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7/29/13 11:16 A

I weigh in daily, but there are times I start obsessing about every single number and I try to take a break.

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7/29/13 9:43 A

My son broke the scales at home so I weight myself at work. I try to weigh myself on Friday mornings then again Monday morning to see how much damage was done over the weekend.

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7/29/13 9:17 A

I weigh first thing on Friday mornings.

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7/29/13 9:14 A

First thing Monday morning. I also use my clothing to tell me how I'm doing.

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7/29/13 8:58 A


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7/29/13 8:14 A

every morning, I aim for 1lb a week

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7/29/13 5:32 A

Once a week

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7/29/13 3:30 A

Once a week at the most for me...nothing happens in a day that warrants my attention.

In my humble opinion, all that daily weighing does is show you the fluctuations that can happen in your body on a day to day basis.

I'm more interested in the big picture and trends that weekly or fortnightly weighing shows.

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7/29/13 12:48 A

Every day, usually in the morning.

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7/28/13 10:49 P

every Monday morning

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7/28/13 8:52 P

Every day, usually at bedtime and first thing in the morning. Sounds obsessive, but I like to keep track of the daily fluctuations and how they are affected by exercise, sodium intake, lower than usual water intake, etc.. I know that my weight varies by as much as 7 lbs over the week so I expect those ups and downs as long as the weekly recorded weight shows a downward trend. I don't think what I do is recommended for everyone but it works for me.

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7/28/13 8:50 P

once a week

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7/28/13 8:26 P

Every day, though I'm trying to wrap my brain around only weighing once a week. Even though I know it's completely normal for weight to fluctuate I still get frustrated by it.

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7/28/13 8:21 P

I weigh every day. I did it for 20 yrs and stayed slim because I didn't let myself get over 2# before taking it off, but when I had my last child, I didn't and that is when I got myself up to 214#. Horrible. Never again. emoticon

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7/28/13 7:14 P

I weigh everyday but the number doesn't make or break my day. Aim should be for 1 to 2% of body weight.

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7/28/13 4:08 P

I weigh a couple times a week. I used to weigh daily but now that I am at my goal, I've found that my obsession with the scale is not beneficial and may actually be harmful.

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7/28/13 3:58 P

KNUCKLES145- I like your 1-2% rule! I've always just said 2-3lbs/week in your obese BMI, 1-2 lbs in your overweight BMI and 1/2-1 lb in your healthy BMI. 1-2%, never thought of it that way.

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7/28/13 3:30 P

I weigh daily because I am close to my goal weight, I like to monitor my ups and downs and it actually reaffirms my commitment. It helps to make sure I am on track and going in the right direction. I take my measurments weekly.

This is entirely up to the individual. There was a time I would not get on the scale unless I had to and now I like to see the change.

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7/28/13 3:02 P

I think everybody has to figure out what works best for them. if you are the type that gets discouraged but the normal daily fluctuations or can become obsessed with weighing, then weekly weigh in are better. but if you need the scale to keep you focuses on your goals, then maybe daily is better. Personal, I'm like several others who weigh daily, but only have one day a week that is my official weigh in day.

as for how much you should lose weekly, I'm on a mission to get people to start thinking in terms of 1 to 2 PERCENT instead of 1 to 2 POUNDS. for example, a person who weighs 300 pounds can probably safely lose more than 1 to 2 pounds a week ( 2% would be 6 pounds) where somebody who is 125 pounds 1% would be one pound. I don't think I'll ever get others convinced though :)

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7/28/13 2:39 P


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7/28/13 2:00 P

I tend to get on daily, but reducing it to once a week would be best!

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7/28/13 1:49 P

I get on just about every day. It's by far my most important "keeping it real" tool, especially since I don't count calories. That said, I know better than to take any small sudden fluctuations seriously. It's important for the doing of it each day, and to keep track of trends.

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7/28/13 12:59 P

I weigh myself every Tuesday morning and then again Friday morning. It works for me. That way I'm not tempted to have a lot of "cheat" days

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7/28/13 11:18 A

While losing I only weighed and measured once a month at Curves. Had to get rid of scale in house as I obsessed and would get down if the number didn't reflect my effort. Once a month assured I would see a change that would keep me motivated. Now at maintenance, I got a scale again and weigh daily to keep myself on track.

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7/28/13 10:34 A

Personally, I prefer to weigh almost every day. As long as you understand your weight will fluctuate and daily weighing doesn't cause you undo stress, there's nothing wrong with it. I don't like anything sneaking up on me, lol. My weight doesn't fluctuate all that much anyway.

It really comes down to what works best for you. I've heard of some people only weighing once a month, the most common seems to be once a week.

You can check your daily/weekly deficits under "My reports" to get a rough idea of how much you should be losing. A deficit of -3500 cals/week should equal 1 lb/week. Sometimes the number is off due to many, many factors! From hormones, to fluid retention, human error in under or overestimating calories consumed or calories burned, the scale is also not the most accurate tool to measure fat loss, etc. It's just to give you a rough idea.

The general safe amount to lose is 2-3 lbs in your obese BMI, 1-2 lbs in your overweight BMI and 1/2-1 lb in your healthy BMI (per week).

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/28/2013 (10:35)

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7/28/13 7:00 A

When I was in weight loss mode I weighed once a week. It is not helpful to weigh more often than that. Your weight will fluctuate throughout the week so having one set day/time to weigh will give you a true measure.

Now that I am in maintenance mode I weigh every couple of days just to gauge where I am. If I'm up a little I cut back a little so I can come back down to me normal weight.

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7/28/13 3:50 A

The body naturally fluctuates by several pounds from day to day, due to changes in hydration level changes, while a healthy and sustainable rate of fat loss is 1-2 lbs per week.

Some people find that weighing in every day helps keep them accountable to themselves for their eating and weight loss decisions.

Others find the inevitable increases that natural fluctuations and daily weighing implies to be very frustrating and demotivating, and weekly or even monthly weigh ins helps them keep focussed on the longer term trend, rather than short term 'noise'.

In any event, using the tape is a much more reliable means of tracking your progress than the scale. Measure, rather than weighining yourself.


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7/27/13 10:56 P

I also weigh myself every day but only record once a week. A few years back I dropped 35 lbs using spark. Then I maintained for nearly two years. In the last couple years I've gained back around 7lbs. So I'm on a mission to get back down to my personal ideal weight. I find when I weigh in daily I'm less likely to let things slide if I've had a bad day the day before. That was the case today :( Back on track tomorrow though especially because it's a REST DAY for me. I know you can fluctuate even a couple pounds on any given day but it still helped me stay on track.
Oh and I did it all at home too....Treadmill 5-6 days a week and logged in my food on the nutrition tracker every morsel! IT WORKS!!!

Edited by: ALILANC at: 7/27/2013 (22:58)

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7/25/13 1:50 P

I see your almost at your goal do you work out at home?

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7/25/13 1:48 P

Thanks that helps alot i have 26 lbs to lose

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7/25/13 1:47 P

I weigh myself every day. I record my result about once a week.

If I don't weigh myself every day, it's easy to let the weight creep up on me.

Other people hate the scale and avoid it entirely.

Whatever works best for it.

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7/25/13 1:34 P

A safe range to be losing is 0.25-2 pounds per week. You should not EXPECTING to lose every week..weight loss isn't linear. The less you have to lose, the slower you will lose.

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7/25/13 1:19 P

How often do you weight your self? And how do you know how many pounds you should be losing per week?

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