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Best time for an accurate weigh?

Mrsindepenant1Mrsindepenant1 Posts: 133Member, Premium Member Posts: 133Member, Premium Member
When do you weigh yourself? I weighed myself in the morning yesterday and was 2kg down. Weighed myself again today at lunch and was 1kg up. I’m eating a lot less and doing well or so I thought. When’s the best time to weigh in? And will different times of the day affect the reading? Scales are accurate. I don’t weigh myself every day, usually weekly, but did this once and it’s annoying to see the scales change for the negative

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  • witchaywoman81witchaywoman81 Posts: 162Member, Premium Member Posts: 162Member, Premium Member
    I weigh myself daily, first thing in the morning, after using the bathroom. I’ve gained a pound one day and lost it the next. Fluctuations are normal. It doesn’t really matter when you weigh yourself, as long as it’s at a consistent time (and day if you’re doing it weekly).
  • SeffellSeffell Posts: 2,159Member Member Posts: 2,159Member Member
    Your weight fluctuates throughout the day because you eat and drink stuff. There is no "accurate weight". Your weight is what your scale shows at any given time.
  • mywayrochemywayroche Posts: 218Member Member Posts: 218Member Member
    As others have said, first thing in the morning after any excretions you need to make
  • sijomialsijomial Posts: 13,620Member Member Posts: 13,620Member Member
    ANY time of day is accurate, your scales just tell you your weight at that particular time which is made up of a lot of aspects not just the relatively slow changes in fat.

    But accurate isn't the same as consistent which is what you want to enable you to track your weight trend over time.
  • JBanx256JBanx256 Posts: 120Member Member Posts: 120Member Member
    I weigh myself when I roll out of bed (I can't really say "first thing in the morning" since I'm currently on night shift so won't get up till afternoon), use the restroom, and nekkid. That way I'm always comparing apples to apples - if you've been up all day eating/drinking and are wearing clothes, obviously your weight is going to be significantly higher.
  • Mrsindepenant1Mrsindepenant1 Posts: 133Member, Premium Member Posts: 133Member, Premium Member
    Thanks everyone. Obviously I know food will put on weight but a 1kg increase after consuming much less than a kg of liquid didn’t really add up for me. I jumped on again first thing this morning and I’m down even more so I’m pretty happy. I’ll just stick to morning weigh ins.
  • simpsonsfantoosimpsonsfantoo Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
    Thanks everyone. Obviously I know food will put on weight but a 1kg increase after consuming much less than a kg of liquid didn’t really add up for me. I jumped on again first thing this morning and I’m down even more so I’m pretty happy. I’ll just stick to morning weigh ins.

    Our weight fluctuates for other reasons besides what we eat & drink. The sodium or carb content of our meals, hormones, & exercise, to name a few (because these cause us to retain water in varying degrees). Changes throughout the day or even day-to-day are meaningless... it's only the long-term trend that matters.
    edited January 12
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Posts: 8,894Member Member Posts: 8,894Member Member
    Think of it this way: Weight has a current range (not a single number), and a long-term trend (up, down, level).

    Through a day to a week or few, the scale cycles though the current range, up and down a few pound or kg.

    Over weeks to months, the range trends down (weight loss), up (gain), or holds steady (maintenance).

    For example, for a few months now, my daily weight can be anywhere from 134-point-something pounds to 138-point-something pounds (and occasionally, with odd circumstances, a bit above or below): It's maintenance.

    Pick a time to weigh. (Like others, I recommend on waking, birthday suit, after toilet, before eating/drinking.) Do this for 4-6 weeks. Pay attention to the long-term trend, not the daily fluctuations. The fluctuations are irrelevant, just how a healthy body functions.

    If it helps, use a weight trending app: Libra for Android, Happy Scale for iOS, Trendweight, Weightgrapher, others. But don't expect it to give you insight instantly, either: 4-6 weeks, really. After that, the apps can help with insights
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