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How often do you log your weight/weigh yourself?

Prater1994Prater1994 Member Posts: 2 Member Member Posts: 2 Member
Also, for women, when on your menstrual, do you normally wait until after to weigh, and do you allow yourself extra calories during?
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  • XxFunctionalStrengthxXXxFunctionalStrengthxX Member, Premium Posts: 2,286 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,286 Member
    I weigh myself almost daily. Some will disagree with doing this, as they will claim it's not healthy. But, for me, it works.

    I have a Garmin Index scale, and I weigh myself in the morning right after I get out of the shower. No clothes, feet are still damp so it's relatively consistent in terms of electrical reading for BF, etc. instead of later in the day with dry skin on feet. Also, I haven't eaten and won't drank much of anything so it's an empty stomach and usually already gone to the bathroom a time or two and most morning it's also post workout.

    The key to weighing oneself daily is that you can't take the small weight fluctuations you see from day to day seriously. A small person will have very small fluctuations, while a larger person more so (some days I've seen +/- 1lb). This can be due to water consumption, bowel movements, menstrual cycle, etc. Heck, I notice a slight variance when I change my food such as chicken instead of fish due to density and how the body breaks it down.

    I use the daily for tracking the small things as I mentioned above. It's the trending direction that is the important part. If your weight is trending the direction you want over the course of a week, then keep doing it. If not, you can look back and pinpoint more closely where things went well or not so and compare it to your nutrition/exercise log.

    Again, it's not for everyone to weigh oneself daily. But, I've had the most success when I do so. It actually does better to keep myself honest and accountable. I've found that if I go a few days without weighing myself, my diet slips and I tend to think "Ahh, another day won't hurt me" and it's when I find myself eating crap.
  • LietchiLietchi Member Posts: 1,158 Member Member Posts: 1,158 Member
    I weigh daily and enter the weight in my Garmin app and an Excel spreadsheet. Doesn't matter if I have my period, it all contributes to the trend. I've noticed that I don't always retain water in the same way.

    I might eat a bit more on a few days of my period, if my body gives me strong signals, but no more than maintenance.
  • threewinsthreewins Member Posts: 625 Member Member Posts: 625 Member
    Daily, I take a photo of my scales and transfer to my spreadsheet when I am in the mood (daily-once a month).
  • Noreenmarie1234Noreenmarie1234 Member Posts: 5,528 Member Member Posts: 5,528 Member
    Since I am maintaining, just once a month.
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Member Posts: 5,662 Member Member Posts: 5,662 Member
    I weigh most days, but log the weight only on Mondays. My weight actually tends to be highest the week before my period, and I log it regardless, since I want to understand fluctuations. (I'm at maintenance now, other than working on losing some covid lbs, but I did that when losing too.)
    edited August 26
  • bmeadows380bmeadows380 Member Posts: 2,798 Member Member Posts: 2,798 Member
    Once daily for the trend, first thing in the morning before breakfast. I've seen the claim that you shouldn't do it more than weekly and for people who would have trouble with it, I'm fine with that, but weighing daily is actually more calming for me mentally because I can see the fluctuations and understand its trending in the right direction.

    I only record once a week here at MFP, and that can be an exercise in frustration because I can have a 2 lb drop all week until the morning that I usually record, and suddenly have a 2 lb spike in water weight gain. If I had only been weighing once a week, it would look like I hadn't lost anything at all, but because I'd been watching my weight trend down all week, seeing that 2 lb jump tells me its water weight, and while I might be rather frustrated about it, I don't get truly upset like I would if I had thought I hadn't lost anything at all in a week's time.

    I actually picked Thursdays as my weigh in day based upon watching my weekly trend - my weight tends to spike on Sundays and Mondays, then usually drops throughout hte week with my lowest weekly weigh in usually on Thursdays and Fridays (baring water weight spikes like last week....)
  • MaltedTeaMaltedTea Member, Premium Posts: 2,627 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,627 Member
    Daily, in the morning after prayers. Where I'm at in my cycle has no bearing on whether I'll weigh. On the 1st and 15th, I take progress pics, log body fat percentage and measurements.

