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nlauah
03-04-2014, 11:18 AM
I think over the last few weeks I am becoming obsessed with the scale that I am unable to keep myself from weighing in everyday. Sometimes several times a day :( I am not actually upset pr bothered if there is no change but I need to weigh myself.. I tried to stay away from it and move to weighing in only on my official weigh in days but I am just not able to...

Is there anyone else who has felt this way and any ideas to get out of this habit ?

Please let me know


Paulitens
03-04-2014, 12:07 PM
Yeah, I weight myself every day, first thing in the morning. When I had just began dieting I did several times a day; I guess it was just another way of feeling in control. I told my husband about it and he put the scale away in the closet; I could obviously see it but I was too lazy to get on a step stool to get it, hahaha! After that week of "scale abstinence" I went back to weighing myself in only in the mornings like a regular dieting person.

I still don't take into consideration my daily weight ins though, because weight fluctuates SO much from one day to the next it would drive us nuts if we actually paid attention to those crazy numbers.

chubbybunny29
03-04-2014, 02:28 PM
I weigh every day, but don't let it get to me. If I have a day where I'm up a bit, I make myself think about why "Ok, I had beans at dinner and those always stay in my system and make me weigh heavier the next day". I find it encourages me to do well that day, whether I'm up or down.


LORRILYE1127
03-04-2014, 02:35 PM
I like to weigh myself daily as well. I like to see and study my patterns and how my weight fluctuates...sometimes it makes me mad but I feel more in control when I do it.

Waterbunny77
03-04-2014, 02:36 PM
The scale can drive person bonkers!! :dizzy::dizzy::dizzy:This is why I rarely weigh myself and also at the same time be able to stick to my program.

lotsakids
03-04-2014, 02:55 PM
I weigh everyday, but I don't expect a good number everyday. I judge my success or failure based on whether I've stayed on plan foodwise and whether I've done my exercise. The scale has way too many variables from water retention, to constipation, to who knows what. I weigh everyday because it reminds me to stay on plan. When I stop weighing myself it usually means I don't want to see the number because I've been off plan.

carter
03-04-2014, 03:31 PM
I think over the last few weeks I am becoming obsessed with the scale that I am unable to keep myself from weighing in everyday. Sometimes several times a day :( I am not actually upset pr bothered if there is no change but I need to weigh myself..

If you don't get upset by the result, what's the problem?

Lots of people weigh every day. Tracking daily fluctuations can be interesting and even helpful to some people. Daily weighing is not, by itself, a pathological behavior.

I also sometimes weigh myself more than once a day. I find it interesting some times to see how much my weight changes during the course of a normal day, or over night - I can drop as much as two pounds doing nothing but sleeping, respirating, and peeing in the morning. It's fascinating! And it helps me keep into perspective how easily meaningful fat loss is masked by other factors that contribute to my total weight at any given moment.

There are enough behaviors to fret about when one is trying to lose weight. Why fret over this one, if you're not bothered by the number you see?

Koshka
03-04-2014, 04:45 PM
I weigh daily. I read that research has generally shown that people who weigh daily do better on weight loss. The feedback is helpful in allowing people to self-correct. Here is one article:

https://globalhealth.duke.edu/media/news/daily-self-weighing-helps-study-participants-lose-weight

Of course, if weighing daily crazes someone so that they eat more then don't do it. But doesn't sound like it does that to you.

Liliann
03-04-2014, 06:21 PM
I am or should say now was a daily weigher, I weighed once a day and my home scale would move, but BOOM! my weight return back. Now am going to weigh weekly and just stay calm on my journey. Daily weigh ins is not for me. It works for most people, but not me..it hinders my efforts!

Good luck to you with your efforts!! :)

julie14401
03-04-2014, 07:07 PM
I weigh myself every day. I feel like this makes it easier to see trends over time. But keep in mind that your body composition is far more important than your weight. I just lost 2 pounds but those 2 pounds came entirely from muscle. I would have been better off being a little heavier and having more muscle. You want to lose fat not weight.

djs06
03-04-2014, 09:14 PM
Ah, I just posted about this on another forum today. It is starting to be a compulsion for me, to be honest, and I don't like how that feels. People came up with a few great suggestions:
1) store the scale elsewhere and ONLY take it out when you're weighing in for the week
2) take the batteries out of the scale, only put them back in for weekly weigh in
3) have someone else take the scale and put it somewhere

I'm gonna try the first two but I have a feeling that my behavior is ridiculous enough to merit #3..

