Weight Loss Support - Weighing yourself before bed and first thing in the morning




SoCalCowgirl
05-03-2012, 10:09 AM
So I was curious last night. I wanted to see the difference in how much weight you generally loose at night with a full nights rest. I weigh myself daily, yesterday morning I weight 126.6, last night at 10pm I weighed 128.8 this morning at 6:30 I weighed in at 125.2! Its crazy to think how much your body fluctuates in just one night! I was really shocked that I had lost so much, and with 125.2 being my lowest weight so far. Now I'm interested in doing this experiment on a daily basis, weighing myself at approxemetly the same time both day and night, just to see how much are body really fluctuates.


berryblondeboys
05-03-2012, 10:18 AM
I do this every day. Why? I kind of want to see the preview for tomorrow. I can get a 'pretty' good idea of what I'll see the next morning. Like, if I woke up at 170 and went to bed at 170, I know I'll have a drop the next morning. If it's 170 in the morning and 174 at night, I know I'll have an increase in the morning.

Of course, I cannot know precisely how much I'll lose overnight, but I have come to learn that it's usually 1.5-2 pounds. More, naturally, if I have to get up during the night to pee and STILL need to pee a lot in the morning. Less, if I was a bit dehydrated the day before (forgetting to drink much).

I do it so that I don't get anxious/lose sleep overnight with wondering what I'll see. I get that sometimes as I'm heading into a new weight decade - like out of the 160s etc.

caramelkitty
05-03-2012, 10:24 AM
berryblondeboys I do the same thing!!

I weigh myself every day twice a day, once in the morning after I have used the washroom and gotten undressed, and once right before bed, again, naked. lol

I too do it for the preview, so I know what to expect in the morning.

It's fun! lol


Beach Patrol
05-03-2012, 10:32 AM
I've been doing that for over two years now. A lot of people cannot stomach (LOL, no pun intended!) those simple every-day fluctuations, but for me, it really helps me understand how MY BODY works. Sometimes I may eat too much sodium one day & expect a higher weight the next morning, and am still - after two years! - genuinely surprised to see a DROP on the scale.

On the flip side of that coin, when I know I've eaten well and been "very good" and then see a higher weight the next day, I get a little miffed! - UNTIL I REALIZE - "Hey, this is how MY BODY works." And as long as I'm losing the weight - no matter how slowly! - then I'm fine, I don't freak out or give up.

I find this method is especially helpful to me during TOM, because I can literally see my bloat ON THE SCALE. Then it comes off with a whoosh & I feel light as air. :D

hazyl
05-03-2012, 10:33 AM
I weigh myself once a week instead daily. got this tip from the experts :)

Tip No. 11: Weigh yourself once a week.
People who weigh themselves regularly tend to have more weight loss success. But most experts suggest weighing yourself only once a week, so you’re not derailed by daily fluctuations. When you weigh yourself, follow these tips: Weigh yourself at the same time of day, on the same day of the week, on the same scale, and in the same clothes.

Resource: http://aboutthedietsolutionprogram.com/blog/good-diet-articles/the-best-diet-tips-in-your-weight-loss-journey

pixelllate
05-03-2012, 11:01 AM
I weigh myself multiple times a day because I am fine with fluctations, I think that if its frusterating to weigh yourself at your current frequency, just change that and do what feels best for you.
Even if I weighed myself at a consistent time, I will always see fluctuations. Its poo, water weight, sweat, water retention, lots of things for lots of reasons, so I just weigh myself a lot expecting a 2-3 lb difference unless its TOM.

AnnieDrews
05-03-2012, 11:03 AM
I weigh myself each Thurs. and Fri. mornings. I take the best of the two as my weekly weight. But it is amazing how much weight can fluctuate over a 24 hour period. I try not to panic if I see a pound or two rise....unless I see it the next week, too!

caramelkitty
05-03-2012, 11:04 AM
hazyl most of the people that i know do the same thing and only weigh once a week, I personally, can't do it.

If I work hard all week and dont see any result at the end of the week I'll freak out and be tempted to quit. I'd rather know daily why it's not doing anything or why it's not going down, or if it goes up because of a binge or a high sodium meal.

