I don't think its a good idea to weigh yourself multiple times a day

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jtung

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Posted: 24 Jun 2014, 21:56
I'm new to the community here, and ironically, im not here for fat loss, but for weight gain. I've seen a lot of the people here weighing themselves multiple times a day; in the morning, before dinner, before bed.
As a bodybuilder, i only weigh myself in the morning, naked, empty stomach, after going to the bathroom. I do this because it eliminates the potential of food weight, minimizes water weight fluctuation, and sets a controlled condition that you can use to measure your progress. If you weigh throughout the day, then your weight will go up and down by half a pound or so depending on what you've eaten in the day and how much exercise is done, or how many hours youve been awake. Those half pound, one pound fluctuations dont transfer over to long term weight loss or gain, its how much food you've got in your stomach.
Yet i see a lot of members logging in a gain of 0.4 pounds and they become discouraged, asking "what am i doing wrong? I'm sticking to the diet and i just finished a walk in the morning!" Maybe you had a big lunch and that food is still sitting in your stomach, and causing the number on the scale to be undesirable. But if you weigh in the morning, thats as accurate you can get without all the confounding variables.
mummydee

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Posted: 25 Jun 2014, 05:53
Completely agree jtung....

But why should you weigh yourself first thing in the morning?
Because: 1 This is when we are at our lightest. During the night we may have exhaled around a pound in moisture in our breath, and we probably won’t have eaten anything for up to 12 hours. After we’ve urinated or been to the toilet then we will be even lighter.

2 This is when our weight will be least prone to natural variations that occur through the day as we typically won’t have eaten or drank anything for several hours.

3 It is a consistent time to weigh yourself. By weighing yourself first thing in the morning, at the same time, at the same cycle of your daily routine, means that you will be comparing like with like when you look at your results.

4 It is a convenient time to weigh yourself. You should be naked when you get on the scales so by getting on the scales soon after you’ve got up you will have the minimum of undressing and inconvenience.
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Glaun

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Posted: 25 Jun 2014, 10:04
jtung is correct.
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jtung

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Posted: 25 Jun 2014, 21:25
Thanks for the confirmation guys. I just hope the community takes up this piece of advice. I dont want to see people disappointed about their hard work because they're comparing their weight last morning to today after dinner.
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Posted: 25 Jun 2014, 21:39
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mummydee

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Posted: 26 Jun 2014, 05:54
I am fascinated by the scales ! and look at them as a positive learning experience instead of something to be discouraged about.

When I weigh myself during the day, I note what I've eaten that has made me put on those lbs, then if they're gone the next a.m, no worries.

I have a problem with grains and if I eat them, I gain and the lbs can stay but if I eat tons of veggies and good foods and I gain in one day, it's gone the next morning. So I learn what hinders me and what gets used.

Don't look at them as the enemy rather use them as a tool to learn how your body reacts to what foods you consume.

and if you still are discouraged, then stop. Use your clothes as a guide to how you're doing.
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MV10

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Posted: 26 Jun 2014, 09:21
On Atkins the recommendation is to weigh yourself once daily, but to pay attention to the average weight over time rather than individual peaks (or valleys). I started another thread about this, then decided to do something about it by putting together a site that will graph a 7-day moving average of your FatSecret weight data.

It isn't open to public use yet, I'll post updates in the thread linked below. I mention it here because this morning I posted a sneak-peek, and this rather dramatically illustrates how the average gives you a better idea of progress than obsessing about "bad number" days:

http://www.fatsecret.com/Community.aspx?pa=fp&m=439111&#439111
Glaun

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Posted: 26 Jun 2014, 10:23
This works for me and keeps better track of weight without the disappointment of a 1/4 pound weight gain at the third weigh in of the day.

I weigh myself as often as I want, daily, multi daily etc, but only record my weight in Fat Secret once every two or so weeks.

Now I can have my compulsive, obsessive desire to get on the scale, coupled with a true weight history and a look at how I am really doing.
The Perfect Speed
"any number is a limit, and perfection doesn't have limits.
Perfect speed, my son, is being there.”
Chiang from "Jonathan Livingston
Before and After Photos:
https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=1BF079501E8576A9!951&authkey=!AMty30lKRxccR-4&ithint=folder%2cjpg
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 26 Jun 2014, 17:27
I jump on the scale most mornings, log weight every now and then I try for at least once a week, not always the same day but try for a sat.

I've looked at this as a long term journey with a goal of at least 50 pounds. Little ups and downs do not matter.

Set my goal for 55 pounds lost, almost there. I don't know for sure where I will land, I feel good but not yet in good shape, working on it--one goal is to be able to wear a bikini and have good abs and a less flabby body by my 66th birthday next July.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

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Posted: 26 Jun 2014, 17:33
Ditto most folks here. I do weigh every morning and log it in a separate worksheet with some additional info I keep. I don't log it here since the daily ups and downs and the accompanying red/green arrows would make me batty.
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