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wydok 01-08-2010 02:03 PM

How often do you step on the scale?
 
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?

ele89869 01-08-2010 02:11 PM

Also the amount of water in the body fluctuates, so even if you get on the scale every day, try to see the numbers as a trend. Your body weight numbers are not going to be a perfect linear progression. Or get on the scale no more than twice a week.
Good luck!
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lamafri 01-08-2010 02:44 PM

Yes, people generally recommend a weekly weigh-in. I, on the other hand, like real-time data. I weigh myself every morning so I can see the data on the Fitday graph. I also weigh myself most nights. I know I lose about two pounds over night, so I look at it as a preview.

Gingersnapelle 01-08-2010 04:17 PM

I step on a scale about once a month. The reason being that when we gain muscle, our weight could temporarily go up - and that's discouraging.The results are better measured by how our clothing feels, body measurements and whether or not we're getting more muscle tone.

qnls2 01-08-2010 04:34 PM

this week I have stepped on it every day because this is my first week back on the road to weight loss. I am very bad about weighing daily as I shouldn't do, but I am hoping to become more disciplined and only weigh once a week!

:)

lunarsea 01-08-2010 08:18 PM

I weigh myself every day first thing in the morning, but understand that my weight will fluctuate based on water retention, time of the month, etc.

A handy tool for tracking long-term weight trends is https://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/HackDiet/ It smooths the daily weights statistically so you see trends rather than 'I ate salty popcorn and drank a gallon of water before bed'.

efduncan 01-08-2010 09:25 PM

For some reason I weigh every day too. It makes me think of my diet more if I see the scale moving, hopefully the right way.

tomiladr 01-09-2010 02:38 PM

I am just getting back on track since the new year as many of us are. I am going to stick to weighing myself once a week. Always at the same time. I find it motivates me to wonder what is going to happen in 7 days. It's kind of like not peeking at your Christmas presents. If your calorie intake is accurate, you will know if you are succeeding by that. If I was not trying to lose and was just maintaining my weight, I would probably weigh more often. As another person said, there are many factors that affect your weight. Just try to be consistent. Think of it as a controlled science experiment.

laurae1967us 01-11-2010 02:16 PM

Weekly weighing
 
I weigh myself once a week at the same time and under the same conditions so that I am comparing apples to apples (first thing in the morning, after I use the bathroom but before I eat or drink anything, and no clothes on).

I would drive myself crazy weighing once a day. Weight fluctuates depending on sodium intake, exercise (increased excercise can make you hold onto water), etc.

I also try to focus on my healthy habits instead of the scale. The scale is important, but the healthy behaviors are what get the scale to move down.

judyanns 01-11-2010 02:26 PM

When I first started my diet in 1-6-09 I would weigh myself every monday or it would drive me crazy. I lost 44lbs. I am maintaing my weight now by weighing everyday if I go up 1 lb I watch what I eat more closely.

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

Scale
 
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.

LeAnne5 01-19-2010 05:28 PM

Scale
 
I usually try to weigh myself only one day a week, usually on Monday. I find myself not being so stressed out about my weight loss on a daily basis. I keep my food journal with me everywhere I go, and I make reasonable choices regarding snacks. I treat myself about one per month for achieving my weight loss goal. My rewqards are never food based, but for me they are motivators to keep going. They are usually music for my I-pod or new clothing.:p Be patient with yourself as we didn't gain the weight overnight, and it won't come off overnight. Keep up the good work!

drtoonz 01-19-2010 08:56 PM

Weekly (oh, and every day, twice a day)
 
OK, it seems that a lot of people have answered the same as me. It does not bother me to be up a few/ down a few on a daily basis as long as over the week or two I'm down. If it bothers you and you get frustrated, then maybe you SHOULD do just once a week or less. I like the constant data and I understand that it's not perfectly accurate but I'm OK with that. It's a personal thing, really. Stress isn't good, so if it bothers you PERSONALLY, then do it less! :) Good luck. Be strong. It WILL WORK if you do the math. ~DrToonz

Ladysky 01-19-2010 11:36 PM

Hello!
Wow congrats on your weightloss! I have already lost 50lbs but hope to lost 70lbs. I started close to your start weight. I have a tendency towards weighing myself compulsively. It got bad last week where I would weight myself several times a day on different scales and measure myself several times a week as well.

