What time of day to weigh

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Posted: 30 Nov 2013, 13:51
I was told by someone that weighing 15-30 minutes after you've woken up is the best time to weigh as you'll get the most consistent results. Is that what most people are doing? I don't want to cheat by weighing in the morning if I'm not supposed to :/
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Posted: 30 Nov 2013, 14:18
That’s what I do…

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Posted: 30 Nov 2013, 14:30
Morning.Before food or liquid.After morning "sit down" if possible.

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Posted: 01 Dec 2013, 07:12
yeah I think thats just right!

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Posted: 01 Dec 2013, 07:48
I weigh myself in the morning. After pooping and before breakfast. Smile

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Posted: 01 Dec 2013, 15:03
I record in the morning, but sometimes I like to check at night just to see what the difference is. Occasionally I weigh several pounds more at night which is crazy!

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Posted: 01 Dec 2013, 20:20
Because you sweat at night. ~4 pounds a night is very likely Wink

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Posted: 02 Dec 2013, 08:26
Just for the fun of it, I've been weighing myself just before bedtime and first thing in the morning every day for the past few weeks just to see what the variants are. I know the scale doesn't reflect the changes my body has experienced but seeing the differences on the scale between morning and night is kind of an eye-opener. It made me pay way more attention to my sodium consumption and now, I don't get the usual 4 lbs. gain during the day anymore - it's stable at about 1.5-2 lbs if there's no weight loss occurring.

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Posted: 13 Dec 2013, 19:32
first thing in the morning after using the bathroom.
my weight...

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Posted: 14 Dec 2013, 06:32
I also weigh myself first thing in the morning before breakfast and after using the bathroom!!!

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Posted: 06 Jan 2014, 16:30
Yup. Weighing in is part of my morning routine. Get up, use toilet, weigh in, shower, get ready.

I also like to weigh myself daily, even though many people don't recommend it. I like to see the daily fluctuations to keep an eye on any trends that might be occurring. I use a Weight Trend tracking app on my phone to record my actual daily weight, then input the trend weight here. That way here shows a more accurate representation of how much I have actually lost, rather than being flooded with daily ups and downs.
Jan. 1/14: 255
Goal 1: 240

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Posted: 11 Jan 2014, 14:19
Used to weigh myself at about 6pm but that was always a bit depressing, as it included the food and water I'd had for the day. After a few months, started weighing myself first thing in the morning. Although I weigh myself every day, I only record and pay attention to the stats (on my Tanita body monitor) once a week.
"Don't do it because you hate your body; do it because you love it."

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Posted: 21 Jan 2014, 23:26
Same here! First thing in the a.m. with no clothes on Smile

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Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 19:10
Mornings is the time I weigh myself in.

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Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 21:56
Just do it consistently- same time of day, same scale, similar clothing. Your have no exact weight, it fluctuates constantly, so the trend is what matters.
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Posted: 16 Feb 2014, 05:33
Mornings. Crawl out of bed, go to the bathroom, hop on the scale.

The trick with weighing in every day is that you have to learn to ignore short-term fluctuations. Losing weight doesn't happen in a smooth curve-- there are lots of small ups and downs along the way. You might weigh yourself one morning and come up two pounds higher than you were the day before. Two days later the extra pounds will be gone again.

If you're the sort of person who is going to freak out every time the scale jiggles up a little bit then don't do it. On the other hand, weighing daily may actually teach you that fluctuations are normal.

Also, lots of scales have issues with the repeatability of measurements, especially if you stand in slightly different places. When you have a few spare minutes one day, get on your scale ten times in a row and record each measurement. You probably expect to see the same weight ten times in a row, like this:

197.2 197.3 197.2 197.2 197.4 ...

Instead, you might well see:

197.2 198.5 196.8 197.9 198.7 ...

If your scale is really bad about getting consistent results, either replace it with a more accurate one or get into the habit of weighing yourself three times and using the middle number.

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Posted: 17 Feb 2014, 05:29
Marlene1952 That's a reasonable thing to do. However, before you do it I recommend trying the weigh-ten-times trick. It's worth investing 2-3 minutes on this so that you can understand what sorts of variations your scale produces.

The best one I've encountered is the Wii Fit. I could very rarely get it to vary its reading by more than half a pound. My FitBit Aria is moderately good, though if I stand farther back on it I can force it to read about a pound lower than if I center my feet.

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Posted: 17 Feb 2014, 05:46
i also think the repeated weigh and take the mean is the best way. i weigh myself every day but only record a couple of times a week. i always try to weigh myself around the same time and without clothes and do 5 times and take the mean i think this has given me the most consistent results and kind of cancels out any varaitions due to inaccurate scales and different clothes. Find something that works for you and keep it consistent
Consistency is the key Smile

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Posted: 17 Feb 2014, 16:09
Excellent idea! I actually just learned that my scale does have an inconsistency and I think it's about where it's placed on the floor so I had started making sure the scale was within the same tile on my bathroom floor but I like the idea of taking an average. Thanks for the idea!

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Posted: 18 Feb 2014, 07:21
I will definitely try this tomorrow although I think my scales are very consistent.
Thanks for all the responses

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