But hey, everyone has to find their own way. My friend HATES daily fluctuations, she'll text me and freak out hahahaha

hle82
05-03-2012, 11:07 AM
I experimented a lot with the night/morning weight last month to see how my body fluctuates. It's between 1.5-2lbs for me also.

berryblondeboys
05-03-2012, 11:14 AM
If I were to do any other weigh-ins, it would be once every 28 days (or so). As I've learned my body and I've learned it ONLY from weighing daily, twice daily.

My weight goes like this:

TTOM (Period) Day 1-4/5- a bit high throughout.
5-12 days with starting TTOM - slow decline, but not quite to as low as it was before TTOM,
Days 12-ovulation on day 14/15 - sharp increase of 3-5 pounds.
Days 14/15-17/18 holding high a slight drop from ovulation.
Days 17/18-28 - whoosh! First the ovulation weight gain comes off and then any other weight loss for this cycle will come during that time too.
Day 28/29 slight increase with impending TTOM
Day 1 TTTOM- day 4 - slight increases...

REPEAT!!!!!

So, only if I were to weigh in a day or two before TTOM every cycle would I trust those numbers to mean anything. If I weighed once a week or once a month, I might hit the times of the month where I gain for no other reason than hormones.

I'm a firm believer that it's much better to KNOW what's going on with your body and to learn to deal with fluctuations than to look at the scale with puzzlement and horror at showing increases and you not understanding WHY there are increases.

So, isntead of telling people to just "weigh once a week or once a month" to not freak out over weight gains, I think it's far more helpful to TEACH people that our weght is always fluctuating and that's normal and that it's the downward TREND we are looking for.

But that's my opinion, of course.

Beach Patrol
05-03-2012, 11:17 AM
I weigh myself once a week instead daily. got this tip from the experts :)

Tip No. 11: Weigh yourself once a week.
People who weigh themselves regularly tend to have more weight loss success. But most experts suggest weighing yourself only once a week, so you’re not derailed by daily fluctuations. When you weigh yourself, follow these tips: Weigh yourself at the same time of day, on the same day of the week, on the same scale, and in the same clothes.

Resource: http://aboutthedietsolutionprogram.com/blog/good-diet-articles/the-best-diet-tips-in-your-weight-loss-journey

All of us here at 3FC are "experts" - we're experts in OUR OWN PERSONAL JOURNEY of weight loss. What works for one might not work for another. So while some people weigh in once a week, others do it once a day (or even more - in the beginning I weighed 2x per day - morning, before breakfast, and evening, after dinner - to see what my body had done during the course of a day after eating & exercising & doing regular daily routine) while still others don't use a scale at all, preferring body measurements & clothing size to discern their weight loss.

FTR, I always weigh in the morning; after potty time, before breakfast, and completely naked, because I don't care how much my clothes weigh. :)

MOLE
05-03-2012, 11:43 AM
I tend to retain A LOT of water weight over the course of a day....so I NEVER weigh at night anymore--just once as soon as I wake up.

mimsyborogoves
05-03-2012, 11:51 AM
Just a curiosity question, for those of you that weigh every day, how do you record your weight for weight loss? Do you just pick the lowest weight of the week, or do you have a set day for recording the weight?

LAgreeneyes
05-03-2012, 11:58 AM
Just a curiosity question, for those of you that weigh every day, how do you record your weight for weight loss? Do you just pick the lowest weight of the week, or do you have a set day for recording the weight?

I also weigh myself at night and first thing in the morning. I use my weekly Saturday morning weight as the weight of the week. So after I weigh on Saturday morning, I write it down and use that for my weekly weight.

d130
05-03-2012, 12:03 PM
Just a curiosity question, for those of you that weigh every day, how do you record your weight for weight loss? Do you just pick the lowest weight of the week, or do you have a set day for recording the weight?

I tend to weigh every day, but only my Wednesday morning weigh in counts. :)

I'm similar to Berry in that I like to know what's going on with my body and so I'd rather weigh daily and see the trends and know why then just randomly pick a day to weigh.

mammasita
05-03-2012, 12:07 PM
Just a curiosity question, for those of you that weigh every day, how do you record your weight for weight loss? Do you just pick the lowest weight of the week, or do you have a set day for recording the weight?

I record my weight on only Wednesday but generally weigh myself every morning.

For the OP, without fail for me, its a 2lb difference between morning weight and evening weight.

