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Should we think of our weight as a range rather than a set point?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Last week while reading (I am not sure where I read it) I read that it is better to think of your weight as a weight range rather than a set point. This makes a lot of sense to me. It can explain the day to day fluctuations that we all have experienced and give us a way to measure anyway without stress.

I like to weight each day. I find I do better that way. If you think of your weight as a normal 3 point spread say you worry when you go over the spread and celebrate when you set the spread lower, but don't sweat the small fluctuations within the spread.

I have been doing that for the last week and find it works very well. I do pay attention to the small ups and downs to see if there is a pattern developing, but don't have the stress when I see changes and am still able to weight each day. It is working for me so I thought I would share.
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    1458 days ago
  • JENNY888
    I notice my weight seems to fluctuate about that amount. I'm not even sure where I read the original article or how much it suggested. I don't think it did.
    1458 days ago
    I like daily weighing. I've been trying to weigh in weekly but it is driving me crazy - and it seems to make me less accountable about what I eat.
    Thanks for sharing the thought of weight as a range. Is the 3 pound range a figure that you picked because it works for you or was it recommended as what is normal for weight to fluctuate?
    1459 days ago
    The experts say staying within 5 pounds once you reach your goal, you are doing good. So, I go by that even now when I am on vacation (like I am now), or good for holidays,etc. I weigh everyday too, because it keeps me focused. I have tried it both ways, and it works best for me.
    Also, your body can reach a set point on its own, that is not good and hard to get off of. I think I am there now, used to be in this weight range 20 years ago for many years and it likes it. Really, it's true...the body uses it as a way to protect itself. Until you work hard to get it below it.
    Keep going! We can do it!!! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend! I will be back fulltime soon.
    1467 days ago
  • STEPH24379
    I like this......thank you for sharing. I had a great week, worked out, ate good and felt great. Stepped on the scale this morning and I was 2 lbs. UGH emoticon
    I try very hard not to let the number get me down. And use the scale as just a tool . I am going to start looking at it as a set point . Have a great weekend!
    1467 days ago
    Great concept! I shall try to think of it that way too.
    1467 days ago
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