Why daily weight is absurd
Thursday, December 13, 2018
I've read repeatedly that weighing in daily is a poor weight control technique, and feeling how clothes fit or how many belt notches you're using are more reliable. I agree.
Yet I weigh in daily. As weight goes up and down, I take small rises in weight as a warning that some part of yesterday was too generous with calories or too stinting of exercise. If there's a small drop I figure I'm doing stuff about right.
So yesterday, in an unusual moment of internal healthy guidance, I decided to walk to a social meeting five miles away. Got there with only the beginning of a blister under my left great toe. And I carried a water bottle; drank from it about three times. At the meeting I drank some tea. Afterward I ate and drank normally at dinner. Never felt thirsty or hungry. Maybe used the toilet less, but not noticably so. In other words I don't think I was dehydrated.
Yet this morning my weight is three pounds (or so) below yesterday's. Not possible. I did not do that much work. I was not on calorie restriction. So this is the loss of water weight. And tomorrow, when I weigh myself again, I will be up, likely to where I was two or three days ago.
Though I understand this, I find it annoying. Still, I find the weigh in practice helpful in maintaining what little motivation I have.
My weight is somewhere between 150 and 155 pounds. The primary things holding my weight there are 1) not snacking. Period. When I crave a snack I simply say that I am not the sort of person who snacks. And I make myself a cup of tea. 2) is greatly diminished drinking of alcohol. I've never drunk a lot, but certainly my routine has been to drink one glass of wine a day, maybe two (one before dinner, another with dinner). Sometimes three (add an after dinner glass). Or, maybe an after dinner a nightcap of bourbon. I now substitute each of these drinks with sparkling water, except at parties on weekends when I will certainly have one or maybe two drinks per occasion. That's moving my drinking from at least 10 drinks a week to maybe four. I think that's part of my current weight maintenance strategy, and I suspect my liver is happy with the change as well.
The last few pounds are definitely the hardest for me.