How often to weigh?
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Daily? Weekly? Monthly?
I have always weighed daily when trying to lose weight. First thing in the morning, after my shower and getting dressed. Yes, I know that adds a couple of pounds. Fact is, I get some psychological satisfaction from knowing the "real" number is lower than what the scale says. Besides, the scale is in my bedroom and there are usually 1-4 boys in there with me in the morning so in the buff wouldn't really work...
Digression! Anyway, so I have always weighed in daily. But though the "official" weigh in was the morning, I would find myself stepping on the scale multiple times a day. I don't like that. Also, when I start to slide I would find reasons not to bother -- can't find the scale (seriously, it ends up deep under the bed or in the back of the closet at least twice a week), need to use the bathroom, etc. And then days stretch to weeks to months and suddenly I am gaining weight again.
I'm not blaming that on my daily weigh-in, but the daily weigh-in sure isn't preventing anything. And the daily fluctuations due to drinking, breastfeeding, menstruation, bathroom habits can be significant, so looking only day to day doesn't necessarily show a pattern anyway.
This time around I am trying to keep to a weekly weigh in. I feel like once a week should be enough to give me the feedback I need on whether what I am doing is working (particularly since I am not counting calories). Then I find myself stepping back on in the evening after weigh-in just to see if the morning's weight was "accurate" -- i.e., could I have just been dehydrated? Did I put on 8 lbs during the day indicating that the weigh in # should have been higher? Then again the next morning for the same reason.
I worry that it becomes an obsession. I plan to weigh in Monday morning and then put the scale away until the next week. (That should also help prevent scale "accidents" -- my kids must have broken at least 2 scales by jumping off the bed onto them or trying to carry them from room to room and dropping them.)
What do you do?