Now I just do every other day and just use one scale that's fairly consistent (so I don't jump on and off hoping for a lower number). I also measure my natural weight, hips, butt, and thighs about once every two weeks. That seems to be a good system because you know where you are at but it not an all consuming thing. If you are going to weigh yourself everyday (or twice a day), I would put it into Fitday's weight graphs and just look at the overall trend for the week. I drink 64-80 oz of water a day, so I weigh myself in the morning and at least I know that I'm not just losing water weight.

Lastly, I don't know your age or your activity level, but I think 1200-1500 calories is far too low. Unless this was advised by a doctor or nutritionist, I would recommend you eat at least 1500-1800 calories (approx 1000 calorie less than what you burn) but with a good portion of protein and healthy carbs and fats. You don't want your body to just harvest your muscles. Plus if you are planning to stop dieting when you reach your goal weight and start eating a lot more calories, your weight is going to shoot up quickly.

I made the mistake last time of eating too few calories and as soon as I became less vigilant about what I was eating, I gained all the weight back and then some in the span of a year (90lbs). Now I am eating approx 2000 calories a day as well as exercising almost everyday. I have constantly lost 1-3lbs a week.

jess_loves_it 01-20-2010 11:14 PM

weekly weigh ins
 
I used to do the exact same thing, in fact im guilty to stepping on 3 times a day! I think the extra weight you put 'put on' is just the weight of the food inside you, just dont worry. try when you wake up in the morning to 'cleanse out your system' before you eat with green tea or just plain water, it also helps to get extra fluids into you.

jahns007 01-20-2010 11:56 PM

WYDOK, Your start weight is my exact start weight! I'd love to visit, but don't know how to contact personally. Have many questions for you regarding you & your great success.

KellyCarr 01-21-2010 12:51 AM

I like to weigh in daily. I find that if I gain, it's all the more motivation to 'do better' today. If I have lost...I know what I am doing is working.

It's when the scale doesn't move for long periods of time that make it difficult, or when it goes out of whack that one time each month.

son2010 01-22-2010 07:58 PM

yes scales are the bain of life!
 
i find the scales the biggest disheartener, Ive bought a digital I and am now obssessing over quarter and half pounds!!madness. i started at christmas but only found out about this yesterday at work. Ive lost 5pounds since the 7th and also enjoyed a diet free week end away:) and the break from the scales was the best ha

KimmyRocks 01-23-2010 01:11 PM

weighing in objectively
 
Whether weighing in daily or weekly, it's important that we look at the number with some objectivity and not beat ourselves up over inevitable fluctuations.

Overnight weight gain or loss is usually from increased carb and/or sodium intake, both of which retain water within your body.

Obectively, if your scale reads 1.5 pounds more than it did yesterday, it's not likely that 1) you took in 5,250 extra calories, or that 2) your body turned them into fat overnight.

When I weigh every day, I take the week's worth of numbers and average them. Then I look at the trend (on average) from week to week. That seems to help me. It might help you, too.

mikepbss 01-23-2010 03:22 PM

USe Body Fat, not weight
 
Manage your body fat, not your weight and you will be successful!

A Guide to Body Fat Percentage

StrongWilld 02-16-2010 12:19 PM

Scale obsession
 
I was never obsessed with the scale. That's probably why I never joined Weight Watchers. I never believed in weighing yourself weekly. That's why I do it monthly after the first initial weigh in week. And, I look for a 5 pound loss for the month. That's pretty reasonable. And, if you are scale obsessed, you are not realizing that if you didn't lose weight, you probably lost inches. So measure yourself - this is more accurate than the scale. Oh, and one more thing. Scale obsession can lead to being depressed and possibly enticing you off your program. It can also make you think that you have failed. Even if you had a bad eating day, don't dispair. Stay away from the scale, cause even if you did gain, it's just temporary and will go away with your continued effort of eating properly and exercising. :)

cjohnson728 02-16-2010 12:23 PM

Like everything else, the scale is a tool. Be smart about how you use it in terms of what works for you. Some people prefer to weigh weekly or daily in order to catch tiny creep-ups that could be out of hand by the time a month goes by.

Everything about this process is trial and error and very individual. It is great to share what works for you, but keep in mind that everyone is different.

StrongWilld 02-16-2010 01:56 PM

I understand that everyone is different, but I think its safe to say that most people either are scale obsessed or were at one time. I've seen many, many people have weekly weigh-ins and be so distraught over the number. That's why I mentioned measuring. Even taking a picture of yourself can show results way before the scale. And a picture doesn't lie.

