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Is it a good idea to weigh yourself every day?

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  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Member Posts: 24,042 Member Member Posts: 24,042 Member
    Mellouk89 wrote: »
    I weigh myself everyday cause I don't count calories, I use the scale, the mirror and body measurements to track my progress. It works well.

    Calorie counting isn't for tracking your progress. It's for measuring whether you're consuming an appropriate amount of food.

    That's like saying

    I balance my checkbook everyday cause I don't budget my money, I use balancing the checkbook and looking at the stuff I've bought to track my progress.
    To be fair I know people who do this. Just buy stuff and check their bank account online when they feel like it’s getting low. It’s not optimal.

    As someone who spent my twenties doing just this, I can confirm. It's certainly a POSSIBLE approach to controlling spending, but it's a very stressful and chaotic one.
  • ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 43,281 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 43,281 Member
    ninerbuff wrote: »
    I weigh everyday because of the data. It's kinda like taxes. You KNOW you're going to pay them out of every paycheck. I'd like to know every time money is being taken out of my paycheck. When it pertains to the scale, the flucuations help me to figure out where I may have retained weight. Was it the pizza? Or lack of sleep? More data is good.
    Now if one CANNOT mentally handle the weight fluctuation, then maybe once a week works for them. But IMO, if one can't deal with the fluctuations, what happens if in a week they weigh 2lbs more instead of a few ounces a day and readjust to it if the trend keeps going up?

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    Daily fluctuations aren't generally about calories. They're about water weight and food/waste weight. I would view someone who tried to make daily calorie adjustments based on daily weigh-ins showing 'a few ounces a day's as not handling fluctuations well.
    I agree. There are so many variables to daily fluctuations such as mineral intake, stress, rest, etc. that can cause water to be held or lost.


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  • ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 43,281 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 43,281 Member
    The most important weight..........................is what your food scale is displaying.

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  • sal10851sal10851 Member Posts: 167 Member Member Posts: 167 Member
    Yes you should weigh yourself everyday and log it. After every week I find the median number and that gives you a better representation of your progress and maintenance. This avoids fluctuations which also include water weight and food that has not been digested.
  • lorrpblorrpb Member Posts: 11,316 Member Member Posts: 11,316 Member
    Weighing daily helps you learn and understand and track your normal daily fluctuations. If you weigh once a week, you don’t know whether it’s an up, down, or average day on the scale. The reading books advise to weigh weekly is because some people tend to obsess over the fluctuations.
  • paperpuddingpaperpudding Member Posts: 6,120 Member Member Posts: 6,120 Member
    sal10851 wrote: »
    Yes you should weigh yourself everyday and log it. After every week I find the median number and that gives you a better representation of your progress and maintenance. This avoids fluctuations which also include water weight and food that has not been digested.

    No issue with you or anyone doing this if they wish to.

    or doing averages or spreadsheets or any of that.

    But it isnt a "You should' do thing - as in everyone should do it that way.

    If you want to do it - do

    if you, like me, are happy with weekly - do that.

    Whatever works for you.

  • paperpuddingpaperpudding Member Posts: 6,120 Member Member Posts: 6,120 Member
    lorrpb wrote: »
    Weighing daily helps you learn and understand and track your normal daily fluctuations. If you weigh once a week, you don’t know whether it’s an up, down, or average day on the scale. The reading books advise to weigh weekly is because some people tend to obsess over the fluctuations.

    Sure - it does if you want to understand minutiae of data.

    But if you are happy just seeing the big picture and an overall downward trend - or a staying in maitenance range - then weekly is fine.

    I'm not fussed about understanding or tracking my daily fluctuations and I dont stress over them and it doesnt worry me if my Sun evening weigh is sometimes an average, low or high day - as long as overall trend fits into big picture.

    I feel I am flogging a dead horse a bit here - but I also think it is important for readers to know they do not have to do it one way - like daily - if they dont want to and they don't have to understand and follow every little variation if they don't want to.

  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 16,781 Member Member, Premium Posts: 16,781 Member
    I'll put another check-mark in the "do what works for you" advice column. Also in the "don't adjust behavior based solely on the results of any two consecutive weigh-ins" and I'd say the latter about hourly, daily, weekly, and mayve even monthly weigh-ins. I could pick out data points for myself where any one of those schedules would've been seriously misleading, if comparing only 2 points at those intervals. Weight management is a long game.