Mer du Japon
03-04-2014, 10:28 PM
I used to weigh myself daily...I too became obsessed in the past. So I stopped weighing myself and within just a matter of weeks, I gained 10 lbs. daily weigh ins are the only way I can keep tabs on my weight, I've found it to be essential to my success.

madelinerose94
03-05-2014, 05:12 AM
I became very obsessed with the scale last year, to the actual point that it was ruining my mental health. I actually had to take a couple of months off my weight loss, because I was becoming so restrictive with my foods because I wanted the number on the scale to go down. I had to weigh myself pretty much everyday. After I stopped, I felt so much better, like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders.

Yes, it may be hard to stop weighing yourself, but it is worth it if you are becoming obsessed. You have to worry about your mental health as well. Don't let yourself become obsessed, I know from experience that it won't make you happy - just sad, obsessed and isolated.

Wannabeskinny
03-05-2014, 10:03 AM
It doesn't matter if anyone else says it's a good thing or it's a bad thing. What anyone else thinks about it should be completely irrelevant! There are pros and cons but none of those matter either!

Instead, try to focus on how you actually feel. Not on how you think you should feel, not on how you want to feel, not on whether someone else said you should feel. Really take stock of what this is doing to you. Are you feeling anxious before or after the scale? Does your mind wander back to what the scale said this morning? Does your heart sink when you see a .3lb gain? Do you get overly excited when you see a .7lb loss? Because to me that's not motivational at all. Those little numbers are meaningless and I'm tired of them affecting the rest of my day. But I can only speak for myself, I really sat and allowed myself to truly let that scale dictate my mood and therefore I'm letting it go. At the moment it's in my basement. I want to go and look at it but I'm doing my best to avoid it. I'm even annoyed that I feel this way. Nothing should cause this much stress!

Silverfire
03-05-2014, 10:24 AM
I weigh every day. Every morning, after I go to the bathroom, and nekked.

I like to track and graph these things too. I like that by weighing every day I can pick out trends to my weight loss. I get excited at a loss and it helps KEEP me on track for the day. Today for example was a gain. (3lbs!) But, I went out for dinner and drinks and dessert so it was to be expected. I don't let it get me down, it resolves my focus and I can only hope for a better number tomorrow.

You gotta do the thing that works the best for you. You can jump on that scale as many or as few times as you like really, just as long as it isn't messing with your head.

nlauah
03-06-2014, 09:48 AM
Hey thanks for all of you responses and inputs.. But I should say at the bottom of the heart it does matter and bother me a bit.. For instance, I had to eat out yesterday (after like 2 weeks) and made better choices though I wudnt call them great.. And today when I saw myself weigh in a pound more than I was yesterday I am upset.. but I also understand that I just cant stay away from social gatherings and will have these ups and downs.. But that moment when I saw that increase I was totally upset and cursed myself for doing what I did....

I am somewhere in between where some part of me clings on to that number on the scale while the other part understands the reality..

May be gotto have both balanced and go along...
Still confused :D

Wannabeskinny
03-06-2014, 10:27 AM
Hey thanks for all of you responses and inputs.. But I should say at the bottom of the heart it does matter and bother me a bit.. For instance, I had to eat out yesterday (after like 2 weeks) and made better choices though I wudnt call them great.. And today when I saw myself weigh in a pound more than I was yesterday I am upset.. but I also understand that I just cant stay away from social gatherings and will have these ups and downs.. But that moment when I saw that increase I was totally upset and cursed myself for doing what I did....

I am somewhere in between where some part of me clings on to that number on the scale while the other part understands the reality..

May be gotto have both balanced and go along...
Still confused :D

Of course it's confusing. But think of it as any relationship - sometimes you have to step away to figure out what's really best. I advise you to put it away for a few days, a week or so, maybe a month, just a pick a date and don't weigh yourself until that date. See you how feel along the way. You may come to really enjoy not knowing what you weigh today. It frees you up from a lot of guilt! And you can go back to it, it doesn't have to be forever.

