Small differences in where you place your feet on the scale, or where the scale is positioned on the floor (bathroom floors are often intentionally tilted, so that they drain) can produce differences in the results.
Any difference in the scale in 5 minutes is measurement error. I don't think it is possible to say which is more accurate.
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74 12/14/12 11:07 P
No sense in weighing everyday because I can't keep to my schedule of exercise. I look forward to the time when my nutrition is under contol and my exercise is regular.
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467 12/12/12 11:59 P
I'm with Winiiie - I weigh everyday, but what matters to me is a trend. I write the numbers on the mirror in the bathroom (dry erase markers) and have it all right in front of me. I'm also a bit of a nut though, so I keep an excel spreadsheet with a graph of the weight and have it do a trendline (a linear regression line) that I compare to an "ideal" goal line. It let's me know what my overall trend is - and that's the information I need to make changes.
I just make sure conditions are basically equal - get up, pee, take off all my clothes while humming "It is getting so hot in here, I'm gonna take my clothes off", weigh, get dressed for the day.
Tim Ferriss (sp?) has a whole thing about how to make sure everyday is REALLY equal if you are using a body fat monitor that uses electrical impedance. But he's insane. I still recommend reading his book for ideas if that's your bag, but it's pretty over the top for me. (The book is the the 4-Hour Body and it has a cult like following.)
Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.
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12/12/12 7:12 P
I also like to weigh myself each morning before I get into the shower. It keeps me in check! I only record it every tuesday but I like to see it each morning. And if I know that I have been doing good it helps me get my butt out of bed to see what the scale says.
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789 12/12/12 6:48 P
I weigh every day, but I look at it as nothing more than information that exists whether I see it or not. For me, the numbers preceding and following my weigh-in are more important than one single weight on any given day, because those are what tell me what my body is actually doing. Is my weight on a downward trend? Upward? Is this an unusual spike or a dip? A weight of 124 for me could be any of those things, and how I respond to it depends on what's been happening over the previous days. I don't get those answers by weighing in once per week.
Anyway, because weight does fluctuate, it really doesn't matter when and how you do it, as long as the conditions are consistent. I know that I can 'lose' a pound by weighing in around 10:00 instead of my normal 7:00am, but because I'm usually at work by that time, I go for the 7am weight and consider that my baseline. I'll be heavier and lighter throughout the day, but that's my measuring stick to track those day-to-day changes, so that's what matters to me. Now, if I were entering a contest based strictly on the number on the scale, I'd go for a later weigh-in (or weigh every hour to catch my body at the lowest point possible), but that's not what I'm looking for when I step on the scale, so it wouldn't really tell me anything useful.
NAUSIKAA, I do the same thing!! Weighing every day actually prevents me from obsessing and worrying. I know the score, I confronted it. If the number is low, I celebrate... if the number is high, I record it like a data entry point and save my excitement for tomorrow when the number might go back down.
I also weigh every day. Mostly because if I skip a day, I start to worry that I might have gained a lot, and then I'm too afraid to weigh myself, and then a month will go by without weighing and then I really have gained. But I'm also a little crazy.
It does make you a little nutty to weigh every day, but that's what I do. I weigh almost every day and lately it's part of my Wii Fit routine. I'm told that Wii Fit is really accurate so I'm going to start to use that as my official weigh-in and maybe put up my digital scales because I'm starting to doubt them anyway. I usually get up, pee, weigh in my nightgown, then shower and put on street clothes. Later I get on the Wii and weigh fully clothed--and the number is lower than when I weighed previously on scales! So I'm going with Wii Fit weight and will change my ticker tomorrow.
I weigh myself everyday or every other day, not because I obsessed with the number on the scale, but to keep an eye on my natural weight flucations and changes. I don't freak out if I notice that I've gained 3-4 pounds one day. It just reminds me to think and question my healthy living status. I ask myself these questions: What food choices I have made in the past few days? Have I been doubling up on those delicious Starbucks Lattes to get me through the days? How many work outs did I skip this past week? Have I been more inactive this week (driving my car more instead of walking etc)
I wouldn't recommend weighing yourself daily if you easily get discouraged or frustrated by the number of the scale not being exactly what you hope for each time, or wanting to see a progressive weight loss. Do what works best for you and will keep you accountable for your workouts and healthy eating habits :)
Once/month for measurements is great! Keep that up, you'll be so glad you did it when you reach your goal :)
I would say to weigh pre-shower. Mainly because it's not logical to weigh less when your hair is wet - okay it can happen, scales are not perfect, but it's not going to be something you can count on!
I've got you beat though. I weigh after the bathroom, before showering or eating anything, and after I workout (i.e., sweat)! That always knocks off at least half a pound hahaha!!! (We all have our little tricks!!)
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12/11/12 10:22 A
I do measurements once a month. Used to do it once a week, but on here they say once a month.
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5,092 12/11/12 10:05 A
Just keep weighing yourself before your shower if that's what you've been doing. Also, if you haven't already, take other measurements (waist, hips, chest, thighs, calves, arms, etc) because scales can be very misleading and frustrating.
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12/11/12 9:51 A
I'm on my period now so I am not looking forward to my weigh-in on Saturday .. because I'll probably be up a little despite my efforts! I would say I'd always count the weight when you do it at the same time/way, aka after you go to the bathroom in the morning pre-shower. So I'd use the one this morning before your shower if it were me!
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12/11/12 9:47 A
So, before I started on here I would weigh myself every week after I peed in the AM and before i showered. Last week I didnt feel like weighing myself, knew I had gained cause I had my period, so I showered and didnt think about it. Then I felt bad for NOT weighing and I hopped on the scale post shower. I had actually lost weight, probably cause it was AFTER my PMS period. Anyway, I weighed this morning like usual, post pee pre shower, and I had lost SOME, which is good. Then I got curious and weighed after shower and I had lost even more. I have always weighed more after shower cause of all the water that accumulated in my hair.
So, which do I use? Last week's weight was post shower, but every other one before I joined Spark People was pre shower.
Suggestions? And dont worry, I will only be weighing ONCE a week either pre or post shower, depending on results from here...TIA!
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