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The 5 Pound Rule



Weigh your self daily. Don't allow yourself to gain more than 5 pounds without taking positive action. Continue to exercise and track your food. Maintain the good habits that caused you to lose weight.

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  • I weigh in once a month because I have had eating disorder issues. It messes with my head if I concentrate too much on my weight rather than on exercise and tracking my food. To me this isn't really about what I weigh but how active I am. To me that's more important. - by WINTERWINGS
  • This is exactly what I do. I need to weight daily to keep on track. I give myself a 5-pound maintenance range, and when it creeps up toward or over the high end, I know I need to get on top of it right now! - by MNNICE
  • I can change weight by 5 pounds in the course of one day. I drink lots of water in the morning. My weight goes up by lunch and then down by bedtime. - by SUSANBEAMON
  • Other than the every day weighing, this is exactly my motto. But I think weighing every day puts too much emphasis on your weight. Once a week is plenty to catch the 5 pound change, and lets me focus my energy on the positives in my life! - by ELENAKATIE
  • I agree! Ever since I hit my goal, I gave myself a 5 pound maintenance far so's a good tip to spread around! emoticon - by ANNIEONLI
  • Yes, this is so true. I know that WW's had a 2-pound rule if one wanted to be a lifetime member. But I think a 5 pound limit is much better. - by BLAZINGSWORD
  • emoticon What a gentle, skillful approach! So knowledge based, too. We can fluctuate that much depending on how much salt we had the day before, how dehydrated we are and how well are bowels are functioning. (I lost six pounds in two days but it was due to being unable to keep anything down, including water. Not worth celebrating at all.) - by SEAJESS
  • I agree...I give myself 5 lbs up or down. i also weigh on a daily basis...i don't want any surprises! I have a history of being a yo-yo's very important to me to be vigilant with my fitness and nutrition!! - by AWESOMECAROL55
  • Having only recently reached my maintenance weight, I do weigh myself daily, and a three pound gain makes me nervous! However, I find that if I only record the once a week weigh-in, it is pretty stable so far. Maybe I can take a breath when I've maintained for a year! - by GLASSART43
  • I like to weigh myself each day to monitor what is going on with gain or loss. I also monitor my BMI as well. I like to be in control and not be surprised with wacky figures a week or two later and have to work that much harder to get back in sync with my goals. - by MSROZZIE
  • 5 pound rule seems high to me, I work hard to get rid of the 5 pounds. I would have to move it down to 2 or 3 pounds. But I think it's a good idea, especailly over the Christmas holidays - by TELLINGGREY
  • I have a big event coming up this weekend and I plan to eat whatever I want. The 5lb rule will be a great tool to make sure I don't overdo it TOO much! Lol! emoticon - by ANUNADI
  • i will try to weight myself dayly and avoid gainning the 5 pounds
    motivation is the key...
  • I agree with the 5 lb rule. It really helps me to stay on track if I don't let it get out of hand. Otherwise, it seems like too much of an obstacle to tackle, and I give up. 5 lbs is not a tragedy and it's "doable" to get it off again. Catch it early!! - by RJSAMS
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  • I plan to keep it a 12 lbs range for me as it is very easy for me to gain weight and hard for me to take it off. - by BLUEWATER71
  • all good ideas - by LONGLEANNLANKY
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  • emoticon for sharing. emoticon - by NEENSTER1
  • SP does recommend a 5 lb range.

    I am just more comfortable with a 3 lb myself - then I freak, lol.

    when I hit my goal I gave myself a 5lb flux...i stay right around a 3lb mark by tracking every day food and fitness...and i use the reports to see how I'm doing weekly...but I do weigh in every morning to make sure Im on track - by LIL-ANGEL-WINGS
  • The idea of weighing in regularly is good and having a range that you don't exceed is great. Unfortunately, some of us have other issues. For me it is under active Thyroid. One time I gained 30 lbs in 2 weeks and hadn't changed my eating. for me keeping my medical issues under control and keeping up my physical activity is more important than weighing myself. If I keep up with my eating goals, my meds and my physical activity, the weight comes off and stays off. That way weighing once a week is acceptable and I know if there is a dramatic change that I need to get to the doctor and get my meds readjusted. - by JCUBBON
  • I like this! 5 pounds is what I allow myself as well. - by BLESSOLA
  • TMARTELL1960
    This is a great idea as the day goes on it is easy to see a few extra pounds whenI weigh myself in the morning they are gone. Weighing in once a week seems to be more accute and always weigh yourself at the same time of day - by TMARTELL1960
  • I do this,too! I had a trainer who said not to ,but then again she advised me to eat more than 1 protein bar a day--dropped her! - by MOMWANTSNOWAIST

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