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3,121 9/21/13 11:09 P
I think that weighing every day (or multiple times per day) is just a crutch that people use. People get so caught up in the day-to-day weighing and then when they don't lose any weight one day, they begin stressing and moaning about the scale not going down and "what are they doing wrong", etc.
I make it a point to only weigh twice a month...at the beginning of each month and the middle of each month. I don't even own a set of scales, so I must go to my doctor's office to weigh. Doing this keeps me focused during the month between weigh-ins, and provides a chance of any plateau to come and go in the fifteen or so days between weigh-ins. I can then make adjustments to my diet, if needed, during the next fifteen days before I weigh again.
There's a fine line between not obsessing and burying your head in the sand.
I think that when you're actively working to lose weight, especially if you don't have much left to lose, it can be extremely helpful to put the scale away for a while-- but then you're still actively monitoring yourself by recording what you eat and/or tracking and measuring progress in exercise. If you're hitting all your nutritional targets and slowly improving your workout performance, you don't really need the scale. You know that you're doing what's necessary for your health.
But the pitifully small amount of research that's been done on people who've lost weight and kept it off shows that almost all of them weigh themselves frequently (in most cases daily) during maintenance. It's one of the differences between those who lose and keep it off and those who lose but re-gain.
I think that people who have lost a significant amount of weight have had to get over the "not-what-I-wanted-to-see blues." It takes a year or more for most people to go from obese to normal weight, and in that time there are sure to have been times when the scale didn't move or went the wrong way for no good reason. You've also had time to figure out, "Oh, I gain two pounds every time I eat at Aunt Julie's, but it goes back down in a week."
I'm like one of the previous posters-- if I stop weighing myself, I'm able to pretend that everything's fine, and before I know it I've gained 5 pounds. So far I've always been able to get it back off, but I'm happier if i weigh every day so I only have to take off 1 pound instead.
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1,799 9/21/13 1:50 P
I both agree and disagree with this article.
I believe that the scale is a tool that we should use appropriately to help us assess our weight loss/maintenance. It should be used with other measurements such as our lab work, how our clothing fits, and hip/waist ratios.
The scale should not be used as a weapon to hurt ourselves on.
The argument that one should never weigh because the number has too much emotional garbage attached to it is the same as saying you should not know what size you wear or what your measurements are as if they are not perfect you will not be happy.
Some people should not weigh, such as anorexics in treatment. But their weight needs to be monitored by a professional. In our eating disorder program, people with anorexia are weighed daily, facing away from the scale with the only comment of thank you.
For many of us it is a needed tool. I weigh most days. I do it to keep myself honest about my food tracking and diet. I have a 5 pound weight range that I am happy to be in. If I go over that 5 pounds thean I know I need to pay more attention to my diet and exercise. When I stopped weighing daily, then stopped the weekly and the monthly weigh in I gained back 30 pounds.
We all need to figure out what works best for us.
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2,953 9/21/13 11:13 A
I only weigh myself once a month.....I measure once a week and go by how my clothes fit.
There are lots of ways to check your progress when you adapt a healthy lifestyle and certainly the scale is only one of them... Eliminating the scale may work for some...but it's nice to be able to check occasionally to make sure that the current strategy IS working and that the numbers aren't creeping up. I suffer from portion distortion, and food amnesia...so the scale is like my Geiger Counter. Do what works.
Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 9/21/2013 (09:04)
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3,509 9/21/13 8:52 A
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