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  • madscientist
    started a topic How often should you weigh yourself

    How often should you weigh yourself

    One of my problems with dieting is that I'm an obsessive weight checker. I weigh myself daily, sometimes more than once a day. I know that this is excessive and too much but I don't know how often I should do it so that it still motivates me and I can make sure I'm on track. Is it every few days? A week? Every two weeks? A month (though I doubt I could wait that long)? How often is best and why is it best? Thanks!

  • madscientist
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    Originally posted by ChristySmiles View Post

    I agree. Weighing yourself daily can really cut through your motivation because your weight will fluctuate due to gaining and losing water weight. You're really not going to start getting accurate readings until the first couple of weeks. So try not to get discouraged when it comes to the scale. Use it as a tool, not as a rule to live by.
    Thanks! Will do. I gotta say, it's hard not to weigh myself everyday, but I'm gonna just not do it. I'll weigh myself once a week and trust what the scale tells me. Thanks for the tip to use that scale as a tool. For some reason, thinking about it like that makes a lot of sense and has helped me to stop feeling pressured to keep checking lol.

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  • ChristySmiles
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    Originally posted by legendarytroy View Post
    Once a week is good or even once every two weeks. Less is more with this approach. The more you weigh yourself the less accurate of a reading you'll get and the harder it can be on our confidence.
    I agree. Weighing yourself daily can really cut through your motivation because your weight will fluctuate due to gaining and losing water weight. You're really not going to start getting accurate readings until the first couple of weeks. So try not to get discouraged when it comes to the scale. Use it as a tool, not as a rule to live by.

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  • legendarytroy
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    Once a week is good or even once every two weeks. Less is more with this approach. The more you weigh yourself the less accurate of a reading you'll get and the harder it can be on our confidence.

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  • Nelly
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    I think it's best to do it once a week. Anymore than that and you're being a little obsessive, and, more importantly, you're only likely to hurt your progress because you'll see your weight fluctuate, so you're likely to think that you are gaining and losing a lot, even though ti's just your water weight going up and down. Also, weigh yourself first thing in the morning and weigh yourself only once. Record the number and that way you can track your progress weekly.

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