I am for the first time in a decade NOT using any scales or tape measures. I am going old school- using my clothing. I could care less how much I weigh, it's my clothes that I want to wear that matter.
In the past I can say from experience that the scale wasn't much help for me anyhow. The last time I was a member here I lost only 30-35 pounds but 65+ inches and over 5 jean sizes. Had I gone by the scale I would have been disappointed. I had months that I didn't lose weight, many times back-to-back. However, I'd drop 2-4 inches.
I say ditch the scale. And FYI Body Fat% on scales is very inaccurate. The readings will fluctuate wildly including if you are retaining water or if your digestive system is out of wack.
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10/11/13 8:22 P
Scotty, you need to realize that weight loss in not as important as fat loss. Muscle weighs more than fat. So if you gain muscle mass then the scales will reflect the gain. You can look at your measurements to really see how well you are doing physically. I am not looking at the scales as much as I am looking at my measurements. I hope this helps a little.
My main reason for losing weight is for better health generally but mostly to reduce the impact on my joints due to arthritis.
I use both scale and non-scale victories to measure my weight loss. I weigh in once a week. Daily weighing is generally depressing although sometimes I weigh myself midweek to see how I am going. Also to gauge how much less I need to eat to score a weigh-in victory.
I go a lot by how my clothes are fitting and they are getting looser (thankfully). I am now buying smaller sizes in clothes and my belts.
10/11/13 4:09 P
FAITHP44- I agree with you. I am seeing more Non-Scale Victories (NSV's) than I am scale ones. However, it is a joy to HAVE to wear a belt now with my largest clothes. Of course not wearing one is not a pretty sight:) I am going to be more than happy to have to buy new suits and such. The biggest problem I will have is that while I will have a smaller waist and all that, I will still have the same LONG arms and Long torso.....so instead of wearing off the rack I will have to buy, have tailored and then wear. I won't need the 19"neck but still need the 38/39" sleeves and at least 2X for my shoulders. But it's a price I'm willing to pay.........especially when I buy my pants in the little men's shop of the rack. As it is right now I have to find the smaller size in the tent stores........:)
10/11/13 4:04 P
MISSJANE55, I bought mine at a local store, it's made by Weight Watchers. I'm not sure if it is super accurate, but it at least provides me a baseline. It should provide me with the ability to measure change relative to when I first used it. As far as programing it was very easy. Just put in my height (for BMI), my age, and sex. That's about it. I want to say it as about $35.00
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10/11/13 3:44 P
I've been curious about those scales that measure fat, bone mass and water...did you find it was difficult to program? Which kind did you get?
Edited by: MISSJANE55 at: 10/11/2013 (15:44)
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10/11/13 3:06 P
why am i doing this? Simple-- to be able to enjoy my family for a long time. Losing weight, losing fat, getting toned, getting lean muscle, etc are just the side effects of my long term goal to being 100 % healthy in body, mind, and spirit with no evidence of disease.
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4 10/11/13 1:18 P
Fat has to be burned off, weighing every day can just make you depressed or falsely elated. The worst thing that can happen would be to lose muscle mass. Make sure you are getting your protein requirement every day and not too much either, since that will be burned as carbs and stored as fat. Having your clothes fit better is a wonderful indicator of progress.
I do weigh myself most days, but weight can fluctuate so much one way or the other so I only actually count it when I get weighed by the nurse once a month. But I also measure my weight loss by the new clothes I need. I kept all the clothes I'd grown out of and found that most of them fitted me nicely in May (fantastic feeling.) But many of them now look ridiculous on me or are starting to look that way. So that's a real (but somewhat expensive) indicator that my efforts are working.
10/11/13 12:54 P
Ok Spark peeps, what is it that you are really doing all this work for? I am really wanting to reduce my body fat, but the darn scale seems to dominate the success evaluation landscape. So I bought a scale that measures body fat, water & bone composition. I have also stopped weighing myself daily. I only step on the scale on Friday mornings, gives me the week to overcome and slip up's on the weekend.
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