Should you weigh yourself everyday?

Hey everyone! I'm really struggling to eat properly but not be hungry at the same time. I'm becoming borderline obsessed with what the scale says. Currently, I'm taking Phentermine in order to give me a jump start on my weight loss. Honestly I need help in what to eat and things like that. I do attend fitness kickboxing 2-3 times a week. Now, to the question, should I weight myself everyday and keep track of exactly what my weight is? Do you weigh yourselves everyday?
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  • Bee_Le
    Bee_Le Posts: 48 Member
    I weight myself daily, but I don't beat myself up when the numbers don't go down(sometimes its spikes up) after eating well + exercising. I average them out weekly on Monday. As long as it's trending downwards or maintaining, I'm happy, lol.
  • RoxieDawn
    RoxieDawn Posts: 15,491 Member
    edited October 2016
    I weight every morning (same conditions).. this is not to punish my self or be OCD or allow the scale to dictate sucess or failure... I use the scale simply as a tool. It helps me keep a weight trend going through weight loss and maintenance. Daily fluctuations are gonna show them selves on the scale in one form or another and being female that adds to the mix..
  • Philtex
    Philtex Posts: 763 Member
    I like having daily data points. I compare each day's reading to the prior day and to the same day of the prior week. It works for me, but I don't let any single day swing bother me.

    You said you are taking Phentermine. I'm not a fan of pills to assist weight loss, but that is another thread.
  • Briantime
    Briantime Posts: 172 Member
    It depends a lot on how you are motivated and your approach to goal setting. I just started weighing myself once a week as opposed to daily. For me, it's better as I would become very de-motivated on those inevitable days when I would gain weight from day to day. When I stepped on the scale this morning and showed a loss of 3.2 pounds since last Monday, it made me very happy inside :-)
  • kommodevaran
    kommodevaran Posts: 17,890 Member
    I think you should weigh yourself as often as is right for you. I weigh myself every day.

    I think it may be more important that you understand that kickstarting is not a good thing when it comes to weight loss. In fact, it's what leads to binges. Phentermine reduces your appetite, but you shouldn't need to reduce your appetite, because eating properly includes not undereating. How many calories are you eating? Are you getting in appropriate amounts of fat, protein, fiber? Fruit and vegs? Are you eating meals you like, and are they balanced and varied? Do you get enough sleep? All this will impact your hunger and satiety. When this is taken care of, you will physically be fine, and if there still is some feeling of hunger, you just have to suck it up.
  • genpopadopolous
    genpopadopolous Posts: 411 Member
    I like to for the data.

    I have an app that shows me the trend and does the math to make sure that my deficit is where it should be.

    The number isn't a big deal to me, though. I care more about my measurements, my improvements in my fitness, things like that. I only set my goal in 5 pound increments because I'm not sure where I want to end up, I want feeling healthy, fit, and proud to be the end goal, not a number.

    My friend weighs every 10 days because she gets obsessed about the fluctuations and ends up restricting too much. It doesn't work for her.
  • romancefan1983
    romancefan1983 Posts: 88 Member
    Ditto previous comments.

    I used to weigh myself everyday but I became too obsessed with the number. Now I weigh myself once a week in the morning of one of my rest days. It's allowed me to focus more on the journey. But everyone is different so do what you feel is the best for you.
  • GauchoMark
    GauchoMark Posts: 1,804 Member
    Having daily weight data is super helpful since body weight measurement is a noisy measurement. HOWEVER, if you are "obsessed" with the number on the scale, I would think you are setting yourself up for failure. I'd probably suggest once a month, if that, since you are worried about it.

    On a side note, why do you care about a number? It is truly meaningless. I'd rather weigh more, have plenty of muscle mass and look good, than to target a number where I may not look good or be healthy. Weight is a great example of a meaningless metric.
  • VioletRojo
    VioletRojo Posts: 594 Member
    It's a personal preference. I prefer to weigh every day and track that weight so that I can see trends over time. Other people are bothered by seeing the daily fluctuations. Do what works for you.
  • AnvilHead
    AnvilHead Posts: 18,360 Member
    As others have said, it depends on whether or not you can handle the fact that weight loss is not a linear process and that it's perfectly normal to fluctuate by as much as a few pounds from day to day. Some people freak out and can't handle seeing even a tenth of a pound uptick, so for those types it's better to weigh weekly (or even less often).