    My cycle also doesn't dictate my nutrition, at least not in terms of caloric intake. For a while I was playing with the idea of eating certain foods during different points in my cycle but, my word, it was all too much to remember! Furthermore, I didn't notice anything life altering. I may give the concept another go once I'm in maintenance, just for giggles.
  • BahstenB10BahstenB10 Member Posts: 213 Member Member Posts: 213 Member
    I bought a scale that automatically uploads my weight to my fitbit app and myfitnesspal so every morning I step on that bad boy.
    edited August 26
  • Iwantahealthierme30Iwantahealthierme30 Member Posts: 293 Member Member Posts: 293 Member
    I weigh once a week. Daily gets frustrating.
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Member Posts: 23,819 Member Member Posts: 23,819 Member
    I weigh every morning and log my weight in a weight trending app, including the week of my period and when I'm ovulating (I typically weigh more during this time too).

    I pay attention to the trend, not the daily weight.

    Unless someone is being distressed or stressed out by daily fluctuations, I don't think there is anything wrong with wanting more data and weighing daily. The trick is just making sure you understand the information for what it is -- just one day. Like others have mentioned, I find capturing the daily weight to actually be less stressful. If I only weighed once a week, it would be harder for me to tell what was "noise" and what was meaningful.
  • BuiltLikeAPeepBuiltLikeAPeep Member Posts: 126 Member Member Posts: 126 Member
    I weigh every morning after my bathroom routine and log it in Libra for Android. It helps me see true weight loss as opposed to fluid fluctuations. I only weigh in on MFP on Sundays, though.
  • J72FITJ72FIT Member Posts: 5,545 Member Member Posts: 5,545 Member
    Every morning after the bathroom...
  • freda78freda78 Member Posts: 172 Member Member Posts: 172 Member
    I weigh myself every day, after using the loo and before eating or drinking. I write the result on my calendar regardless of the result but I only log the result on MFP when I see a drop.

  • freda78freda78 Member Posts: 172 Member Member Posts: 172 Member
    threewins wrote: »
    Daily, I take a photo of my scales and transfer to my spreadsheet when I am in the mood (daily-once a month).

    Taking a photo is a good idea and I am going to steal that.
  • XxFunctionalStrengthxXXxFunctionalStrengthxX Member, Premium Posts: 2,286 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,286 Member
    freda78 wrote: »
    threewins wrote: »
    Daily, I take a photo of my scales and transfer to my spreadsheet when I am in the mood (daily-once a month).

    Taking a photo is a good idea and I am going to steal that.

    When I was in a weight loss challenge a couple of years ago, I weighed daily on my Garmin. But, the official weigh-in scale was a bar scale at work that I did weekly. I would weigh myself then take a picture of the bar for tracking purposes. Though, for the challenge, we only had to weigh ourselves at the beginning and end of the challenge. I was working with a nutritionist who would see the results weekly.
  • NovusDiesNovusDies Member, Premium Posts: 8,320 Member Member, Premium Posts: 8,320 Member
    I have weighed myself sporadically, monthly, weekly, and now daily. As my relationship with and my understanding of the scale improved I was able to weigh more frequently. It also helps that I now feel that my actual numbered weight is the least rewarding and motivating aspect of weight loss. I do enjoy a good milestone. I am on the cusp of one right now but otherwise NSVs are far more significant. I didn't lose weight to see a new number on the scale. I lost weight to improve my life. Others that have had far less to lose may feel differently.

    If weighing yourself during certain times of the month is bothersome then don't do it. You are in charge of managing yourself through this process. Do what is right for you. There is no universal right for everyone.

  • GaryRunsGaryRuns Member, Premium Posts: 379 Member Member, Premium Posts: 379 Member
    Every day as close to the same time as possible. I use a Withings scale which https://trendweight.com/ will synchronize with and uses to generate a running average of my weight, along with other useful estimates like how many calories above/below maintenance I am.
  • supercpa999supercpa999 Member, Premium Posts: 147 Member Member, Premium Posts: 147 Member
    I weigh in once a month
  • glassyoglassyo Member Posts: 4,736 Member Member Posts: 4,736 Member
    Every Saturday after excercise and shower all nekkid like.

    (Ok, I kinda got into the habit of doing a pre-weigh in before exercise and shower and only half nekkid like.)

    I keep track of the weekly weight and then average out at the end of the month and log it then.
  • gcmintongcminton Member, Premium Posts: 156 Member Member, Premium Posts: 156 Member
    Daily.

    I like having more data to plot a trend line, and it helps me worry less about the fluctuations. I know they're normal, so seeing it daily reinforces that.
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