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rmnsuk 01-11-2010 07:41 PM

Weighing yourself will give you an objective weight at a point in time. Unfortunately the amount of water in the body is very variable and water is heavy. So at each weigh in your nominal weight may be up to 3 pounds above or below your long term average weight purely due to water balance. This is not an excuse to go into denial and claim you are retaining water.

I find it fascinating to see how the body varies in weight over time, so at the moment I'm weghing quite frequently, but I don't obsess about a single measure. Maybe when I get nearer the goal I might worry a bit more.

Asmarina 01-11-2010 09:12 PM

I try not to obsess about my weight since it fluctuates so much and I usually step on the scale every other day. When I do, I log my morning and evening weight. Before, I weighed myself every day and found it to be discouraging.

ArchyJill 01-12-2010 12:30 AM

I usually weigh myself every single morning after I use the bathroom. For me, tracking it this way helps me to see the bigger pattern...what if I only weigh once a week and catch myself on a high day (due to water, hormones, or whatever)? However, lately I've taken a break from the scale and am just focusing on achieving a 500cal/day deficit...we'll see how it works!

Kori09 01-12-2010 02:06 AM

I have had the internal wrangle of to weigh everyday or not for years people saying NO NO.. Only weigh yourself once a week.. etc etc etc .. I am now quite comfortable with the fact that I want to weigh myself each and every morning.. it's fine, I don't freak out if I am up, just know that it's probably water if I have been on track, or I need to get real if I haven't been on track ;)

I think it's important that you be allowed to find what is right for you. Had I always weighed myself every day, and had I done something about it when I was only a few pounds up, I wouldn't now need to lose so very much!!!!

mhm802 01-12-2010 03:59 PM

I've gone back and forth on this issue too. At the moment, I'm decided to weigh every day. I'm thinking of the scale as just another tool in this process, a monitoring tool, if you will. I am enjoying seeing the relationship between what I eat, water, sodium, digestive patterns,etc, and the little fluctuations that reflect them.

I figure if I stay honest with my food choices, and keep tracking, I will see progress over the long term, and FitDay's tools, charts and graphs are a great help. I am really looking forward to seeing what the January graph looks like at the end of this month. Having more than just 4 (weekly) data points on the chart will be good information, I think.

syd1980 01-13-2010 12:58 AM

i have found that weighing everyday can have affect on my moods. if i lose im happier or gain im harder on myself. have found that i make better choices for the day if i have gained. so i have went to weighing 3 times a week.

spikedown7 01-18-2010 03:33 PM

i weight myself every hour. i am obsessed with weighting myself. i dont know why i do it but if i dont i start to get anxious. the scale is everything to me right now. any tips on how to stop?

kathietaylor 01-18-2010 05:34 PM

I have been weighing daily, in the mornings...and I had a huge overnight weight gain about a week ago and still am not back to where I was prior to that. I have no idea how this could possibly happen, but it did!! And even weighing over the last week I am up and down, different every single day. It is sort of making me crazy....but I suspect I won't be able to stop the daily weigh in, lets just hope I see some consistant downward motion on that scale!!!

sw07 01-18-2010 05:40 PM

Every morning after a trip to the bathroom;)

jmswanny 01-19-2010 12:16 PM

Originally Posted by wydok (Post 478)
I think one of my frustrations is that I want to see daily progress in my weight loss, so I get on the scale very day.

Sometimes my family will go out to eat, and I will end up eating more food than the current diet allows. For example, last night we went out to eat and I had a steak at Applebee's. Calorie-wise, I was still under 2000 calories (but not by much), so in a way it was a cheat day for me since I right now I usually try to stick to 1200-1500 until I am at my weight goal (which I am so close to, I can almost taste).

I stepped on the scale this morning and was 1.6lbs higher than yesterday. Then I got mad at myself for "eating so much".

But I didn't really eat that much. If 3500 calories is converted into 1lb of fat, that means I would have had to have eat an extra 5600 yesterday to gain 1.6lbs of fat, which is just ridiculous. I am assuming this weight comes from the actual food matter still being digested.

Am I shooting myself in the foot by weighing myself every day? Should I go to once a week, or once very few days instead?

A few things to keep in mind: you should be drinking enough water throughout the day that the only time you will get an "accurate reading" is right after you woke up. the number will vary due to several factors, like salt intake (which creates water retention) and more.

If you're going to go out and eat a dinner, make sure to eat a larger lunch so you're not as full and tempted to over eat. if you eat a larger meal in the day, you'll have more time to work it off and not go to bed more full and lose the chance to burn some of it off.

Try to weight yourself at intervals during the week, not everyday. if you do it every day, you run the risk of psyching yourself out, when more times than not if youve been doing well, arent bad at all. put the scale away so you're not tempted to get on it and look at it on an avg. you'll get a better sense of how close you are.

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