Fitness Minutes: (82,255)
2/5/14 6:59 A
Tape once a week and scale every 3 months.
Fitness Minutes: (148,352)
2/4/14 5:19 P
Scale at least once a week and tape once a month
Fitness Minutes: (2,846)
2/4/14 5:12 P
2/4/14 4:29 P
I prefer measuring with a tape. My weight numbers haven't changed that much, but since starting doing Pilates I've gone down 3 pants sizes, 2 shirt sizes, and 3 bra band sizes. Numbers on the scale can vary so much based on the scale, the time of day, etc. that it's much better for my motivation and mental health if I focus more on getting healthy and rehabbing my back (why I started the Pilates) which aids in weight loss, than weight loss specifically.
Fitness Minutes: (23,761)
2/4/14 12:19 P
I weigh in as I don't show sufficient inches lost for a long time after I lose.
Fitness Minutes: (4,869)
732 2/4/14 12:17 P
Both. They each motivate me for different reasons.
Fitness Minutes: (10,460)
485 2/4/14 12:06 P
I find it very difficult to get consistent measurements with the tape so I don't trust any progress I see.
Fitness Minutes: (5,930)
296 2/4/14 12:03 P
I do both. Like someone else mentioned, there are times when the scale seems "stuck" and during those times the measuring tape reminds me that I am doing a lot of things right. I think that if you are doing any significant strength training that the tape measure is probably more important.
Depends on the day. Sometimes I wake up feeling so heavy that I rather use the tape to remind myself of my progress. Other days I wake up feeling so light that I have to step on to the scale and reaffirm my motivated feeling.
I use both the scale and my adorable digital tape measure to generate data in my fitness and weight management quest.
Both are useful in their own way, but the scale (for me) is the most reliable measurement of my progress.
Body measurements (and relying on how clothes feel, which I also do) are more subjective and too easy to "game" (sometimes pulling the tape slightly tighter or measuring in a teeny fraction of a different location can skew the result). A good scale that gives an accurate reading gives a solid number to go by, even if it is influenced by a lot of other factors (water weight, weight of food in the system, exercise, time of day, stress, etc.).
So over time, I feel the scale is my best source of data for weight.
Measuring can indicate how well I'm doing fitness wise.
I don't own a tape, so I just go with a weekly weigh-in
Fitness Minutes: (161,676)
10,785 1/31/14 10:52 A
1/31/14 10:28 A
Tape! That is best for me.
Fitness Minutes: (431)
1/31/14 10:14 A
I usually look at the scale, but in reality I know the # on the scale isn't that big of a difference. I go by how I feel, look in the mirror, and how my pants fit.
Fitness Minutes: (128,714)
5,169 1/31/14 10:11 A
Usually tape and clothing and then once in awhile peek on the scale.
Fitness Minutes: (11,285)
1/31/14 10:11 A
Neither, hate both!!
Fitness Minutes: (6,555)
1/31/14 10:07 A
I'm for the measuring tape all the way. The number on the scale, IMO, tells you absolutely nothing about how you look or your body composition which are what people most want to change when they try to become healthier.
Persoanlly I prefer to tape over looking at the scale. I think we have been programed to believe that lower number on the scale equal good health when that is just not always true. This is not to say I'm in support of people cartrying a excess of weight because that isn't healthy either however there is a medium.
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