Weight Loss Support - Weighing Yourself Daily VS Weekly

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08-01-2013, 02:22 PM
I weigh myself almost every day, maybe every other or every 3 days.

Do you think weighing yourself too often discourages you?

Since I weigh myself everyday, I can really keep tabs on myself.

Some days I'm scared to do so.

So tell me, what do you do and how it works for you.

08-01-2013, 02:32 PM
I usually weigh myself every day... but I know that I shouldn't. It really discourages me, but then I have to remind myself, okay "you have water weight" or "you've really been trying hard, this number doesn't matter"

I'm thinking about having my fiance just give me the scale once a week and that be it! lol! I don't have the will power to not weigh myself. So if it's helping you keep track of you, I say keep doing what you're doing. However, if it's getting you down, I would try to weigh maybe once or twice a week.

08-01-2013, 02:38 PM
I weigh daily, even though there are days I really don't want to get on the scale. I'm watching everything I eat, and I like to monitor how my body reacts to some of the newer things I've been trying. While I get frustrated if I see gains, I know they aren't fat gains, just water weight.

Weighing daily vs weekly or even monthly means you have to prepare yourself mentally for those ups and downs. As long as the overall trend is down, you're doing great! Don't stress the small weight gains, unless you are eating in excess by a lot of calories, it will come off quickly!

08-01-2013, 02:45 PM
I weigh every day, no matter whether I think I'll like the result or not. What I do that might be a little different is that I average those 7 days and reference what that average is doing week to week. I don't have enough extra energy to invest in letting a number dictate my mood for the day, so my take is to treat it like a single data point on a control chart. I use statistical techniques constantly at work; average and standard deviation are my second language and I find it works exceptionally well for weight loss.

08-01-2013, 02:45 PM
I I tend to weigh everyday, I like seeing the trends

08-01-2013, 02:59 PM
I weigh daily. It can make or break my day (even if I know it is just water) but I do not let it discourage me. I have even begun to weigh twice daily. Weighing before I go to bed gives me a good heads-up on my morning reading since I always lose at night but never more than 2 pounds. So if my evening weight is more than 2 pounds heavier than my weight that same morning I know I am in for a gain. If it is the same weight, or even below, my morning weight I know I am in for a whoosh. All very complicated.

08-01-2013, 03:13 PM
I think the general answer is - its different for everyone. I know absolutely that weighing once/week is the perfect interval for me. But obviously others like the finer scale feedback.

I'd say if weighing daily works for you and small set backs don't discourage you to the point of going off plan, then go with it. If not, try something else.

08-01-2013, 03:16 PM
I weigh every day. Most days the scale will fluctuate a half pound up or down, but then there are those days where I lose 2 pounds overnight and those days are really great! If I weighed weekly, I would only get the gratification of seeing how much weight I've lost once a week vs. possibly every day.

08-01-2013, 03:27 PM
I'm a daily weigher, I like to see the trends...

08-01-2013, 03:49 PM
I used to think it was better to weigh weekly. Also thought it would be bad for my mental health to weigh daily. I have learned, however, that I nee the daily weigh in to keep accountable. I can handle small ups too - as long as the trend is downward.

08-01-2013, 04:19 PM
I weighed myself early today (I normally only weigh once a week) to start a challenge, and boy was it disappointing. Some people are better at the day-to-day weighing, but I am not one of them.

08-01-2013, 04:23 PM
I weight myself everyday while pregnant because its very easy to give in into cravings, and seeing the numbers keep me on track.

While I am not pregnant, I weight myself once a month, because of water, TOM, excercise and other factors, the daily, or even weekly changes were driving me crazy.

08-01-2013, 05:34 PM
I prefer every day. It's part of my morning routine - brush teeth, weigh self.

Weighing daily teaches me about my fluctuations. I worry that if I weighed only weekly, that weigh-in could be on a high day that doesn't really capture how I'm doing that week.

08-01-2013, 05:36 PM
Wow, it seems that everyone around here almost weighs in every day! I am more of a weekly weigh in girl. Weighing in once a week makes me really determined to spend the entire week eating healthy and I am discouraged if I see little fluctuations throughout the week. This works for me not everyone, because I understand that a lot people like to see the daily changes in their bodies - I just find it more encouraging to do it weekly.

08-01-2013, 06:41 PM
I'm the odd ball; weighing daily is an issue for me. I DO get discouraged with that number and end up derailing duing plateaus. Monthly weigh-ins are the magic for me. I like to put my head down and steam along for the month. It almost becomes like a challenge to push myself harder and beat that numbe from last month. :)

Amy Remixed
08-01-2013, 07:46 PM
I weigh every day and after I try something different. But I only record my Saturday morning result.