    I weigh daily under the same conditions (immediately upon getting out of bed, naked, after going to bathroom and before eating/drinking anything). My wi-fi scale posts the reading to my Trendweight account, which graphs a long term trend analysis. I find numbers/data interesting, so I like the daily weigh-ins. If I have an upward swing, it's interesting to try to correlate it with what's going on in my life (high sodium intake for a day, change in my workout routine, the occasional pig-out day, etc.).
  • Dove0804
    Dove0804 Posts: 213 Member
    As everyone else has said, you just have to do what's right for you.

    If you do weigh yourself daily, make sure it's under the same conditions every day (same time, after going to the bathroom, naked, etc.) like others have stated, and try to use a tracker to see overall trends.

    I currently weigh myself every day, but am considering switching to once a week since my weight loss is starting to slow down (as I expected- weight loss is not linear). When I get closer to my goal weight and a healthy weight range, I plan on only weighing myself once per month. Normal fluctuations can really throw you for a loop, and mess with your head.
  • JessicaB523
    JessicaB523 Posts: 70 Member
    Depends on the person. I'm an every day person because I like data and trend lines. I have a friend who never gets on a scale and uses other means of tracking progress.
  • bunnyluv19
    bunnyluv19 Posts: 103 Member
    yes,I use happy scale& my rate of loss has helped me figure out my TDEE for maintenance :smile:
  • JasmijnRF
    JasmijnRF Posts: 181 Member
    I weigh myself once a week
  • Bearbo27
    Bearbo27 Posts: 339 Member
    edited October 2016
    I weigh daily on my Fitbit Aria scale and it syncs directly to Fitbit and also to this app. I love how the numbers fluctuate and I like to see the fluctuations to know where I am at in my monthly cycle, etc. It also helps me understand which foods will bump up my numbers with water weight so I know to steer clear of them. For example...popcorn. A while back I ate some popcorn. It was within my calorie goal for the day and I didn't think much of it. The next day I was up almost 4 pounds, lol. Of course after about 3-4 days that weight dropped off, plus an additional pound or so. I know now that I should avoid popcorn if I don't want the scale to jump up.

    I was also able to tell when I was ovulating based on the unexplained water weight about two weeks ago (I gained weight and bloat up during ovulation). I am very careful with my sodium and carb intake, so to see the scale jump up and hold for a day or two, I knew it had to be my cycle. Sure enough, It dropped off after a few days and I lost an additional pound or so.

    You have to do what works best for you. If you freak out and obsess over any little increase in your numbers, maybe daily isn't good for you. If you can take those numbers and use them like a piece of data, weigh daily and watch for the overall downward trend :)
  • Aaron_K123
    Aaron_K123 Posts: 7,121 Member
    edited October 2016
    I weigh myself every morning, put the number into the Garmin app. I don't track my foods or calories at this point, so the number on the sale is useful to spot trends and act on them before they get out of hand. It only takes a moment. Plus, looking at the trend can be motivating.

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    Ditto, weigh myself daily...take a moving average to smooth the random fluctuations (but represent them in error bars) and monitor the overall trend to see if things need adjustment. Sometimes when things go off-trend I know why, like a recent bump off my trendline was because I had a week at work where I was too busy and my activity level dropped considerably so my weight dropped lower than expected. After that I resumed activity and actually added and changed up my rountine which caused my weight to go back up and then stay up in a "plateau" which is also to be expected.

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    But if I wasn't tracking regularly I wouldn't know that I am losing weight overall at a steady 1.2 pounds per week....to me its data that is useful. With a trend like this I can say that by November 10th I will be 163 pounds (+/- 2 pounds for any given day) and if I am above that and don't know why then I might need to adjust my calories or activity or adjust my goal. That said I don't have that emotional connection to my scale weight it so its hard to know what that is like.
  • USMGRAD2014
    USMGRAD2014 Posts: 8 Member
    Philtex wrote: »
    I like having daily data points. I compare each day's reading to the prior day and to the same day of the prior week. It works for me, but I don't let any single day swing bother me.

    You said you are taking Phentermine. I'm not a fan of pills to assist weight loss, but that is another thread.
    Let me add that I had been going to kickboxing, and trying to eat better and wasn't losing any weight. It was very disappointing. I have no thyroid problems or anything so as a last ditch effort, my dr put me on it just as a jump start with weight loss. If this doesn't work, the next option will be weight loss surgery and that's the LAST thing I want.