Does weighing daily help or hurt?

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Posted: 20 Oct 2011, 15:09
Hi all,

My first post. Been on Atkins Induction for 2 weeks now. Sticking to it pretty well (had a flub up today, but I am now back in the Atkins saddle). I am wondering about daily weigh-ins. When I step on that scale, and see 1/2 pound gone, I have a great day. When I climb on the next day, and see that perhaps I have "actually" gained 1/2 pound back, my day is terrible. Now I know intuitively that this is water weight, ebbing and flowing.

Do any of you do this daily weighing stuff? How does it go for you?

Just curious...

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Posted: 20 Oct 2011, 18:47
I'm a daily weigher and it does make things hard sometimes! I do the same thing...if I lost that morning I am happy, happy...if I stayed the same or gained then my mind starts playing tricks on me. I begin to think that it's not working...that I should try something different etc. I'm in my second week of induction and have struggled with this (but I have done this on every diet I've been on.) On the other hand it makes me accountable to myself...keeps me focused on eating the right way etc. At the end of the week all that really matters is if I lost something compared to the same day last week. I just wish I could step on that scale and see 50 lbs gone! lol!
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Posted: 20 Oct 2011, 19:41
I am a daily weigher too and suffer the same issues as CeeCee. I tried to stop weighing daily because of the ups and downs (literally and emotionally) but I felt like I didn't horribly with my diet when I didn't weigh. So I'm back to weighing daily. You have to let the fluctuations go. I weigh daily but only record my weigh in on Saturday.

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Posted: 20 Oct 2011, 19:46
I weigh everyday,but my official weigh in is on Mondays.That way i can see the weekly progress instead of daily ups and downs.No emotional rollercoaster that way.

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Posted: 20 Oct 2011, 19:49
Thanks so much for the great feedback. I am glad to know that I am not the only one out there doing that daily "oh please oh please". For me, it is this stage of Atkins that is the hardest. The immediate drop has happened, and now the real weight is coming off, but it is soooo slow compared to the beginning, and it gets really frustrating sometimes. I am toying with switching to more of a South Beach type of diet, as I really miss fruit, and don't mind eating leaner foods.... have any of you had success switching low carb-style diets midstream like that?


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Posted: 20 Oct 2011, 19:52
I have been on an abundance of diets but this is the first time I have reached the 20+ lbs lost. Two things that are different this time are FS and weighing in weekly. I force myself to reframe from weighing in more than once a week. In the past when I weighed in daily I would get frustrated with myself the days the scale went up and then find myself eating worse that day. It was an ugly cycle for me. I feel weekly weigh in's is what works best for me and brings me the best results. It may or may not work for you. You could try daily weigh in's for a couple weeks and then switch to weekly ones to see which one you like more. Good luck.

P.S. Not on Atkins. I do my own limited carbs but no over indulging diet. Smile


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Posted: 20 Oct 2011, 20:33
Before I joined the site I made a promise to myself that I would weigh myself once a week. I don't expect much loss for the first couple of weeks, I'm also exercising more and muscle will weigh more than fat, so my weight won't seem to decrease at first. However, I personally feel that weighing in once a week gives me a higher chance of seeing a happy loss in the weight. It's like giving myself a present every Monday morning. Smile I expect that I'll see a happy decrease in pounds after about two weeks of calorie counting.
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Posted: 20 Oct 2011, 22:40
HiddenHarbor wrote:
I am toying with switching to more of a South Beach type of diet, as I really miss fruit, and don't mind eating leaner foods.... have any of you had success switching low carb-style diets midstream like that?


I have been on Atkins for years. I only stayed on induction for 2 weeks then moved to OWL where you start to add in other foods. Have you looked into OWL as an option?

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Posted: 23 Oct 2011, 21:14
I'm a daily weigher too, still trying to figure out what a decent total/net carb number is that weight still comes off. Weighing daily lets me see where the issues lie, and gives me a better picture of where I need to be.

If you're using the scale for good, then weighing daily can be helpful. If you're find that the scale is using YOU for evil by making you crazy over a number, then STOP! Smile
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Posted: 23 Oct 2011, 22:39
i always say i am on a version of atkins but i dont deny myself anything i just have it in moderation.. for me denial leads to a binge. you just have to find your balance.

I weigh everyday and only record when im down to a new low. its the overall trend that counts so i dont let what the scale says bother me to much. as long as you are working out, drinking water, feeling good and you have a downward trend.. thats all that counts. weightloss should be a slow process since it was slow to go on it will be slow coming off to

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Posted: 24 Oct 2011, 00:12
I take weigh-in every morning after I wake up and did my business in the bathroom. Sometimes I take weigh-in at night to see how my meals have affected my weigh thru the day. But I do record my weigh-in every week.

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Posted: 24 Oct 2011, 06:58
My weight fluctuates on a daily basis. I know this and simply weigh to make sure that any lbs gained are lost (and more hopefully) within a day or so - it keeps me on my toes. What you need to remember is that when you weigh yourself, you're weighing all of you ie water, bones, organs etc not just fat. A small gain can be water or food still in your digestive system (the politest way of putting it). I remember complaining to a fitness instructor that i'd put on a lb since the day before and he said "that's a pee!". I thought, he's right and now bear that in mind.

