Weight Loss Support - When To Weigh Myself?

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07-09-2009, 07:35 AM

I don't know if this has been asked before, but I was wondering... what time of day is best to take my weight? I weigh myself every day... well, actually sometimes more than once, and I find that I weigh less in the afternoon for some strange reason. Should I take the first thing in the morning weight, which is almost always higher? Or should I take the lowest weight of the day? Which would you count?


Mrs Snark
07-09-2009, 07:47 AM
Just pick a time when you are comfortable (if you like afternoons that is fine) and be consistent. The idea is to try and weigh yourself around the same time every day. Beyond that, it doesn't really matter. :)

07-09-2009, 07:49 AM
I weigh myself once a week, on Tuesday mornings, after potty and before eating/drinking. I found that the normal fluctuations during the day/week were driving me batty, and once a week gives me a much better picture of what my body is doing.

I don't think it's important WHEN you weigh, just that it's consistent. If the afternoon works for you, then weigh then - just make sure the number you count is from the same time frame.

07-09-2009, 08:10 AM
I weigh on Friday mornings, naked after potty run, BEFORE anything else.

07-09-2009, 08:32 AM
Okay... I'm trying to cut it down a bit, little by little. I'm a little obsessed with the scale :( And I have two scales! One's my regular digital scale, and one's my Wii Fit scale. My digital is usually a pound higher, depending. But anyway... I think I'll take the morning weight, just to be on the safe side, and try to start cutting back on my weighing. My dietitian kinda recommended it anyway.


07-09-2009, 09:07 AM
good for you on cutting back! And I weigh everyday in the morning. I take my avgs for the week. That is how I can see my weight loss trend.

07-09-2009, 09:40 AM
I was obsessed with the scale too. I was weighing up to 15 times throughout the course of a day. It was stressing me out badly and finally I had enough. Scale went bye bye. I won't say I will never weigh again but not for awhile, when I feel more comfortable to do so. I will measure my success (or God forbid, failure :|) by the size of my pants.

I do agree with the others, if you are going to weigh, be consistent and try to not obsess.

Good luck.


07-09-2009, 09:52 AM
I weigh myself 1x a day, after I pee in the am... Usually wearing boxers & a t-shirt! I'd like to cut down to once a week, but my feet seem to lead the way!!! lol!! ;)

07-09-2009, 10:40 AM
I read that you should weigh yourself everyday if you are maintaining and once a week if you are trying to lose.

I used to work at WW and we encouraged the people to weigh in the same time each week and wear the same exact thing they wore the week before.

I'm trying to lose and I try to weigh myself only once a day, right after waking up and using the bathroom. I can weigh myself after eating (or after a shower or after exercise) and have a 5lb gain..which I know is not real, but it's scary.

07-09-2009, 11:26 AM
I weigh the least in the morning so that's what I use. :) I weigh once a day. My husband weighs 2 (sometimes 3) times a day and takes the average.

Lori Bell
07-09-2009, 11:42 AM
I weighed once a week in the morning up until last Friday. This has been my first full week of maintaince and I've been having a hard time figuring out how many calories to add back into my diet to stay the same...so I've weighed every day this week. Oh, and since it was PMS/TOM I got some pretty wicked numbers that I had never noticed before since I was strictly a weekly weighin-er. Just don't drive yourself bonkers with the scale, it is so totally not worth it. There are so many more important things to do in life besides jumping on the scale several times a day.

07-09-2009, 11:51 AM
I've actually started weighing in two times a day to keep accountable so I don't let myself go crazy- but that's probably cuz I started reading a book about food addiction and it's one of the things the book recommends- but it also says it's just a number and don't let it ruin your day. I try to not let it and since then the numbers are consistently staying lower than when I only weighed in weekly.

Arctic Mama
07-09-2009, 11:56 AM
I generally weigh once a day, in the morning after peeing but before eating. I usually am wearing the same amount of clothes, too.

07-09-2009, 12:13 PM
In the morning after I pee, and in the nude.

07-09-2009, 01:35 PM
The thing about weighing yourself more then once a day or even more then once a week is that WE ALL fluctuate, not only day to day but even perhaps hour to hour. It all depends on where you are in your cycle, what you have eaten, what you are wearing, what you have drank, etc....so I think, at least for me, weighing once a week has worked. Since I know throughout the week how I FEEL (which is more important then any number on the scale), is a true sign of my progress.

I know that if I gain in a week, that makes me work even harder the next but I don't get discouraged....I just work harder. Ironically, when I WAS weighing daily and didn't see a loss or actually saw a gain, I would get discouraged a bit.

07-09-2009, 03:41 PM
I don't remember who said it, but I think it's odd that you're supposed to "weigh yourself everyday if you are maintaining and once a week if you are trying to lose"! Almost seems backwards to me! I've weighed myself several times a day for as long as I can remember...

I also had another reason for posting this thread... it might seem kinda gross to others :?: It has to do with constipation and the Miralax that I take for it (dietitian recommended). See, the thing is... it doesn't "kick in" until later on in the morning, usually after I've done my first weigh-in. So should I wait until the Miralax kicks in and then weigh myself? When I weigh-in at that time, I'm about 2 lbs. lighter. I kinda don't like weighing myself when I'm all constipated... Sorry for being yucky!


07-09-2009, 05:02 PM
I weigh on Friday mornings, naked after potty run, BEFORE anything else.

jacque9999, im with you on there, too.
i do all that naked, after potty lol..but i do it on mondays coz thats a fresh start for me...lol :D

07-10-2009, 05:50 AM

I think I'm going to try weighing myself various times of day and see what's what. We'll see.

I usually weigh myself with nothing on just to be sure it's a true weight! Well, most of the time anyway. I guess my first thing in the morning weight is the best one, the one that I do before I've had anything to eat and everything. I just wonder about it being lower later in the day and if I should count the higher weight or the lower one as my "official" weight for the day.


07-10-2009, 06:01 AM
After reading all these posts, it amazes me how everyone has their own way of doing a simple thing like weighing themselves. The bottom line is, IMHO, is everyone should weigh themselves when it works for them....whether it be on a Monday or a Friday, morning or night, clothed or naked....still doesn't really matter what the number is....If you are eating well, exercising and feel good, then the number is just that....a number.

07-11-2009, 10:40 AM
I weigh myself first thing in the morning, after going pee :), usually in a t-shirt and underwear.

I like to weigh in everyday....I know that weight can fluctuate due to different factors, so I don't beat myself up if the scale is up by .5 pound or even 1 pound, if I know that I've eaten well and exercised. I like the 'numbers' part of weight loss, so it's important to me to know where I stand weight-wise. And, whether my weight is up or down, I try to use it as a motivational factor....if I'm down, I want to keep up the good work, and if my weight is up, I want to work even harder to make sure that my weight is down the next day!


07-11-2009, 11:30 AM
I weigh myself in my in the morning with no clothes after I have used the bathroom and before I eat anything and usually the next day after I have had a hair cut! :D

07-11-2009, 11:48 AM
Today i weighed myself, as I have done almost every day this week, in the morning, after my morning routine, naked, tossing salt over my shoulder, spinning around four times, doing a ritual and sacrificing a jellay donut by the power of Greyskull, and then....stepping on the scale. :D

Seriously, whatever works for you is key. :)