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Daily weigh-ins? Yes! What are your thoughts?

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  • raleighgirl09raleighgirl09 Posts: 148Member, Premium Member Posts: 148Member, Premium Member
    I weigh daily, but only update my stats Sunday morning

    Me too - weigh daily right now as it is a tool in my complete tool belt of things that help me focus. But I am sporadic on adding it to MFP stats.

    When I achieved the big loss years ago, I got to the point that I stopped weighing and used my cloths as the judge and I did that for a long time. The drawback was, when I stopped maintaining and started gaining again, not weighing made it very easy to turn a blind eye to what was happening on the clothes end.
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 1,360Member Member Posts: 1,360Member Member
    Yes! Daily weigh ins help me stay motivated. I don’t obsess over it; however, I was at my goal weight three years ago and stopped weighing even weekly and was going that my clothes fit...well! Surprise, I allowed unwanted pounds creep up on me.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Posts: 11,878Member Member Posts: 11,878Member Member
    smaerose wrote: »
    If you are weighing more than once a day, that moves into obsession territory. Once a day, on a regular basis, similar circumstances each time, that is scientific measurement. If weighing every day makes you obsess, do not do it. If it helps you focus, it is a great idea.

    Even then, the reasons (and attitude toward it) matter. I've sometimes weighed myself a second time in a day, for example, to make sure I'm hydrating properly during outdoor exercise when the weather is hot. It's still just useful data, not an obsession.
  • slijmbalslijmbal Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    Daily as weight is a 'noisy' number in that its daily variation can be quite large compared to its underlying movement. Weight can easily vary by a kg or 2 in a short period. I log the weight in a spreadsheet and graph it and add a trend of a 7 day moving average as I'm looking for a week on week trend. In my professional life I work in data analysis and it's a common technique to using moving averages for 'noisy' data to spot underlying trends but it's also important to measure such noisy data quite frequently.
  • babel95babel95 Posts: 41Member Member Posts: 41Member Member
    I enjoy weighing daily because if its up I get motivated to have a healthy day and if its down I get motivated to continue my healthy choices. If I go away for a weekend or sleep-in I don’t really worry about it!
  • SeeShelle3SeeShelle3 Posts: 22Member Member Posts: 22Member Member
    I've done alot of different strategies; weight in daily, weekly, every two weeks, monthly or not at all. I seem to stay on track with weighing myself everyday and don't feel as bummed when it doesn't go down every day. I think there is more expectation of loss when you wait a week or more and if there is isn't on that specific day - it breaks my healthy stride and I say "why bother".
  • Diatonic12Diatonic12 Posts: 2,574Member Member Posts: 2,574Member Member
    Absolutely. Face the music every day or your brain will begin to play tricks on you. You can enter into sharky waters quickly without any strong data points. I believe in letting the data points speak for themselves. They tell no lies without a hint of imaginary thinking that all is fine and well. I bought into 'the scales are not important' dieting dogma about 5 years ago. That was the biggest lie of all.

    That's only true for someone who's never ever had a problem with food in their entire lifetime. They need to be coached to eat because they forget about eating. For those who've struggled with obesity...the scales are important with the daily data point.
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 1,360Member Member Posts: 1,360Member Member
    Daily equals motivation for me. ❤️ Healthy Scale App!
  • LyndaBSSLyndaBSS Posts: 5,011Member, Premium Member Posts: 5,011Member, Premium Member
    I weigh daily and log it daily because it keeps me involved in the process. ☺
  • paperpuddingpaperpudding Posts: 5,054Member Member Posts: 5,054Member Member
    Diatonic12 wrote: »
    Absolutely. Face the music every day or your brain will begin to play tricks on you. You can enter into sharky waters quickly without any strong data points. I believe in letting the data points speak for themselves. They tell no lies without a hint of imaginary thinking that all is fine and well. I bought into 'the scales are not important' dieting dogma about 5 years ago. That was the biggest lie of all.