    Personally, I like data and everyday statistics, in a general sense, across multiple domains that interest me. I'm also one of the least emotional people I know. 😆

    So, I weigh daily, and put it in Libra. (I don't even necessarily believe the Libra trend line, BTW. Sometimes, it's wrong.) Before Libra, for a decade or more, I was plotting daily weight on a graph paper chart taped inside my linen closet door. If I miss a day or more - traveling, forget, whatever - meh, no big.

    Once in a while, I weigh during the day (for reasons like wondering if my hot-weather hydration is working well, for example, or just curiosity), but don't put those in Libra. I don't think that's obessive (because I'm not at all compulsive or stressed over it).

    I think talking about this as "liking data minutia" is a little bit value-laden characterization.😆

    Though it's counter-intuitive, I neither budget nor balance my checkbook, and haven't for decades. I'm incapable of intuitive eating, but I seem to be capable of intuitive spending. The results have been neither chaotic nor stressful, either. (Before retirement, I did track net worth monthly, FWIW, even though I'm far, far from wealthy. Personally, I think net worth is more analogous to body weight, budgeting to pre-logging or menu planning . . . checkbook-balancing to calorie counting, maybe - the last is a shakier analogy.)

    People differ in their outlooks, interests, needs, and the outcomes that flow from those. I find that variation kind of fascinating, personally.

    Back to weighing again: I will push back on people who are pushing one alternative or another to others, or feeling swayed by orthodoxies from blogs (like the "you should only weigh weekly" one), without factual basis. Saying - without some prior individual evidence - that "you will become a slave to the scale" or "you need to see the daily fluctuations" is inappropriate. "I become a slave to the scale" or "I need to see the daily fluctuations"? No problem.
  • IronIsMyTherapyIronIsMyTherapy Member Posts: 385 Member Member Posts: 385 Member
    If you react emotionally to the scale, no.
    If you don't react emotionally to the scale, it's not super important but you can learn things about how different factors affect your weight from carbs to water to sodium to alcohol, etc.
  • paperpuddingpaperpudding Member Posts: 6,120 Member Member Posts: 6,120 Member
    If you react emotionally to the scale, no.
    If you don't react emotionally to the scale, it's not super important but you can learn things about how different factors affect your weight from carbs to water to sodium to alcohol, etc.

    Yes you can - if you want to.

    For those of us who are not bothered about learning how different factors like that temporarily affect our weight ( what I called before minutiae of data - wasn't meant to be a 'character laden term' just an objective phrase describing above) then no need or point in doing that.
    I would argue that it is way less than super important , it isn't important at all unless you want to know it.
    And nothing wrong either way ie learning such stuff or not.
    Back to whatever works for you.

  • CompowderCompowder Member Posts: 2 Member Member Posts: 2 Member
    I'm trying to lose weight and only witness weight loss every 10 days, so I'm not bothered to go on the scale when I know, nothing is about to going to change.
  • sal10851sal10851 Member Posts: 167 Member Member Posts: 167 Member
    It's a bad idea to weigh yourself everyday if it's going to cause you stress. I weigh myself and log it every morning after my workouts. I use it purely to track my water and glycogen stores. Some days I'm up 3 pounds others I'm down by 2 but I always pay attention to downward trends
  • fat2thingirlfat2thingirl Member Posts: 23 Member Member Posts: 23 Member
    I can't speak for anyone else, but in my experience, the only times that I have successfully lost weight was when I didn't have a scale in my house to even check. I weighed in at doctor appointments and sometimes at grocery stores that had scales. But every time I bought my own scale, I immediately became obsessed, weighing multiple times a day, and felt hopeless about it, gave up and gained the weight back. So, I personally find more success and peace of mind when I dont have the scale and weigh about once a month. :)
  • charmmethcharmmeth Member Posts: 533 Member Member Posts: 533 Member
    Lietchi wrote: »
    I weigh daily and look at the general trend. When weighing weekly, that weekly weigh-in could happen to be your highest weight of the week, or your lowest, or in between: you have no way of knowing unless you weigh daily.
    The more often you weigh (no more than daily, and in similar circumstances), the easier it is to spot the trend. The key is to not be too attached to individual weigh-ins.

    This is exactly my approach too. I like to have the daily data feeding into my trends. I plot a graph and keep a running monthly average. (I learned a bit about excel when setting this up which was an added bonus.) If I miss a day or two or even a week, I just fill in a value or values that give me a straight line between the two readings. In particular, I find it encouraging to be able to see that my monthly average is down even if my weight is up. In fact, as i approach maintenance the monthly average is becoming increasingly what I look at, rather than a daily weight.

    This is what works for me; I know it might not work for others.
    edited October 21
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