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How often do you weigh yourself?

budgiejnrbudgiejnr Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member
Daily, weekly or every couple of days?

I weigh myself on a Friday at 9am weekly


  • riffraff2112riffraff2112 Member Posts: 1,644 Member Member Posts: 1,644 Member
    I never used to weigh myself because it was deflating to not see progress everyday. No matter how many times I read/heard that 'weight loss is not linear', I got super frustrated with not seeing the numbers drop. Especially when my weight rose, following a period of a few days of 'perfect' discipline. I knew my ego was too fragile to get that feedback so I used the mirror, how my clothes fit and progress in the gym/ or my cardio sessions, as my metrics.

    I now weigh myself daily (and sometimes more) because I have a healthier relationship with my 'weight' and the scale. I like seeing how my body reacts to certain workout regiments, or meals. Now I expect a weight gain after a long run, or a super intense workout. For me it is just another metric now, and together with all the other measurements one can use, is one way to see progress and/or set goals.

  • Fit_Happens_2021Fit_Happens_2021 Member Posts: 263 Member Member Posts: 263 Member
    Usually weekly on a Friday. If I know I had a crappy week I don't weigh myself, but I rarely go more than 2 weeks without a weigh-in.
  • L1zardQueenL1zardQueen Member Posts: 8,391 Member Member Posts: 8,391 Member
  • SModa61SModa61 Member Posts: 1,334 Member Member Posts: 1,334 Member
    When I actually care, it is daily, first thing after bathroom. I even travel with a scale at times just to keep my head in the game. To me it is no different than tracking my food. It is data. I have had this habit for enough time (minus my avoidance stretches than invariably resulted in weight gains) that most of the time I can predict scale outcome, even if calories are perfect. By weighing daily, I am seeing the non-body-fat impact yesterday's food choices can have on the scale and be OK with that. If I did not weigh daily, I would not have that learned association. If I were weighing less often and got an "up" then is that actually fat gain, or a temporary response to preceding day. Anyhow, that is me and each person need to do what supports them best for making healthy changes.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 18,740 Member Member, Premium Posts: 18,740 Member
    I've weighed myself daily, and noted the result, for probably over a decade, even before I started trying to lose weight. I'm not scale-obsessed in any problematic way, just generally a bit of a data geek, in this and other respects. It doesn't stress me if I get out of routine and miss a day at home, and I don't weigh myself when I'm away from home overnight.

    These days, I put the daily weight in Libra weight trending app. In maintenance (or ultra-slow loss, as I've been pursuing lately) even Libra's trend is misleading sometimes, with its default settings, i.e., it will say I'm gaining or maintaining when I'm actually not (from unusual water weight triggers, for example). But it's 100% true - speaking as someone who's spent some time as a *paid professional* data geek 😉 - that more frequent data points will generally show trends more quickly and correctly.

    The right answer about weigh-in schedule is individual. From an abstract data quality standpoint, daily under consistent conditions is best, IMO. But people who are very stressed by scale fluctuations may be better off weighing infrequently, perhaps even never (relying instead on fit of clothing, say, or occasional tape measure).

    For me, my daily weight is just a snapshot of my body's momentary relationship with gravity, not a metric for my success or value as a human being. I learn a lot from seeing what causes my person random fluctuations, and for me that's been a calming thing.
  • bold_rabbitbold_rabbit Member Posts: 1,044 Member Member Posts: 1,044 Member
    I weigh daily and have for over a year and a half. Like someone mentioned above, I have developed a much healthier relationship with my scale (and food) from the many wise folks here on MFP.

    I do not have hormone effects on my weight, and, to be honest, have never really been able to pinpoint the reasons for my weight fluctuations*, but they don't bother me.

    Here's a screenshot of my Libra recently (each dot represents a weigh-in):


    * For example, I might have an increase and think "that's because we ordered Chipotle yesterday" BUT, I can go back to 3-4 months ago when we last ordered the same thing and my weight dropped the next day. My daily weight is a true mystery to me! 😁
  • corinasue1143corinasue1143 Member Posts: 4,850 Member Member Posts: 4,850 Member
    Probably 5 days a week. Daily, but I forget often, and don’t bother if I’ve already eaten.
  • 142jmh142jmh Member Posts: 74 Member Member Posts: 74 Member
    I weigh daily as I find I can see the trends a lot more accurately: which foods cause water retention (and how much), how hormonal cycles affect my weight, all that stuff. Its so much easier to keep calm about going up a few pounds when I know its because I ate fish and chips the night before, and in another day, the water retention will have resolved itself. The more knowledge, the better!
  • ExpressoLove11ExpressoLove11 Member Posts: 161 Member Member Posts: 161 Member
    I weigh most days, daily if I can, and always first thing after my morning tinkle. I like seeing the data and it keeps me on track.
  • SummerSkierSummerSkier Member, Premium Posts: 2,183 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,183 Member
    I care but I do not weigh frequently anymore (maintaining almost 3 and half years). I am more focused on my energy and fitness. I keep an eye on clothes and rings and my intake but putting the scale into hibernation mid last year was very freeing.

    The only times in my lifeI have done that before were when I did not give a kitten but this time it was a very calculated move with other metrics firmly in place to make sure I was not kidding myself.

  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Member Posts: 3,699 Member Member Posts: 3,699 Member
    When I remember and that is not very often, so maybe once a week. In maintenance going to 11 years, so I go this :) .
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