2015 studyÂ of 1,900 young adults conducted by the University of Minnesota. The study found that increasing self-weighing over a 10-year period â€œsignificantly related to increases in weight concern and depression and decreases in body satisfaction and self-esteem among females,â€ according to the press release.
One goodÂ way to gauge improvement that doesnâ€™t require a scale: assess how your clothes fit.