Why should you weigh yourself?

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neal51

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Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 15:46
Some of my buddies on Fat Secret say I weigh myself too much. Currently,I weigh myself every morning twice. Once, after I go pee pee first thing in the morning. Then the second time is after I finish at the Gym, and have sat in the sauna ten minutes but before I shower cause the water drops on my skin probably weigh a lot. Then, I update the lowest of the two weights on Fatsecret, if I have dropped weight. If I haven't dropped I don't update. If I have dropped on my first morning weigh-in, and then drop on my second, I also update again. Does this make sense?
One of my buddies said they track their progress by taking a bunch of measurements? What kind of nonsense is that? (Smile
I noticed there were over 1,000 post to a question about when one should weigh oneself - so I thought it might make sense to ask why one should weigh one self? [/b]
Neal W. Collins
gkcfm95

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Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 16:31
I think it's a personal choice that helps keep you motivated. If weighing yourself twice keeps you focused then keep it up! Some people become frustrated if they don't see the number dropping. I usually weigh myself every morning, but only record it once a week.

~kelly
Spacey47

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Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 16:33
i stopped weighhing myself months ago, how i look and how my clothes fit me is a far better indicator thans a number on a dial

true i have hit my target weight but i think what you describe is obsessive and a bit neurotic.

once a week is more than enough, just do it first thing on an empty stomach

At the end of the day its about losing fat not weight per se, if you build muscle and lose fat your weight may remain the same but you will be trimmer , hence why measurements are a better indicator than weight

you can be 189lbs of fat or muscle...i know which i would rather be


still you have made good progress so if it works for you ..F*&K it!

madjak30

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Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 16:40
Most people weigh themselves once per day, I don't...I weigh in every couple of weeks...but to each their own. When you do weigh in, you should try to do it at the same time everytime. Not necessarily clock time, but when you get up within an hour and before you eat...or just before bed or a couple hours after your last meal for the day...as for the measurement system, that is for people that are more concerned with body fat & body proportions...weight doesn't really measure your health, it's an indicator but not a direct measurement...one guy can weigh 200 lbs & be unhealthy, another guy can be 200 lbs and be the picture of health (two guys of same height). Your build and muscle developement will play a big part, so when they are measureing they are more health concious than weight concious...I basically just go by how my cloths are fitting, getting looser or tighter...I've recently dropped from XL to just L...and I feel much better...my pants have gone from a 42 waist to a 36...if you focus too much on the number on the scale, you may get discouraged and feel like it isn't making any difference. You might just talk yourself into not trying anymore because "it isn't working", but even losing 1 lbs per week makes a huge difference...52 lbs in a year is nothing to be ashamed of. But it isn't as impressive as talking about losing 5-10 lbs in a week...those numbers are not sustainable though, where as 1 lbs per week is...until you get close to your goal, it will slow down at that point...anyway, I'm rambling...Good Luck.
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kingkeld

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Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 19:59
I weigh myself every morning, first thing after potty break. It seems to me to be the time of day where I get an accurate reading.

Often, I weigh myself in the evening, last thing before bedtime, simply to see an indicator of tomorrow's weight. I pretty much know what weight comes off through the night - which is usually about 2 lbs. Obviously, this fluctuates a lot, but it gives me a great sense of knowing what's going on before I sleep.

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kingkeld

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Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 20:00
I weigh myself every morning, first thing after potty break. It seems to me to be the time of day where I get an accurate reading.

Often, I weigh myself in the evening, last thing before bedtime, simply to see an indicator of tomorrow's weight. I pretty much know what weight comes off through the night - which is usually about 2 lbs. Obviously, this fluctuates a lot, but it gives me a great sense of knowing what's going on before I sleep.

Visit my website: www.tabdig.info

"Losing weight is never about eating as little as possible"
- Kingkeld.
"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
"Do. Or do not. There is no trying."
- Master Yoda.

I went from morbidly obese to being the owner of TABDIG - a weight loss coaching service that helps people worldwide losing weight. It's been an amazing journey. From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, living healthy and helping people to reach the very same goals. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier! If you feel that you need help losing weight, don't hesitate to send me an inbox message.
jonnybadback

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Posted: 25 Apr 2013, 03:08
I used to weigh every morning. it kept my focus up. now i have reached my goal weight its once a week, unless i wake up feeling heavy then i will weigh just to check its still ok
Dianem65

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Posted: 25 Apr 2013, 15:53
Weighing yourself first thing in the morning is best before breakfast and is your true weight. If you weigh yourself after exercise that is not a true weight as you will have some water loss.
fawkesmom

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Posted: 25 Apr 2013, 16:28
I've completely stopped weighing myself because it was making me obsessive. I don't know what I weigh but I can tell that I feel healthier and have more energy and my clothes are definitely a bit looser. Eventually I'm going to step on the scale and have my spouse record my weight without my looking just so that my exercise calories will be more accurate. I'm a lot happier this way and the numbers I'm paying attention to are how many minutes I exercised or how fast I was able to walk my usual route.
Miss Kimmy

