I get on my scale every morning. Obsessive? Probably. I like to see which way I am going daily instead of getting a shock at the end of 30 days then have to try to figure out what happened and when. I put away my scale for 30 days once. I didn't even get on the scale at the gym. I worked out at the gym, watched what I was eating. It was tough and disastrous! I gained weight!! I will continue to weigh every day. I only get excited with more than a 2 lbs loss, because I know weight fluctuates with workouts, time of day and water intake.
It is only after I banished my scale to the closet and began concentrating on my health, rather than my weight, did I go down two sizes. For me, the weekly/daily weigh in was an exercise in humiliation and self-loathing. The scale isn't for everybody. It certainly isn't for me. If your emotional well-being is tied to the number on the scale, it is time to rethink using it. If it doesn't bother you, go ahead, keep using it. We are all very different in our relationship to the scale. Do what makes sense for you. Personally I am way too sensitive. I can't handle the emotional repercussions when the scale doesn't show the results I am expecting.It just makes me want to give up.
OK, I know a number of people say you should not weigh yourself daily, but if I know that my weight fluctuates from day to day, it still seems better to know what it is and what the range is that it's fluctuating in. If you only weigh yourself once a week, how do you know where you are in your range at that moment? It seems like you could get a weight that is higher or lower than you should be tracking. Using a tape measure is great monthly but a lot can happen in that month that you would be better off knowing about before you've suddenly got an extra 5 pounds to deal with.
5/3/2014 5:28:07 AM
Wow! Obviously the scale is a very controversial subject for people. I am a scale person. I have watched it go up and up and up. I have decided I am going to participate in the Spark People program and lose the extra weight I need to lose. I need to lose a whole person...at least 100 pounds...125 would be awesome. I need help and I think I can find it here. It seems like there are always people on line talking and sharing ideas just like this one. I don't think I will weigh for a while. It is so depressing.
I used to weigh myself daily, then it went up to two times a day! I finally stopped and now I try for once a week. This last week I weighed myself twice onto of my weekly weigh in, so it's not easy to stop but I'm getting better.
8/29/2013 4:13:54 PM
To those who think the scale keeps you accountable are probably the ones with the most scale obsession!! Weighing daily is not giving you a good accuracy at all! You do realize your weight can fluctuate several pounds in the course of a week. So if it shows you gained, what you eat less or exercise more... So not accurate at all!!
People: spark is not hating on the scale. This to help people who are litterally obessed with weighingand place all their self-worth on those numbers that pop up on the scale. I used to wweigh myself probably 5-12 times a day and I HAD to break that habit because it was impeding my weight loss and hurting my mental health. After i broke my habit and learned to let that number go, i have been able to focus on what matters. I still weigh myself, but can now look at the numvers in the scale without a huge amount of anxiety behind them. If you dont feel that way about a scale, then you probably dont have a weighing obsession you need to break! Everyone just needs to calm down and realize not every piece of advice is written for them.
I definitely agree with the folks who say the scale keeps them accountable. If I don't weigh myself once a day, I slip and gain a ton of weight. I will say that I am less obsessed than I used to be. I used to get on the scale about five times a day. I've also discovered that if I stall for a while, I can make adjustments to help me get things moving again. In fact, this happened recently. I was eating too little and exercising too much, and I was able to make adjustments to finally start losing again. It's a diagnostic tool, and I think if you use it as such, it's not a bad thing.
I step on that scale every day. It helps me keep focused on my goals. If I don't step on it in the morning I tend to get sloppy with food choices during the day. It's just another tool to help with the journey, don't understand why SP thinks it is a bad thing.
I'm sorry, but for me, "putting the scale out of sight" is the last stop before gaining ten or twenty pounds. I'll keep some of this advice in mind but on the whole, I don't see what is so bad about daily weigh-ins and being accountable to myself for maintaining weight loss since after all that is one of the very things I am trying to achieve.
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