Ramiah 02-16-2010 02:42 PM

Hey i am scale obsessed i've only started a few days ago my weight was 93kg and started weighing myself every morning , the following 2 days dropped to 91.5 then 90.8 this morning after a cookie i shouldnt have eaten yesterday i weighed myself and i was 91.2 kg and now i am like you said depressed and loosing hope , how often is it saine to weight yourself ,i also know that water weight fluctuates in ones body therefore my weight everymorning is not completely accurate please help me!

StrongWilld 02-16-2010 04:03 PM


Originally Posted by Ramiah (Post 3533)
Hey i am scale obsessed i've only started a few days ago my weight was 93kg and started weighing myself every morning , the following 2 days dropped to 91.5 then 90.8 this morning after a cookie i shouldnt have eaten yesterday i weighed myself and i was 91.2 kg and now i am like you said depressed and loosing hope , how often is it saine to weight yourself ,i also know that water weight fluctuates in ones body therefore my weight everymorning is not completely accurate please help me!

Hi Ramiah,

Personally, I don't think anyone should weigh themselves daily. Body weight fluctuates constantly, so it would be a false reading. But truly, if you are eating properly and exercising (and getting enough water), you will lose the weight. The "sane" times to weigh yourself vary from person to person. For me, this is my first week. I started yesterday. So, next Monday, I will weigh myself. Then, I will wait 4 weeks until I weigh myself again. For me, seeing a nice size number at the end of the month motivates me.

Like I stated above, there are other ways to base weight loss other than the scale. Measuring, taking a photo monthly and even feeling when you clothes become loose - all show progress - and sometimes faster than the scale will show.

Don't let one cookie and a bad number on the scale deter you from continuing your weight loss journey. You just started. Let your body get used to the changes that you are implementing. It's like any bad habit - it will take some time to change things around. Be patient and keep working hard! You can succeed!

staceyalberta 02-16-2010 05:55 PM

i can see both sides of the issue. can we get to caught up on the number on the scale. we sure can. in saying that i think it's very important to also focus on non-scale victories. like you said measurements going down, clothes feeling bigger, taking that pic once a month, saying no to some tempting treat, increasing your exercise, i don't like to be so focused on what the scale says either, but i do use it as a guide.

rmnsuk 02-16-2010 11:19 PM

the scale is just a tool to tell you your current weight. Some people like to track their weight daily other don't, it doesn't matter, do what you are comfortable with. If you track your weight every day, and even every hour you'll get to see how your body changes over time.
For instance I will weight more on a wednesday than I do on the monday, yet by the weekend I'll be down again to last weeks low. On sunday morning I'll be at minimum weight for the week (hopefully). The variation is the order of 4 pounds or so. I plot it all in excel !

KimmyRocks 02-18-2010 01:53 PM

The scale is not the problem.
 
For those obsessed with frequent weigh-ins - who feel panic when they can't step on the scale, or feel a sense of self-loathing because of that number they saw - the problem is not the scale. It's feeling they have no control and MUST see that number in order to validate or manipulate themselves.

It's their attachment to it and what drives them to (believe they) need it.

I know first hand how this works. It's taken me a long time and a good amount of therapy to get over it. It's much more about our feelings of worth as lovable people than it is about the number. We use it to hide behind.

I remember the first time my therapist suggested I stop weighing myself. She wasn't just suggesting I step on less often, she was saying "so, throw out your scale." What would happen? Will the world come to an end? It took me a while to wrap my head around a life where I didn't fixate on that anymore.

I can weigh every day now, if I want to. But I don't. That number doesn't matter as much as doing what I need to feel good and be healthy. For some folks, that can include daily weighing. But it's different things for different people.

sault_girl 02-20-2010 12:34 PM

The way I look at it, weighing yourself only once per month is not an accurate way to keep track, since your weight fluctuates daily (mine is usually 3 lbs + or - ). I think it's more accurate to weigh yourself a number of times and have an idea of the average. I usually get on the scale in the morning, but I wouldn't say I'm "obsessed" about it -- the batteries in my scale actually just died a few days ago, and I wasn't running out immediately to get new batteries or anything like that.

It is definitely a great idea to measure your body, though - I wish I had started doing that when I was at my heaviest/most out of shape, because I'm sure the numbers there would have been impressive.

LauraJo9 02-20-2010 03:49 PM

I weigh myself every morning at the same time. I keep in mind there wll be some fluctuations, but it keeps me honest and on track.

lacrolix 02-21-2010 12:51 PM

I check in once a week at the gym. My walking partner shes pretty hardcore. checks in 1-3 times a day.


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