08-01-2013, 08:06 PM
I weigh in twice a day everyday. Once right in the morning and once right before bed. The mental torture of working for an entire week and then not seeing results on the scale is too much for me. I must know where I am at all times. :-)

08-01-2013, 08:50 PM
Wow a lot of daily weighers..
I weigh myself once every week, on Monday morning, no clothes on, and before breakfast.

I feel like if I weighed myself everyday, it'd be too much for me. To see daily fluctuations in my weight would stress me; it'd make or break my day.
I just need to know where I'm at once a week. If I'm down one week, I know I've been doing well. If I'm up one week, then I know I'm not doing well.

Plus weighing myself once a week gives me something to strive for each week. Because the next time I step on that scale I want to see a lower number. So that makes me want to work for it.

08-01-2013, 08:56 PM
I weight myself everyday while pregnant because its very easy to give in into cravings, and seeing the numbers keep me on track.

While I am not pregnant, I weight myself once a month, because of water, TOM, excercise and other factors, the daily, or even weekly changes were driving me crazy.

How does your diet and exercise work with being pregnant? How do you know what you weigh is natural?

08-01-2013, 09:09 PM
I'm a daily weighed as well. I need it for motivation :-) good or bad it motivates me to keep going

08-01-2013, 09:36 PM
I weigh every day. When I think back to all the times that I have regained a significant amount of weight, one of the early, tell-tale, and ignored signs has been that I have stopped weighing myself because I'll be too discouraged by the result. So now, on those days when I don't want to weigh myself in the morning because I fear I will be discouraged by the result, I force myself. I see the (temporary) gain, acknowledge it, and do my darndest to get back on track. I do not want to regain all this weight that I have worked so hard to lose, so I refuse to slip into not weighing, even for a day.

08-01-2013, 09:55 PM
At first I weighed every day. When I was vigorously losing, it was great to see a smaller number every few days. When I hit my big slowdown last August, it started making me crazy, so I dropped back to once or twice a week (Friday or Saturday if that's a better number). But even that is starting to frustrate me, so as soon as the biggest loser challenge is over, I'm putting the scale away for at least a month.

I think it really depends on what works for you, and that has changed for me over time. So do what feels right to you, and don't be afraid to change it if it stops working.

08-01-2013, 10:27 PM
I weigh myself 2-3 times per year...maybe. I used to weigh myself daily and I becamed too consumed by the number on the scale. As long as I eat and exercise "on plan", I'm okay. There is less spontaneity in what I eat, but I have come to terms with that.

08-01-2013, 10:33 PM
I was weighing once weekly, but I kind of go between daily and weekly. It's nice to see big drops during weekly weigh-ins but daily helps me stay on task. :)

08-01-2013, 10:43 PM
I've done both. I used to think I "should" only weigh once a week, but if the scale didn't move in that week, it was an even greater let-down for me than if I had just weighed each day and knew which direction I was headed. Yet, weighing each day if the scale is stuck is no fun either. So now, I tend to weigh each day if the numbers are going down, but as soon as they start lingering, I find myself weighing every two or three days.

08-01-2013, 10:44 PM
The scale I own is in my storage unit. If I don't have a scale to use at home, I don't weigh myself. So I only weigh myself weekly.

08-02-2013, 10:51 AM
I weigh myself about once a week. When I was losing VERY slowly I weighed more often. Now that I have gotten into ONEderland I only weigh weekly. I know I am eating OP and I try to exercise and sometimes that works and sometimes not but I AM losing so I am very happy.

08-02-2013, 11:48 AM
Weekly is best for me. I like having 1 day and 1 day only. I know what I eat and that I'm on track with myself any way, so I don't see the reason I need a scale to tell me different. Since I am honest with myself and set small goals (ex. drink water before each meal or eat veggies at every meal) I can succeed. :)
If I would weigh daily I would put myself into a nasty practice and panic if the number didn't go down as I thought it should. Exercise and body changes too much to put pressure like that on my brain. :dizzy:

08-02-2013, 12:40 PM
I weigh myself daily. I would not be comfortable weighing myself less often than that. It holds me accountable. It helps with me being able to listen to my body and knowing what is happening. It keeps me on track and reminds me of the healthier lifestyle I am on and want to stay on. I feel weighing less often could lead to even less often and pounds that could go on...and more pounds than you would realize. So much easier to slip back to old patterns.

08-02-2013, 01:31 PM
I weigh daily and it is really discouraging to see the scale yo-yoing the ounces but it's an addiction and I can't stop myself from getting on the scale. I keep a log of weekly weigh-ins though to measure progress. Daily weigh-in helps me keep track of what foods to avoid and how much more effort I need to put in terms of exercise.

