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Old 07-02-2006, 10:42 AM   #31
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I weigh in on Sunday mornings,, Remember this is not ONLY about losing weight. the way I look at it, is this,, I am changing my life to make better and healthier decisions, the weight loss is the bonus.. I have only been on one other diet in my life, I lost 100 lbs on it, BUT the only reason I chose to diet was to lose weight not to change. so when I lost my weight ,, I did not know what to do next. So with out further ado. I failed the plan, It did not fail me, so this time round. Weight loss is not the total aggenda, learning to live and eat healthy for the rest of my life is my goal... Good Luck
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Old 07-02-2006, 11:31 AM   #32
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I agree, it's all about being healthy, what ever that means to you. I personally had also lost over 100 with the wrong ideas. Since then I have learned that there are mutiple reasons why my weight changes day to day.

I would drive myself insane if I weighed every day. Numbers seem to do a mental "job" on me. Once a week is enough for me, but if you can reason logically, (not excuses when you really messed up) about the changes and it does nothing to your sense of being then it's probably not a problem. That's always your choice.
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I weigh every day. I don't think it is that important, really, when you are losing weight to do that - I just can't help myself.

It is really important, at least for me, to weigh every day when maintaining weight. I have a range - say 125-130 - which allows for normal weight fluctuations. When I get towards the upper end of that range, I really buckle down for a few days or a week until I am heading back down.

After getting pregnant 3 times in 4 years and having soooo much weight to lose, it really is much easier to lose 4 or 5 pounds than 10 or more (or 50!).

Just my 2 cents.
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Old 07-03-2006, 03:01 AM   #34
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Well I disagree that there are "lots of reasons not to do this" But people do have different reactions to it so my theory is weigh as often as YOU want to! I weigh every day when I am at work since that is where the scales are. I don't see any big advantage to NOT doing so and I want to know my progress and where I stand.
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I weigh daily. I know weight fluctuates and do this because weighing once a week might hit the day my weight is up! The best thing to do is average if you weigh daily.
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Good point, Ruth. I too would get discouraged if I weighed once a WEEK and it was up! On the daily stuff I expect it and it is a nice surprise when I drop a pound or two! Plus I don't let the scale control my moods!
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Old 09-08-2006, 06:32 PM   #37
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Default Phase 1 - how often do you weigh yourself?

I started Phase 1 on Monday. So far this is fairly easy. I did eat two bites of some french bread without even realizing it. But other than that I have been on plan and feeling satisfied.

Yesterday (day 4) I was down 3 lbs. Today I am back up 1/2 lb. I am making myself crazy but I like the discipline of weighing myself to keep me accountable.

Should I step away from the scale?
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Old 09-08-2006, 08:21 PM   #38
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I generally only weigh in once a week.... but I too am in phase 1 (day 11 to be exact!) and have stepped on the scale more often than that. The first week was frustrating b/c I didn't think the weight was coming off as quickly as I would have liked for how hard I was working, but now I'm making up for it. I've been checking the scale every 3rd day or so, but promised myself yesterday that I would stay off of it until Saturday, my "official" weigh in day. Those little 1/2 pound fluctuations are so frustrating, so that's why I'm trying to stay away from the scale.

So....clear as mud, right? I think most experts recommend once a week but I guess it's better to cheat by stepping on the scale every few days than by sneaking some ice cream

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This morning the 1/2 lb is gone. So, Yippee!! At this rate I am not going to get to the 8 to 12 lbs in Phase 1 but I don't mind. I am feeling good and I am down 3 lbs. I am starting to think I can do this.
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I only weigh once a week, but now I am curious...I may have to weigh myself just to check it out...fingers crossed
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There can be so much shifting one day to the next.
I usually weigh myself once a week. I don't have a scale at home and weigh myself at work - I work in a medical clinic. When I worked out at the Y on a regular basis, I weighed myself there, naked, same time every week.

Right now I'm off work for 3 weeks, though I did weigh myself when I went in to pick up mail.

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I'm actually on PII, but I weigh myself every morning. It's always after I pee and before I eat. For me, daily weighing helps me stay on track. If you start stressing out about every 1/2 lb fluctuation, maybe cut back to every other day...
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I weigh myself everyday. I think its all a personal preference on how much you weigh yourself but know that your weight fluctuates so dont freak out over half a pound. I am on south beach as of this morning so if i need any thing in the next few days i may be bothering yall quite a bit. Thanks in advance
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Old 09-11-2006, 12:50 PM   #45
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I am not doing SouthBeach but DH is and here is an article about how the scale lies:

Why The Scale Lies by Renee Cloe,
ACE Certified Personal Trainer

We’ve been told over an over again that daily weighing is unnecessary, yet many of us can’t resist peeking at that number every morning. If you just can’t bring yourself to toss the scale in the trash, you should definitely familiarize yourself with the factors that influence it’s readings. From water retention to glycogen storage and changes in lean body mass, daily weight fluctuations are normal. They are not indicators of your success or failure. Once you understand how these mechanisms work, you can free yourself from the daily battle with the bathroom scale.

