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Scale Watcher

Friday, May 31, 2013

I'm a scale - watcher.
It's a personality thing. Not looking at the scale for me is akin to not checking my bank account.
Looking helps me understand whether or not my diet is working and whether or not I need to increase the amount of exercise I am doing -- what I need to tweak -- simple as that.
So, although I understand the frustration that we scale enthusiasts have when the numbers won't move, when I'm trying to lose, I weigh because:
I like to watch it go "down, down, down, down, down, down, down ..."
I think that would make a great theme song for Weight Watchers.
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  • SKATER787
    It's not what you do but how you do it. Weighing yourself everyday works for you so that is great. I think that is a good way of keeping a constant watch. Most direct and honest way. But for others, it's a constant beating, then they shouldn't do it. Good job!
    1786 days ago
    In spite of the science, if I don't weigh myself, I don't pay attention and I gain.
    I guess I could go by how I feel or look. For example, right now I am feeling fantastic, and I can see a definite improvement when I look in the mirror, so what I am doing is obviously working. The problem is, if I don't view the scale, I don't do what I need to do to feel this way -- I don't like to track. This is my way of focusing. My mind handles the ups and downs. It doesn't handle the not knowing -- even if what it sees isn't quite right.
    1787 days ago
  • LEWILL1982
    As a WW, love the song pitch idea. Go for it! As a scale watcher; I've had to cut back. I was making myself bonkers. I still do a glance but I've cut way back to about once per week. Working on trusting myself instead of the scale but I wrote about the scale today myself! You have to do what works for you!
    1787 days ago
    There are very practical reasons to not weigh every day. One big reason is that it takes 24-48 hours for food to pass from one end of the body to the other. So what you ate yesterday is still being processed through today and into tomorrow. But just because the 'leftovers' of the digestive process have left your body, that food hasn't necessarily found where it's going to end up. It still has to be converted over to glucose, carried through your blood to all of your cells, and what isn't used by the cells for energy has to be turned into fat. If the cells don't have enough energy they have to notify your body to break down fat or muscle stores in order to get the energy, which isn't an instantaneous process either. When you're exercising, you first use the glucose in your blood, then your body has to decide can it spare muscle tissue for instant energy, or should it break down fat stores instead? Since muscle is easier to make into energy than fat, it will go after muscle first, so any muscles not being used will be broken down. If your body goes after fat stores instead, it takes far more time to break down that fat to be used. So even exercise is not going to instantly burn up fat.

    Essentially, everything in your body needs time to do its job, and weighing yourself daily you only see the process, not the results. Weighing once a week or once a month will show you more results than process because it's an overall picture of everything your body is doing with the food you're feeding it and the work you're making it do.

    On the mental side, if you weigh every day you're going to see up and down fluctuations, and at best some small losses. If you weigh once a week the fluctuations even out and losses add up. Weighing once a month will allow the losses to add up to the big numbers that you really want to see. For instance, if you average 1/4 lb lost a day, that's not much to cheer about. Losing 7-8 pounds over a month is a far better number to see!
    1788 days ago
    I'm with you. As much as so many people say not to weigh every day, I do so to be accountable. I try not to stress over the ups because I know if I am doing what I am suppose to they will go back down and then there is always the celebration when it goes down and stays there. I found if I only weigh every week, if that is the day when it goes up, that just sends me into an unnecessary tizzy when in fact the next day it probably isn't still up and all that upset for nothing.... does that make sense?? Anyway, it is definitely a great tool for accountability and tweaking!! emoticon emoticon
    1788 days ago
    Yes that totally would make a good weight watchers song.
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