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Posted: 06 May 2013, 03:33
I have been told by everyone that I need to weigh myself once a month. I currently weight myself once a week. Although I am using weights in my strength training exercises and muscle does weigh more than fat. I still feel that I should be loosing pounds and I am. I have also found that most at home scales are off by a couple of pounds
Carole Shaw

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Posted: 06 May 2013, 14:49
I weigh myself too often, I KNOW I don't NEED to know, but I really am very curious. I don't get too discouraged if things haven't changed, but sometimes I am delightfully surprised! Also I know that I will notice a trend and can nip it in the bud. I don't take any weight during the day too seriously, just the morning measurement.

I think it comes down to personality as to whether weighing often is good or not. For the curious cat like me it allows me to stop wondering. Smile
Keep on keeping on!
Miss Kimmy

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Posted: 07 May 2013, 19:46
I dont get discouraged by the scale either. I am going to starting recording my measurements this week...
ronwmiller

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Posted: 07 May 2013, 20:13
What does weighing yourself do?

For some it defines their self worth, for others it's a curiosity, for others it's to reach a goal. If the earth didn't have gravity I suspect that we wouldn't want to (or need to) weigh ourselves at all. It's just a number - good, bad or otherwise.

What's important is how you feel. Do you have trouble carrying around some extra pounds, not able to keep up with the kids, or simply to wear some clothes you wore a few years ago that no longer fit.

There's another important factor here. Your health. Being overweight increases your risk of diabetes, hypertension, arthritis and a number of other weight related issues. If you don't want to be at risk for for these and other weight related diseases by all means lose some weight.

I've lost more than 45 pounds over the last year and I'm nearing my goal; it was relatively easy. I weigh myself daily so I know what changes to make in eating, exercise or sleeping. Join me in a challenge to lose the last 10 pounds. http://goo.gl/WWRTB

Tracking your weight, exercise and sleep over time is what can get you results. I feel great because I'm wearing jeans that I haven't worn in 20 years and they fit.
Miss Kimmy

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Posted: 07 May 2013, 20:32
Ron, I soo agree with you. I can say that this is the longest time I have ever really worked towards my weight loss goal. Iusually only "DIET" for a month and go right back to my old habbits. Every year, I tell myself I'm going to do it and just to lazy to start. Well on March 6th, I went to my first group aerobics class and I was exhausted and somewhat sore. That class motivated me because the majority of the class were 50+ and were totally in shape and looked soo young. That was innated in my head, I can do this. Over the years my doctor always told me not to think of it as a diet, conisder it a healthy lifestyle change and to eat every 3 to 4 hours. I always dismissed the eating every few hours because I'm single and Iived off dining out. WellI decided to do what every person that tell me they lost weight did and so far I'm loving the results and it's not hard as I thought. The only thing I hate about it is going to the grocery store. I treat myself to something I really want to eat or drink once a week and as the weeks pass me buy, I no longer crave those fast foods or high fat foods. Its been two months and I am down 27 lbs and I set myself a realistic weight goal to reach for every month and thats 6-10 lbs per month and so far so good.,
nic h

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Posted: 08 May 2013, 12:39
@ Ronwmiller - I never thought of it "Weighing in" that way! Thanks for the insightful information Smile
ronwmiller

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Posted: 09 May 2013, 01:03


@MissKimmy, congratulations! You're on your way. I'm of the opinion that diets end and life style changes are forever. That's what makes weight loss successful. If you're disciplined anyone can lose weight but only those that make permanent changes will keep it off. I also recommend that you go slow if you're not used to working out. If you're even a bit overweight the extra stress on your joints/muscles will cause a lot of discomfort - sometimes to the point that people give up.

My favorite quote is "If you're tired of starting over stop giving up".

How are you tracking your progress?
ronwmiller

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Posted: 09 May 2013, 01:04
Hi nic h,

Always glad to offer witty thoughts. Idea

Miss Kimmy

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Posted: 09 May 2013, 13:12
@Ron, I currently purchased a b12 shot package off groupon. I go once a week and get a b12 shot and get my measurements taken and weigh in. I also have a weight watchers scale at home that tells me my bmi, fluid qnd things like that. Thats how I know my scale at home is off a few lbs. The nurse told me that as well. I weigh at least once a week.
Miss Kimmy

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Posted: 09 May 2013, 13:16
I am obese.. I dont know if its mental or not but I feel as if my working out and loosing weight has cured my bad knee...lol
dianagru

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Posted: 19 May 2013, 19:11
I say...wow! you have lost 63 pounds....weigh yourself when ever you want!!! Congratulations!!!



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