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I also use a trendline on my chart. I do the trendline for one month of data. The most recent.
If it is flat, then I am maintaining well. If it is angled up then I am gaining overall for the month, and if it angles down then I have been loosing. So the goal is being at target weight and a flat trendline.
I also started using this method to % of fat. as my scale fluctuates a lot. having an average and a trendline is helpful there too.
this site has a downloadable excel sheet
/home.html is an app
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I'd love to find an app that will do this for me - may have to check out that team for some information. It would be nice if Spark could figure out a way for us to have this kind of tool, especially for those of us maintaining (or trying to).
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I've recently decided to try weighing daily and tracking on physicsdiet.com. It does the calculations and graphing for you. I had a 2 pound difference between yesterday and today, so this should prove interesting if nothing else.
As long as my morning weight is goal +/- 3 pounds I am in my bounce range. If it's in the "+" that day I cut back a little. If it's "-" I go about my business. I never worry about it. If I know in the morning what my day will look like, I'm good to go. I don't really need to know the "average", just that I am in range.
No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.
Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.
There's a whole team about using weighted moving averages...
And yes, I rely heavily on them, myself.
I use FatWatch on my iPhone and started with physicsdiet.com and eventually moved to managing my own spreadsheets on Google docs. See the above team links for more info.
Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 4/23/2013 (08:15)
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From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.
Goal 155 +/- 3%
Yes I use I google 15 for the moving average it is a very helpful tool
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I have been at or around goal for about 5 months. I started with a lot of frustration. Trying to figure out what would work to maintain weight was and is a struggle. On weeks where I am less active, or hit holidays and the like my weight tends to go up.
But my weight tends to vary a lot from day to day. Depending on what I have eaten and level of hydration. I would find that I would great really frustrated, one day on goal, then next up a KG.
One thing I have been doing over the past month or so is using a spreadsheet to track a moving average, a 7 day and 15 day, and a trend line . This shows a pattern of weight loss or gain. instead of freaking out if I am up TODAY, I look at the overall during the past week or 2 weeks. I can realize that I am still fine. I don't need to react yet, I need to see if there is a change in my pattern of gain or loss.
I also realized that I want to have my average weight to be at goal, sometimes I will be above or below that. I now have an idea of a bottom weight, which is below my goal weight by a kg or so. Knowing that I will have days where I am dehydrated or not so full of stuff.
This has helpped me to not be so reactionary.
There are some already formatted online spreadsheet for moving averages and some apps for your iPhone.
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