    That's only true for someone who's never ever had a problem with food in their entire lifetime. They need to be coached to eat because they forget about eating. For those who've struggled with obesity...the scales are important with the daily data point.

    Maybe for you.

    Many people, myself included do just fine on weekly weighing. Did that throughout and didn't enter any 'sharky waters'
  • floofyschmooferfloofyschmoofer Posts: 204Member Member Posts: 204Member Member
    I like it because I can confirm how certain favorite foods make me retain water and I think it's cool to find the balance.

    (I'm a sucker for anything in vinegar-- cucumbers, bell peppers, sweet onion,-- but I notice the morning after having some that all that salt definitely causes the scale to go up a pound or in the case of this morning, 3. It's cool to know that stuff about my body and it's responses 'cause then I don't beat myself up thinking I somehow gained three pounds of fat and can see the natural fluctuations human bodies do.)
  • HoneyBadger155HoneyBadger155 Posts: 1,232Member Member Posts: 1,232Member Member
    I'm a daily weigh-er, and now use a trending app, prior to that I'd record daily weights and take the weekly average. I found that FAR more useful than less frequent weigh ins, plus i can nearly always predict a high weigh in day now as I know the trends my body has.

    The trend app is good, but I may still track weekly averages again as I'm trying hard to go through a dedicated loss phase here again now, and the app doesn't quite give me the info I fully want, but still helps keep me honest.
    edited June 24
  • littlesallyracketlittlesallyracket Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
    I slimmed down a lot a few years ago and I used to weigh myself every day then but recently I realised it was pretty meaningless for me. Absolutely fine if it helps other people but all it did for me was make me stressed and give me a false impression of how I was doing, given that I can easily 'lose' or 'gain' 3lbs overnight depending on how much water I drank that day or whether my meals had a lot of salt in them. Also, when I got to a point where I was gaining muscle and then getting disheartened because I wasn't losing weight - even though I was losing fat, and inches.

    I now see a personal trainer and he has pretty much banned me from weighing myself at all. I get weighed and my body fat monitored once a month, and the goals I've set are for body fat percentage and bust/waist/hip measurements, rather than weight loss. If I went back to weighing myself I'd do it once a week at the absolute most.

    But everyone's different - whatever you find motivating and helpful is the right way for you.
  • AalpsAalps Posts: 19Member Member Posts: 19Member Member
    I weigh daily on a withings scale but only stand on it long enough to actually record and send the weight if it's gone down! That way I know what the reality is, but I don't get the negative feelings if I look at the stats in fitbit/MFP/Healthmate. Kind of a cheat but it works for me.
  • TerriRichardson112TerriRichardson112 Posts: 7,384Member Member Posts: 7,384Member Member
    I weigh daily as I like the extra data, and it keeps me on track. I use Happy Scale app to track trends.

    I used to stress over the scale, but weighing daily and tracking trends has removed that dread.
  • 7rainbow7rainbow Posts: 13Member Member Posts: 13Member Member
    Personally, I'm not for daily weigh ins, just because I find it can be discouraging when really you might have only gained water weight, plus it can lead to more obsessive habits. Also it makes it feel like the pounds are taking forever to shred off. It's more exciting and motivating to see that you lost a pound at the end of a week than seeing such a miniscule progression. If you are doing daily weigh ins, do them in the morning before you eat or do anything so it is the most accurate. That's just my opinion though! Enjoy your journey of becoming healthy, not just the number!
  • GoalDigger11GoalDigger11 Posts: 34Member Member Posts: 34Member Member
    Daily weigh-ins into Happy Scale. It's super cool watching the patterns develop, especially around my TOM. Good way to get a heads up on when my period's gonna happen, too.
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 1,360Member Member Posts: 1,360Member Member
    Happy scale app win win for me! Daily!
  • RubyRed427RubyRed427 Posts: 2,238Member Member Posts: 2,238Member Member
    I weigh daily - it’s keeps me more on track - when I go up , I know to be careful.
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 1,360Member Member Posts: 1,360Member Member
    Yes! It really helps me stay on track!
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