We're all worried we'll become that lonely fat person who is in complete denial and hasn't stepped on a scale inn 17yrs. But that's not likely going to happen is it?

Arwen17
03-06-2014, 05:30 PM
I weight every day in the morning so I can catch my lowest number whatever day it chooses to happen.
But sometimes I'll get depressed if progress seems slow and, although I continue to weight everyday, I do it quickly and don't dwell on it for the rest of the day. I simply log the number and then ignore it. Once I'm feeling less depressed, those numbers are useful for seeing weight trends over time.

MauiKai
03-07-2014, 10:32 AM
I think daily weigh ins can be a good thing. In fact for ME, the only way I can stay on top of my weight is to check in daily. Only once, and in the morning before I eat. The rest of the day's weights would be totally off from the food/water in your system and they mean nothing so I never weigh more than once a day. The problem is that at a certain point I wander away from daily weigh ins and I end up back in weight ranges I don't want to ever be in again.

nlauah
03-07-2014, 10:41 AM
Thanks wannabeskinny..... I agree with you but I feel that I am losing the mind somewhere when there is a change... I think I should work on it :D

Thanks Arwen17... It helps to listen how others deal with it

nlauah
03-07-2014, 10:44 AM
Thanks Mauikai for the response.. I think I should first stick to the habit of daily just weighing myself only once...

SMeeker71
03-07-2014, 04:24 PM
I've been obsessing lately about the scale and getting on several times a week. My frustration is coming from not seeing any change over the past month. I've been watching what I eat and started exercising, but nothing is helping. I have actually gained a few pounds, and haven't lost any inches either.

Waterbunny77
03-07-2014, 10:15 PM
I've been obsessing lately about the scale and getting on several times a week. My frustration is coming from not seeing any change over the past month. I've been watching what I eat and started exercising, but nothing is helping. I have actually gained a few pounds, and haven't lost any inches either.

Are you keeping a journal of what you're eating daily? This may help and this is what I do. Without writing it down you could be eating more than you think. But keep at it, I wish you well.

Jenny222
03-08-2014, 01:31 PM
I weigh myself once a week so I don't get mad if I don't lose as much as I planned =)

Hamoco350
03-08-2014, 01:37 PM
I weigh myself once a week, because I don't want to give the scale more importance and significance than it deserves. To me, personally, once a week works really well. It keeps me from going overboard and getting upset over the normal fluctuations of my weight - which is a personal issue I struggle with, of course, so not everyone will have this problem. You gotta do what feels right and comfortable - if that means weighing daily, weighing weekly, or not weighing at all, you have to find that happy place that allows you to become healthier and lose weight without hurting your psyche.

My point is basically that it's different for everyone, and as far as the scale goes, there isn't one correct way to go about things.

nlauah
03-10-2014, 09:52 AM
Once again thanks for your inputs.. I am working towards it.. Hopefully will get there soon

circa83
03-11-2014, 10:34 PM
I work from home and have the same scale obsession. I also write my weight on the calendar each morning. It keeps me on my toes. If I wait a week I tend not to be as focused on eating right and exercising and I end up maintaining or gaining. I'd like to get back to weighing only once a day instead of more than once.

IanG
03-12-2014, 12:00 AM
The scale is your friend until you get closer to goal.

Weighing every day, in my opinion, is fine but doing it more than twice a day is foolish.

The best time to weigh is first thing in the morning, before you eat after a pee. In my experience, this is my lowest weight of the day.

If you must weigh again, do so before bed. Everyone is different, but I know I can lose 2-3lbs over night in water weight so I get a good heads-up on what to expect in the morning.

Weighing during the day is just a waste of time because of water and food weight.

This all works great until you get closer to goal. Then muscle mass can play a bigger role so you can lose fat but gain weight. Headache.

At 281lbs I was losing 0.5lbs per day six days out of seven.

So weighing daily was a huge motivation.

At 162.8lbs I go up and down like a yo-yo.

So weighing daily, not so much!