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Weigh-ins: good or bad?

Saturday, January 07, 2012

I see lots of advice on SparkPeople about the pros and cons of weighing. And I know weight can fluctuate. I had been discouraged about a couple of pounds that I had put on about a week ago--and those pounds remained until yesterday when they were gone.

I realize that I sometimes put too much emphasis on the scale. The reason I weigh most days is because in the past when I've gained back weight it's because I've stopped getting on the scale. I've let myself lose track and let those pounds creep back on.

So I'm going to give a weekly weigh in a shot and see if that's better than weighing in on most days. Even though I'm in maintenance, I still log in food and exercise everyday. The logging of food keeps me from going back to mindless snacking. The logging of exercise keeps me motivated since I'm not someone who naturally looks forward to exercise.

One of these days I hope my habits will be so ingrained that I won't feel the need to monitor so closely. For now, I'm trying to avoid another yo-yo experience. I've taken off weight before and can do that when I put my mind to it--but maintenance is something I still need to learn to master.
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ATGOAL135 1/8/2012 10:17AM

  My vote: weighing often is GOOD! If you stop tracking your weight you are much more likely to gain back weight. I know from my yo-yo experience over the years, from everything I have been reading and from asking others who are successfully "maintaining". I weigh every day and post it on my tracker. Weekly would be the bare minimum (my opinion).

I joined the team here on Spark for members aged 50-100 who have met goal weights and are maintaining. It's a great upbeat, positive group! I have only maintained my current weight loss for 3+ months but several on this team have a number of years of success. I am learning from them!

The key to keeping weight off, I believe, is to continue to track weight, eat healthy 90% of the time, track foods when you start to gain too much so you become accountable and cut back if you gain more than 3 to 5 lbs, track fitness for same reasons.

Once at goal, you are not "dieting" anymore but need to create a total lifestyle change. A big motivator and part of my successful 30# weight loss was watching my weight on the tracker as it went down....and I firmly believe in order to maintain I will need to keep tracking.

If you stop watching/tracking you are very likely to drift slowly back to former bad habits. For me (until it has been several years maybe)I will need to be watchful. I have lost before and gained it back....this time with the help of Spark Trackers and support from various team members...it will be different! Diane

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