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How often to weigh in maintenance

Jubee13Jubee13 Posts: 120Member Member Posts: 120Member Member
I have always weighed once a week. I did try to weigh every day and look at the trend, but the fluctuations really messed with my mind. I on,y did it for about a week. However, I was considering “forcing myself” to weigh every day for the month of September just to see if that would take away the effect that number has on me. What are thought and options on weighing every day? Does the panic of seeing the scale go up (from normal fluctuations) ever go away?
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  • rheddmobilerheddmobile Posts: 4,415Member Member Posts: 4,415Member Member
    I find it helps me to take note of the causes of fluctuations. If I’m down after running in the heat, if I’m up after eating sodium filled food, if I’m up because I didn’t get good sleep - I know now what I should expect, and if the scale is climbing for no obvious reason I can be fairly confident it’s a fat gain and not a temporary fluctuation. Then I can jump right on it and start paying attention to what I’m doing wrong - usually it’s something such as taking exercise estimates at face value, or not weighing calorie dense foods.

    There’s no need to panic, in any case. You lost weight once and you have the tools to do it again if you start regaining.
  • Jubee13Jubee13 Posts: 120Member Member Posts: 120Member Member
    I guess I shouldn’t have said “panic”, but I do feel my reaction to the scale going up - even when I know it’s just a normal fluctuation - isn’t reasonable. It’s more of a worry that I’m eating too much than a “panic”. I would like to see the scale just as data, but I feel that number holds too much meaning for me, and I thought maybe weighing daily would lesson the importance of the number.
  • SummerSkierSummerSkier Posts: 846Member, Premium Member Posts: 846Member, Premium Member
    I am sort of the same way. So I just don't weigh every day. I do log and keep track of cals. I will weigh maybe once a week or at a min once a month to make sure I am not kidding myself but as long as I stay in range I don't feel the need to weigh every day. It's one of the perks of maintenance for me that I don't have to have my day influenced by some random #. I started that this year and so far it seems to be working for me. I don't really need the daily data and it's once less thing to clutter my mind with.
  • whmscllwhmscll Posts: 2,124Member Member Posts: 2,124Member Member
    I just started maintenance and am weighing every day until I am certain what my maintenance calories are.
  • amusedmonkeyamusedmonkey Posts: 9,590Member Member Posts: 9,590Member Member
    I'm weighing every day because I'm used to weighing every day. I've done it for the better part of 7 years, so I don't see why I would stop now. Fluctuations don't bother me at all and the act of weighing primes me for a day where I'm more aware of the actions that affect my weight. The only time I was bothered by water weight was when I had long stretches of water retention which messed with my trend. I don't like when data is inaccurate and not much I can do about it.

    Try forcing yourself for a couple of weeks and see if it makes it easier for you. If it doesn't, there is no harm in continuing to do it weekly or even monthly. See how it goes and find your best fit.
  • psychod787psychod787 Posts: 2,294Member, Premium Member Posts: 2,294Member, Premium Member
    Every day for me, but I am a data junkie.
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Posts: 2,736Member Member Posts: 2,736Member Member
    Some times everyday (out of routine because the scale is right there looking at me), others few times a week, and never on vacation. Maintaining for 9 years so I have a pretty good idea of what and how much to eat, and how my body responds to changes. At my age water fluctuations are minimal, except when traveling.

    I don't take measurements too often either, maybe once or twice a year at the most. I trust my feelings, and my clothing.
  • cmriversidecmriverside Posts: 28,512Member Member Posts: 28,512Member Member
    Jubee13 wrote: »
    I guess I shouldn’t have said “panic”, but I do feel my reaction to the scale going up - even when I know it’s just a normal fluctuation - isn’t reasonable. It’s more of a worry that I’m eating too much than a “panic”. I would like to see the scale just as data, but I feel that number holds too much meaning for me, and I thought maybe weighing daily would lesson the importance of the number.

    Well - the easiest ways to know if you're eating too much is to either keep a food log or to weigh yourself. I find doing both is the best because then I KNOW if I've eaten too much, and I know it before it causes a change in my weight.

    I like to weigh every day. I don't do it, but I like it the best. I do log my food, though. I've been logging food long enough to be able to fairly accurately guess my weight on any given day, so there is that. :flowerforyou:
    edited August 31
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Posts: 2,736Member Member Posts: 2,736Member Member
    amckholmes wrote: »
    I weigh every day now that I have reached maintenance, and I use Happy Scale. I do find that seeing the trend line helps me feel confident and I am reaching the point where I am more comfortable with days that my weight is up a bit, because I can see my history and know that’s just what my body does. Maintenance seems to be all about figuring out what works for you, not just in regard to your weight, but also your mental wellness. :)[/quote]

    You nail it!!!
  • PrincessMelodyjPrincessMelodyj Posts: 10Member Member Posts: 10Member Member
    I still weigh once a week, same as when I was losing. I think if I weighed every day I would drive myself crazy about it lol
  • nxd10nxd10 Posts: 4,495Member, Premium Member Posts: 4,495Member, Premium Member
    I weigh every morning after I brush my teeth. It's going to fluctuate - I know that. I look at new lows and new highs. If I weighed once a week I'd start fretting about variations. Now, I expect them.
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Posts: 36,679Member Member Posts: 36,679Member Member
    Jubee13 wrote: »
    I guess I shouldn’t have said “panic”, but I do feel my reaction to the scale going up - even when I know it’s just a normal fluctuation - isn’t reasonable. It’s more of a worry that I’m eating too much than a “panic”. I would like to see the scale just as data, but I feel that number holds too much meaning for me, and I thought maybe weighing daily would lesson the importance of the number.

    Do the math. If the scale jumps up a couple pounds overnight, the math will tell you that it's not fat. I'm pretty sure you'll know it if you eat 3500 calories over maintenance.
    edited September 3
  • LivingtheLeanDreamLivingtheLeanDream Posts: 12,160Member Member Posts: 12,160Member Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »

    One thing for sure: Whatever number shows up on the scale, it's only telling you a simple fact about the relationship between your body and gravity. It's telling you nothing about your worth as a human being!

    Quote of the day!! Love it :-)

  • sgt1372sgt1372 Posts: 3,176Member Member Posts: 3,176Member Member
    Normally once a day when I get up and use the bathroon but, since I started IF, I've been weighing myself at various times b4 I start eating again; ususlly after my daily 5k row and just b4 I start eating again.

    Started doing that out of curiosity but started to do it regularly because I have found that I can lose an additional 1-2# between the time I get up (usually around 7) and when I start eating again (usually around 1). And, I chg my wt to the lowest # b4 I go off the fast, which I think is the most accurate way to gauge the effect of IF on my wt.
    edited September 3
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