PinkLotus
05-03-2012, 12:12 PM
I've been weighing myself at night and in the mornings lately since I've gotten used to the daily fluctations (for the most part!) and like to see where I'm at. Sometimes I skip a day or two, depending on how I'm feeling, but I weigh myself twice most days. My weight is anywhere from 2-5 pounds more at night!
My official weigh in day is Saturday, so that is the only weight I document.

MOLE
05-03-2012, 12:32 PM
Just a curiosity question, for those of you that weigh every day, how do you record your weight for weight loss? Do you just pick the lowest weight of the week, or do you have a set day for recording the weight?

I keep A VERY detailed food journal that records EVERYTHING. The date, my daily weight, then calories, fat, sugar, and carbs. Sometimes it can be really tedious and annoying--but it works. If my weight goes up I can find the EXACT cause

freelancemomma
05-03-2012, 12:43 PM
I weigh myself at least twice a week, but these days it's been every day. I also see a 1.5 to 2 lb drop between bedtime and the next morning. I seem to be a bit of a medical curiosity in that I experience no TOM-related weight fluctuations whatsoever. I've also never had PMS and have no perimenopausal symptoms at 55, so there must be a disconnect between my hormones and my brain.

F.

NCchickie
05-03-2012, 05:28 PM
I keep A VERY detailed food journal that records EVERYTHING. The date, my daily weight, then calories, fat, sugar, and carbs. Sometimes it can be really tedious and annoying--but it works. If my weight goes up I can find the EXACT cause


Ditto.
I weigh and record daily.
It's working great for me.

munchievictim
05-03-2012, 06:10 PM
I change my ticker pretty much whenever my weight changes, but less when it goes up, which is why it's lower than it should be now. I might switch to changing it to my lowest weight of the week, but that feels less honest door some unknowable reason.
I agree that people are different. I would be wayyy more freaked out if I just weighed once A week and didn't see a loss or saw a gain than I am seeing daily fluctuations. I would have no idea where i went wrong, whether it was normal fluctuation, bloat, related to one bad day, or if what I'm doing plain isn't working and it would be crazy. I would almost certainly go off plan having to wait a whole nother week to weigh again.

NYFLAgirl
05-03-2012, 08:53 PM
Like a lot of you-I weigh myself at least twice a day. At first, the fluctuations bothered me but than believe or not I became fascinated by them. As someone else said-it was interesting to see how my body weight fluctuated throughout the day and the reasons why (water retention from too much sodium that day or sore muscles from working out, etc.). I definitely think you have to figure out what works for you-twice a day, once a week or whatever I think its whatever makes you feel comfortable.

linJber
05-03-2012, 09:41 PM
I weighed almost every morning while I was losing. After the potty, bedore breakfast, naked. And only Wednesday's weight counted as my weekly check in. I recorded every Wednesday on my spreadsheet. Now I weigh every few days and if the scale goes up more than 2 pounds, I get back in "diet mode" for a few days until it goes back down. The worst gain was 5 pounds over a vacation. But, my DD who is thin also gained, so I figured that's just how it goes sometimes!

I am WAY past TOM, so I don't have the fluctuations associated with it. I'd probably do what Berry said, though, and record and be aware of what happens. I agree wholeheartedly with her approach. But as it's already been said, we have to do what works for us.

Lin

Amy23
05-03-2012, 09:43 PM
I do this too. Went to bed last night at 278 something and woke up 277.8. The morning before I was at least two pounds heavier, so that's something.

hazyl
05-03-2012, 09:53 PM
hazyl most of the people that i know do the same thing and only weigh once a week, I personally, can't do it.

If I work hard all week and dont see any result at the end of the week I'll freak out and be tempted to quit. I'd rather know daily why it's not doing anything or why it's not going down, or if it goes up because of a binge or a high sodium meal.

But hey, everyone has to find their own way. My friend HATES daily fluctuations, she'll text me and freak out hahahaha

yeah.. totally agree with you :) If you are fine with the fluctuations why not weigh yourself when you want to see your result.

kaplods
05-03-2012, 11:37 PM
For as long as I can remember the common wisdom has been "weigh only once a week, because you'll get discouraged and give up otherwise," but to my knowledge the advice was not based on factual data, just opinion.

Still, I felt I was "doing it wrong" if I weighed more than once a week, because that's what everyone said was the "right way" to do it.

Then a few years ago a study came out that reviewed the data from many previous weight loss studies and found the people who lost the most weight, were those who weighed most frequently (I believe daily was the most frequent measured, so someone who weighs three times a day may or may not lose more weight than someone who weighs once a day).

