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2/3/13 5:24 P

I think it's important to use both! I like to take pics of myself in pants or shirts that are a bit too tight, then a few weeks later take the same pic again. It's awesome to see progress in photo form. I took a pic of myself 3 weeks ago in a pair of pants that went on, but were too tight to actually wear out. I tried on those same pants yesterday and they fit! emoticon I plan on wearing them to work tomorrow.

I also think using a scale is important too. It is difficult not to becomone "addicted" to the scale though. Obviously day to day our weight fluctuates due to water, salt... so maybe only weight yourself once a week. That seems to be a reasonable measure of progress! emoticon

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,332
2/3/13 4:00 P

I think it depends on you mostly what will be most helpful and healthy.

Personally, it is not healthy mentally for me to weigh myself more than once a week or take body measurements more than once a month. It is much healthier for me to focus daily on making progress in fitness or eating healthier than spending time thinking about the size of my body a lot. I'm not going to throw my scale out but it is only one measurement of progress in the whole healthy lifestyle journey.

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2/3/13 3:41 P

I do use a scale., but also realize that many things can make my weight go up and down.

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2/3/13 3:32 P

I've also read the advice that says to disregard the scale. I think it's way overrated. Yes, you shouldn't let your emotions be ruled by minor fluctuations on the scale, but the doctor told me to lose weight -- not to feel better, not to look better in my clothes, not to have more energy. The scale is only one means of tracking weight loss, but (contrary to what it says in one of the Spark quizzes) it's the best measure of your progress.

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2/2/13 10:35 P

I have a scale problem. I weigh myself constantly.

But here's the thing. I don't really care what the number is. I know my body, and I know when it is fluctuating up, down, etc. So I can step on the scale and see it say "124.7" when I was 120.6 at my last "real" weigh-in, and it doesn't phase me.

I use the scale to guide my weight loss (and maintenance, really, now). It will ALWAYS be "accurate" in that it will always tell me exactly how much force the ground has to push up on me with to keep me from falling down! But that's all the scale tells for certain. Everything else- the scale can't tell you. You have to figure that out for yourself.

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BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
2/2/13 10:20 P

If you think that weighing yourself will motivate you then you should buy a scale. I find it very motivating to watch the weight go down. Just remember that you will fluctuate up, so you shouldn't be discouraged if you see a gain and you are doing everything right.


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NEWRUNNER2 Posts: 542
2/2/13 10:05 P

I agree with the posts you've already gotten--I vote yes on using the scale as long as you keep it in perspective with other positive changes in your body and lifestyle.

I feel like the scale is going to tell me the facts. Sure, some days I like what it says and other days I don't. But I have to know the truth. Then I can take the next steps, whatever those might be.

MBEHNKEN Posts: 610
2/2/13 9:39 P

I used to weigh daily but it's too much up and down and gets discouraging. When I do it once a week that's not enough. I find Moonday and Friday mornings to be the best - but definitely yes on the scale.

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2/2/13 9:26 P

I am most successful when I weigh myself everyday first thing in the morning. I also am best when I weigh and track all the food I eat.

This way I see progress and it definitely motivates me. Everyone is different thought, I am a bit of a data nerd!

I also run and use ipod Nike + software to track my calories, distance, time etc when running.


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2/2/13 1:05 P

I think it's a useful tool and should be used. The problem that I have seen is that most people hinge their success/failure on the scale. Their emotional attachment becomes counterproductive because they pin immediate actions or cause/effect on the scale number and go down a rabbit hole of emotion.

If one uses it correctly and has emotional control, it's fine.

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1/31/13 7:56 P

I think it is very important to weigh weekly and track progress.

I also encourage taking body part measurements and doing this about every 4 weeks. We have information and a measurement chart here at SP.

% body fat changes more slowly. If available, track this about every 3-4 months.

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1/31/13 7:40 P

Just looking for some opinions.
Alot of people say that its better to diet without a scale because the number is irrelevent to your health and it is much better to track your body fat percentage then to track weight.

I personally don't use a scale right now but only because mine is broken and i need to make a trip to wal-mart :p Just wanted to hear opinions on the situation. My opinion is that i want to use a scale because it will motivate me when i notice my weight dropping.

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