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Posted: 24 Oct 2011, 08:42
i weight myself every morning too ... i have a 'talking scale' so it recognizes fractions, which i LOVE ... once or twice a week there is usually no change ... on those days i don't let it bother me too much ... as long as i KNOW i have not exceeded my daily calorie count of 1,000, then i know by the end of the week there will be a LOSS, there always is!!! i am like "Kiesha", aka 'KK89' >>> i deny myself very little, i try to make healthy choices 90% of the time, while practicing PORTION CONTROL 100% of the time ... for me, that is the ONLY thing that works ... since i started on 8.9.11 i've lost 37.6 lbs (thirty-seven point six) ... i have a long ways to go, but i know i will reach my goal!!!

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Posted: 24 Oct 2011, 09:02
If you weigh in everyday, you have to be able to see past the daily fluctations and focus on the trends. If you're going to obsess about what the scale says on any given day, I wouldn't go that route. The bottom line is that what shows up on the scale at any moment is heavily influenced by water retention, which can be caused by hormones, water intake, salt intake, stress, time of month and a number of other factors that you can't see or measure. Use the scale as a tool - if it motivates you, go with it, if it discourages you, then keep it to once a week.
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Posted: 24 Oct 2011, 09:15
It helps me because I feel I can trust the trend when it has many numbers. Thats the scientist in me talking. As å dieter it depends on how you handle the fluctuations. If you enter and forget its great if you are å morning weigher and it ruins your day its a really bad idea. Like everything else, you got to find what fits you!

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Posted: 24 Oct 2011, 09:21
I weigh and record every day - it has shown me that a heavy meal will show up on my weight the next day, but will "magically" disappear in a few days, if I eat too much bread I also weigh heavier for a few days. Weighing everyday and learning to understand my fluctuations has helped me not to panic over temporary increases.

I don't know if everyone is aware of this - but if you add your daily weight on your phone, it does not change your ticker weight - only if you add your weight using your computer does it register on your ticker. So I record all my fluctuations on my phone and any new weighs get entered on my computer.

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Posted: 24 Oct 2011, 09:35
Depends on your personality and how it affects you.
If it discourages you to show no weight loss or even weight gain, to the extent that it causes you to overindulge or go off track, then you probably shouldn't do it.
Personally, I find it motivating. When the scale shows a loss, yeah, I am on the right track and motivated to continue. If the scale shows a gain, it reinforces my efforts and reminds to stay on track. I average about 1 to 1.5 lbs. loss per week.
I think I have become OCD on weighing in - but I only record losses - unless I go a week without losing, then I record the gain or whatever. I used to weigh once a month - but there was no accountability in that. If I over-ate then it would not show up on the scale.

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Posted: 24 Oct 2011, 09:37
I weigh in every day on my body composition scales. But I don't let it "register" too much... I am doing it to see the trends and to monitor body fat %. The weigh in I focus on, is my weekly weigh in, on my wii. I have tried lots of different diets, WW, Slimming world, Atkins, low fat and lots of stupid diets like the cabbage diet. fruit diet... I always come back to calorie counting - when it comes down to it, they are ALL about calorie intake, whether they cut carbs or fat. I missed fruit and some veg while on Atkins and always felt it was not healthy eating that much meat and fat - and used to feel bloated and yummy doing it. Although I am on calorie counting, I DO try to increase protein and cut back on carbs (the bread, potato, rice, pasta type carb rather than carbs you get from fruit and veg) my aim is to have more, or at least the same protein % as carb%. It doesn't always work out - plus I don't eat processed food (ham is my one downfall on this) or fizzy pop - and try to drink loads of water.
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Posted: 24 Oct 2011, 10:24
I weigh at the same time every morning - as soon as possible after my feet hit the floor. I know it discourages some people, but I have found that you learn a lot about yourself and the way your body works. You learn to expect fluctuations - up and down - and I think you actually get to the point where you can reasonably predict plateaus and breakthroughs - if you are reasonably consistent in your eating plan. A lot of experts recommend against it, but it's more from a psychological perspective than anything else. My philosophy is simple: if you are consistent about recording everything you eat everyday, then you will learn more by weighing everyday. Not everyone is as analytical as me, so if you don't want any bad news, then you need to only weigh when you know you've lost weight. That way, your chart will always look great. IMHO Smile
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Posted: 24 Oct 2011, 10:43
I am toying with switching to more of a South Beach type of diet, as I really miss fruit, and don't mind eating leaner foods.... have any of you had success switching low carb-style diets midstream like that?

The South Beach Diet works great for some folks, and with FS would probably work ok. I did SB a few years ago and found that I was always wondering about portion control as they are not as specific about how much to eat so I was not very successful. It also depends upon your tolerance for sugars in your diet; SB will have more sugars due to the lower fat foods, so if you are very sugar sensitive it may trigger cravings. Best wishes on whatever you choose!

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