"When you weigh in for a challenge would it be best to use the moving average weight?"
Well, erm, That is a very interesting question. LOL (cringe)
As the rules for the challenge are written, it is OK to use a moving average weight. And some people do.
Me, for example, this time around (all the other times I've used the actual scale weight). And it "saved" me two weeks ago from going over because the scale weight actually WAS out of the +3% range, while the moving average wasn't.
Is this cheating? Well, technically "no," since the rules have always said you can use an average, as long as you're consistent. Does it make it easier to keep your reported weight from fluctuating? Definitely.
In my case I decided to try this time with a weighted average because I've been such a miserable failure all the other times when I went by the scale weight. LOL. And I've picked a pretty hard range to keep (150 is pretty low for me, historically). There's no chance of me unfairly winning the title, but with the extra help I *might* be able to make it 12 weeks within range.
Other people have sometimes used a 7-day average, or something like that. Which is also allowed.
In the end, I kind of feel like the point of the challenge is to just do it at all, rather than game the system somehow to "win" the title. Maybe that's just rationalization? I'm not sure.
Either way, I can say for me I'm pretty stoked to see if I can keep it going and continue keeping my moving average within range. Stoked enough that I'm encouraged to keep my calories a bit more under control, even today. So I guess it's working. LOL Maybe if I do manage it finally this time, next time I'll take the training wheels off and try it again without the moving average...
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