I weigh myself every day. I like to have the data, and it's been really important for me keeping myself accountable. However, you have to recognize that some days it won't budge, and some days it's going to go UP. Especially during that *ahem* time of the month, it's not unusual for me to actually GAIN three or four pounds. If you weigh yourself every day over a long period of time, you'll start to notice those trends and brush them off, because I know it's just water weight and it'll go away within a week. But if it's going to freak you out and get you discouraged when that happens, definitely stay away from the scale and weigh in once a week.
I think it really just depends on the person and their progress. If by some miracle of genetics and determination I could make that number move every day, I'd certainly be checking it :) But since it really doesn't move that fast, I prefer to weigh less often.
Daily (or even multiple times per day) weigh-ins tell you more about water weight than body fat for most people I think. A pound is 3500 calories, it's hard to get that kind of deficit in a day unless you're a professional athlete.
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5 10/5/12 7:57 P
I actually like to weigh myself twice a day, once in the morning when I get up and then again in the afternoon after I get home from work. It keeps me motivated.
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10/5/12 6:37 P
Thanks for the replies! I have decided to weigh myself just once a week at the same time in the morning. I am DEFINITELY one of those who get extremely discouraged if my weight goes up a little. Thank you all! xoxo
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924 10/5/12 3:36 P
I read about one system where you weigh yourself each day and then at the end of the week take the average weight as your weekly weight. It allows for daily fluctuations to get a more accurate weight.
But you have to be someone who can look at a scale that may have gone up and not panic.
Personally, I just weight once a week.
10/5/12 3:28 P
The scale is just a tool there are so many other ways to base your success. Making healthier choices, inches lost, body fat down, off of meds if you were on any, blood pressure down, etc. The way your clothes ffit looser. Everyone seems to dwell on the scale but that is what gets you down so don't weigh everyday Take a break from the scale but keep exercising and you will see results, drink your water , eat healthy.
Edited by: DIETER27 at: 10/5/2012 (15:29)
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10/5/12 2:27 P
If you can use it as an objective tool to chart your progress over the LONG TERM, then it can be useful. But if you're like many people and have a hard time getting past the day's particular number when it's gone up instead of down, I'd say not to.
For me, when I weigh once a week I put too much pressure on that one outcome. That's why I prefer to weigh multiple times a week and watch for an overall downward trend in my weight. Think of how the stock market grows: one day it's up, the next day it's down, but over time, the whole line moves up. Measuring your weight everyday works the same way. If you can see the big picture while you're weighing everyday, go for it!
Like your blood pressure, your weight fluctuates daily if not hourly. I only weigh myself once or twice a month at the same time each time. Leaning on the scale too heavily can be detrimental to your weight loss. One day you may see it down 5 pounds only to step on it the next morning and see a 6 pound gain. (that may be a little overreaching, but hopefully you get my point)
Find other ways to measure your success. A scale does not lie. You may want to recalibrate it by putting something you know the weight of such as hand weights. If they register correctly, your scale is correct.
I base my success on how I feel and how my clothes fit. I base it on the fact that I didn't eat junk food or overeat at meal times. I base it on how much exercise I do a day and how quick I recover from said exercise.
The scale is just a tool and not the best of choices to determine success.
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10/5/12 11:51 A
I may need a new scale, What is everyones opinion on weighing yourself daily?
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