When you are starting out, don't get hung up on the scale. I've attached a link to a SP article that says if you weigh, then not more than once every one or two weeks. As others have said, just with the normal fluctuations from water weight, food intake, slow digestion, etc., some people can get very frustrated with slow progress or even what may appear to be a slight gain.
And when you do weigh in, best to make sure it's as consistent as possible to minimize those normal fluctuations, for example, I do first thing in the morning before eating or getting dressed. I can tell you when I first started, it took a while for things to *click* with the incremental life changes I made. The scale didn't seem to budge for me, but I kept at it and it finally happened. Stick with it and you can do this!
Besides the scale, I measure monthly. As others said, your weight may stay the same as you develop muscle. So while you may not see much movement on the scale, sometimes your progress shows on the tape measure, which is far better IMO.
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I would suggest not more often than once a week. I think it's important to also use other methods to gauge your progress. Your measurements, how your clothes fit, is it easier to take the stairs. The problem with weighing more often is that the scale says nothing about water retention or sluggish bowels or anything else. And often, we tie our feelings about ourselves to the number on the scale. If it does not change or goes up, we can be hard on ourselves.... when really it's because we ate things that were high in sodium or maybe we're a little constipated. Even once a week, can be disappointing at times. The scale is not the be-all and end-all for health and fitness.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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I weigh once a week, but if the scale says the wrong thing I get irritated. So if I had advice, I would say measure as well as weigh. Everyone is right about you needing to find the pattern that works for you- but often the scale doesn't move for one reason or another while you continue see progress on the measuring tape or in the way your clothing fits.
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I don't think it matters as long as it is the same each time, and you are wearing the same amount of clothing. That is why I weigh first thing in the morning ( after potty of course) when I am still in my nightie ( no robe)
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I think weighing is an individual thing - just like your food plan! Personally, I weigh once a month. It works for me. The scale can weigh me down mentally if it isn't showing smaller numbers when I work hard. This way I do the best I can every day and don't look for that daily reward from that little box, but from how I feel! I know some people weight daily to stay on track and be accountable. That works for them. :-)
Barb Grand Rapids, MI EST
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I personally recommend weighing once a week, at the same time of day, wearing the same clothes (or consistently none). I wouldn't worry too much about getting discouraged. For one thing, if you are following your SparkPeople plan, I'm betting you'll see some progress in no time. Also, while I do get discouraged from time to time and think about giving up, I try to think how I want my menus to be and I don't WANT to go back to eating the way I did before. Just give it a few weeks to get fully on board with the plan and then let us know how you are doing. I'm pulling for you.
Charlotte from TN here, a very new newbie, with a lot of weight to lose. I am wondering if I could get some opinions as to how long to wait before I step back on the scales. I don't want to get discouraged and stop doing all the hard work I've been doing. How long should I wait? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!
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