08-02-2013, 01:34 PM
Weekly-Weigher here! As others have said, it stresses me out way too much to see that number go up a tenth or hundredth of a pound! I'm liable to say "Screw it, I guess I failed!" and go on a binge :(

08-02-2013, 03:29 PM
I have recently started weighing monthly after having previously been a multiple times a day weigher. I thought I had daily weighing under control but it truly did dictate how I did that day. "Oh, I had a good weigh in I can eat a little bit more" or "I had a terrible weigh in, I'm gunna eat this terrible thing." So I decided to skip weekly because I know weekly would mess with me too and go straight to monthly

08-02-2013, 03:53 PM
I think one of the upsides to weighing more than just weekly is that if you're doing something wrong in your diet, you'll discover it quicker by weighing/measuring more often. I just discovered that calories must be sneaking into my diet, since I saw that I've lost only 1/2 lb. in eight days at what I thought was 1500-ish calories a day - and I exercise and workout regularly. :?: So rather than stay blissfully ignorant of my glacially-slow weight loss for a full week, I'm changing things up now - to see what breaks loose. :D

I might add that I can calculate by how many calories I'm eating about how many pounds I should lose a week, and as long as I reach that weekly goal - no matter how I fluctuate during the week - I'm okay.

08-04-2013, 07:18 AM
Weekly, or every two weeks. Weight fluctuates so much, and for the silliest of reasons (drink 1 ounce of water > step on scale > has suddenly gained 1 lb o_O), that I stopped bothering my mind with that a long time ago.

08-05-2013, 04:54 AM
I weigh every week !!

08-05-2013, 08:19 AM
I weigh several times a day, and I don't find it at all discouraging, because I choose not to expect a loss every time. I also choose not to be surprised or upset by gains, even gains caused by off plan eating.

A recent study of many other weight loss studies found that more frequent weighing was linked to more weight loss. That doesn't mean some people may find less frequent weighing best, but it does prove that there's certainly nothing wrong, or inherently discouraging about daily weighing.

Discouragement is about unmet expectations. You can't be discouraged by the scale if you don't expect or hope to see a loss every time. If your hope is to "not gain," you can succeed more often. And if you define success even more broadly such as "to gain less than 2 lbs over the course of a day" (accounting for the weight of food and drink) you can succeed far more often than not.

Weighing frequently without guilt has been extremely liberating and motivating. The best decision I ever made was to step on the scale IMMEDIATELY after off-plan eating. Not as punishment, but as reassurance that I hadn't "blown" anything. It's impossible to gain more from food than the weight of the food, so weighing provides "worst case" feedback and saved me from "I've blown it for today, I might as well keep eating and start fresh tomorrow" logic.

I even would look forward to the next weighing to have another opportunity at "not gaining," which is now my focus.

Weighing 50 times a day can be healthy and motivating and weighing once a month can be discouraging and destructive. It all depends on what you expect and how you choose to interpret the scale's feedback.

It isn't the scale that is discouraging or encouraging, it's our own expectations and self talk.

08-06-2013, 07:48 PM
I try not to weigh myself daily or even weekly because a DROP in weight makes me sabotage myself. I see a drop and my mind goes, "That's awesome! Go and get those fries and milkshake you've been craving, you totally earned it!"

So I'm trying to weigh myself once a month now. But I know I'll just give in and check again tomorrow.

I guess that makes me a daily weigher.

08-06-2013, 08:11 PM
I weight myself daily so that I can see if I am slipping upward. If I am I can they do my best to work out more, eat less and try to at least maintain. I only log my weight weekly though so that I don't go completely mad!

Suzanne 3FC
08-06-2013, 08:51 PM
I weigh almost daily and it's possible that I always will. I feel like I need to either pat myself on the back or pay the piper, but never close my eyes to my weight. Accountability never ends.

08-07-2013, 06:27 PM
When I first started losing weight (almost 3 years ago), I only weighed in weekly. About 2 years in, I only weighed like once per month because I was trying to focus on healthy habits rather than the number on a scale. Presently, I weigh every day because I find that it's motivating for where I am now (with only 10-15 lbs left to lose).

I could never have weighed in every day when I first started losing weight, I think it would've driven me crazy seeing the daily fluctuations. Now, they don't bother me one bit because I know that if I eat a bowl of salty popcorn at night, the next morning I'll be up 2 lbs or so. I know I haven't actually gained 2 lbs, now it kind of makes me laugh at how much water really weighs! :p