The study results completely flew in the face of common wisdom. If it had merely been a review of one weight loss study, it might have been a fluke, but the research followed the results of multiple studies. So daily weighing, may actually be the wiser choice for the average person.

I do think that if you're going to weigh daily, you need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of daily weighing. You don't really have to worry about being "discouraged" - you can only be discouraged if you choose to be. It may not feel like a choice, but it is. If you expect a loss every time you get on the scale, of course you're going to be discouraged - but if you're prepared for fluctuations you're not going to be discouraged when you see them - you're going to know (or learn) not to expect a loss every time you step on the scale.

For me that meant choosing to celebrate "not gaining" with th same level of enthusiasm I used to reserve only for losing.

I do like celebrating losing too, which is one of the reasons I do weigh last thing at night and in the morning - to see that two pound loss. I know it's not a "real" loss, but it's still fun to see.

Jan2012
05-04-2012, 02:48 AM
I weighed almost every morning while I was losing. After the potty, bedore breakfast, naked.

Me too ! :D especially after potty

ValRock
05-04-2012, 03:09 AM
I weigh myself every time I go to the bathroom, and write the numbers on a calendar on the back of the door. It helps me be OK with any fluctuations. Plus, I'm just weird like that, and I think it's fun :D.

Also, weighing weekly would totally derail me.

I can have a bad bloat put 5 lbs of water on overnight. If I weighed the next morning it'd look like I had gained, but by afternoon the water is gone and I'd see a loss. So for me, weighing more often is more encouraging! Weekly, I Might miss the low number!

pnkrckpixikat
05-04-2012, 12:08 PM
i weigh pretty much every morning after using they potty naked. And if i happen to use the potty again before i get dressed and eat breakfast i weigh again. I also weigh whenever the mood to weigh hits.

In terms of tracking, i dont really track weekly or anything, i only update my stats on my tracker and myfitnesspal when i see a new low. I'll only move it up if i KNOW i did something to truely gain like fall off the wagon for an extended period, otherwise i usually know what i did to see a bump and can guesstimate how long til i get over the bump so i know it just may be that much longer til i see a new low

Beach Patrol
05-04-2012, 02:03 PM
Just a curiosity question, for those of you that weigh every day, how do you record your weight for weight loss? Do you just pick the lowest weight of the week, or do you have a set day for recording the weight?

I record my weight daily on a calendar. Then at the end of the week, I circle the lowest weight, and that's what I take to be my "true weight."

munchievictim
05-04-2012, 03:14 PM
I tried this out last night for kicks, and I was 254 yesterday morning, 252 before bed and 250 this morning. So I love it. Lol. I'll still be interested to see how I respond when the numbers aren't going in my favor, but this might be a new part of my routine. Which is funny because my dr told me this week to only weigh once a week, but I think that would hurt me rather than harm me so I'm disregarding that.

SoCalCowgirl
05-04-2012, 03:57 PM
I've been finding myself looking forward to the double weigh in. Even when I do go up a bit. Last night I was 128.8 this morning 126.6 so my average fluctuation seems to be about 2 pounds.

LAgreeneyes
05-04-2012, 04:08 PM
I'm the same. Average fluctuation is about 2 lbs.

mimsyborogoves
05-04-2012, 04:46 PM
I've found that since I've been home, I've been weighing every day and it actually helps to let me figure out where I'm gonna stand on official weigh-in day. For instance, on Monday I weighed in at 216, then Tuesday was 214.5. I didn't weigh in yesterday, but today I weighed in this morning when I got home, and fully clothed I was back up to 216. However, last week I was doing this same thing but the numbers were between 216-218, which leads me to believe I'll be in at 214 (or less) on Monday!

Liliann
05-05-2012, 12:29 PM
I gave up the daily scale habit..was checking the scale twice a day and it was moving..but for strange reasons..end of the month, gained it back..I was like this for 2 years..No more...and now am a weekly scale chick!!

Glad that your scale is kind to you and your progress is awesome..Keep up the good work!!

Kahokkuri
05-06-2012, 08:58 PM
I find that weighing myself any time but the morning is incredibly disheartening. Granted, I tend only to do it if I feel really guilty about what I've eaten, so of course my weight will be exceptionally high at those times. Weighing right before bed and again in the morning sounds kind of interesting, though.