Water makes up about 60% of total body mass. Normal fluctuations in the body’s water content can send scale-watchers into a tailspin if they don’t understand what’s happening. Two factors influencing water retention are water consumption and salt intake. Strange as it sounds, the less water you drink, the more of it your body retains. If you are even slightly dehydrated your body will hang onto it’s water supplies with a vengeance, possibly causing the number on the scale to inch upward. The solution is to drink plenty of water.

Excess salt (sodium) can also play a big role in water retention. A single teaspoon of salt contains over 2,000 mg of sodium. Generally, we should only eat between 1,000 and 3,000 mg of sodium a day, so it’s easy to go overboard. Sodium is a sneaky substance. You would expect it to be most highly concentrated in salty chips, nuts, and crackers. However, a food doesn’t have to taste salty to be loaded with sodium. A half cup of instant pudding actually contains nearly four times as much sodium as an ounce of salted nuts, 460 mg in the pudding versus 123 mg in the nuts. The more highly processed a food is, the more likely it is to have a high sodium content. That’s why, when it comes to eating, it’s wise to stick mainly to the basics: fruits, vegetables, lean meat, beans, and whole grains. Be sure to read the labels on canned foods, boxed mixes, and frozen dinners.

Women may also retain several pounds of water prior to menstruation. This is very common and the weight will likely disappear as quickly as it arrives. Pre-menstrual water-weight gain can be minimized by drinking plenty of water, maintaining an exercise program, and keeping high-sodium processed foods to a minimum.

Another factor that can influence the scale is glycogen. Think of glycogen as a fuel tank full of stored carbohydrate. Some glycogen is stored in the liver and some is stored the muscles themselves. This energy reserve weighs more than a pound and it’s packaged with 3-4 pounds of water when it’s stored. Your glycogen supply will shrink during the day if you fail to take in enough carbohydrates. As the glycogen supply shrinks you will experience a small imperceptible increase in appetite and your body will restore this fuel reserve along with it’s associated water. It’s normal to experience glycogen and water weight shifts of up to 2 pounds per day even with no changes in your calorie intake or activity level. These fluctuations have nothing to do with fat loss, although they can make for some unnecessarily dramatic weigh-ins if you’re prone to obsessing over the number on the scale.

Otherwise rational people also tend to forget about the actual weight of the food they eat. For this reason, it’s wise to weigh yourself first thing in the morning before you’ve had anything to eat or drink. Swallowing a bunch of food before you step on the scale is no different than putting a bunch of rocks in your pocket. The 5 pounds that you gain right after a huge dinner is not fat. It’s the actual weight of everything you’ve had to eat and drink. The added weight of the meal will be gone several hours later when you’ve finished digesting it.

Exercise physiologists tell us that in order to store one pound of fat, you need to eat 3,500 calories more than your body is able to burn. In other words, to actually store the above dinner as 5 pounds of fat, it would have to contain a whopping 17,500 calories. This is not likely, in fact it’s not humanly possible. So when the scale goes up 3 or 4 pounds overnight, rest easy, it’s likely to be water, glycogen, and the weight of your dinner. Keep in mind that the 3,500 calorie rule works in reverse also. In order to lose one pound of fat you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in. Generally, it’s only possible to lose 1-2 pounds of fat per week. When you follow a very low calorie diet that causes your weight to drop 10 pounds in 7 days, it’s physically impossible for all of that to be fat. What you’re really losing is water, glycogen, and muscle.

This brings us to the scale’s sneakiest attribute. It doesn’t just weigh fat. It weighs muscle, bone, water, internal organs and all. When you lose "weight," that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve lost fat. In fact, the scale has no way of telling you what you’ve lost (or gained). Losing muscle is nothing to celebrate. Muscle is a metabolically active tissue. The more muscle you have the more calories your body burns, even when you’re just sitting around. That’s one reason why a fit, active person is able to eat considerably more food than the dieter who is unwittingly destroying muscle tissue.

Robin Landis, author of "Body Fueling," compares fat and muscles to feathers and gold. One pound of fat is like a big fluffy, lumpy bunch of feathers, and one pound of muscle is small and valuable like a piece of gold. Obviously, you want to lose the dumpy, bulky feathers and keep the sleek beautiful gold. The problem with the scale is that it doesn’t differentiate between the two. It can’t tell you how much of your total body weight is lean tissue and how much is fat. There are several other measuring techniques that can accomplish this, although they vary in convenience, accuracy, and cost. Skin-fold calipers pinch and measure fat folds at various locations on the body, hydrostatic (or underwater) weighing involves exhaling all of the air from your lungs before being lowered into a tank of water, and bioelectrical impedance measures the degree to which your body fat impedes a mild electrical current.

If the thought of being pinched, dunked, or gently zapped just doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry. The best measurement tool of all turns out to be your very own eyes. How do you look? How do you feel? How do your clothes fit? Are your rings looser? Do your muscles feel firmer? These are the true measurements of success. If you are exercising and eating right, don’t be discouraged by a small gain on the scale. Fluctuations are perfectly normal. Expect them to happen and take them in stride. It’s a matter of mind over scale.

So if you can deal with daily fluctuations and not let the ups and downs get you weigh as often as you like but most people and weight loss programs recommend once a week at the same time of day.
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