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How often do you weigh yourself?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 20, 2011 at 12:59 AM

Conventional wisdom says that long-term weight loss success stories by and large weigh themselves every day so that the slightest gain can be detected and reversed quickly.

Do those living the paleo lifestyle still weigh with similar frequency to nonpaleo weight loss success stories? How often do you weigh yourself? Is there any downside to weighing yourself daily? I like the idea of being generally aware of your body's status for better or for worse (especially with relationship to what you've eaten recently), but I also wonder how often is too often.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on May 25, 2011
at 05:32 PM

Agree 100%. Once you divorce yourself from the emotion of "the number" it is merely a data source from which you can better understand your body and what works best for it. It helps me know if what I'm doing is working or not.

E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on March 21, 2011
at 04:16 AM

I totally understand. I thought about this more after I posted it, and I think what I was really trying to convey is that obsessing daily over wight (or measurements, etc) is perhaps just another diversion. Data is good, but daily data for something like this can be really stressful. OMG, I'm up a pound today! I need to starve myself/cut back/this isn't working/whatever! when it might just really mean that water is being retained from too much salt or other situation. The scale might be better use weekly, or every 10-14 days, instead of daily. Weight loss is gradual, unlike daily fluctuations

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on March 21, 2011
at 02:49 AM

I can identify with the clothes fitting better being a great metric, especially for tweaks within a 10 or even 15 lb. rang. However, in my case, I was a size 8 pants, got pregnant, postpartum was size 12/14, and had been that size until going VLC this year. So I'm not close enough to my 8s yet to even squeeze into them (and thus judge whether they're getting looser)...for now the scale is my main barometer for progress. But trust me, I can't wait to get to the point where I can wriggle back in those pants and progressively do a happy dance whenever they're fitting a bit more loosely! ;-D

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on March 21, 2011
at 01:42 AM

Very nice answer.

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

(4111)

on March 21, 2011
at 12:57 AM

well for the data addicted, there is a new scale that will wirelessly send your weight to your smartphone--no need to write it down, enter the numbers, or use calculators! I don't remember the brand, but probably best that I don't1

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on March 20, 2011
at 07:13 PM

Yeah! I started logging AM and PM weights, and then I'm gonna start averaging like you said. The only thing is...I've gone from 142# down to about 132# in about 2 and half weeks...I think that might be the extent of my weight loss. So I don't know what kind of results I'm really gonna see. I don't want to go much below 130#.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on March 20, 2011
at 07:13 PM

I like your analogy. :)

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on March 20, 2011
at 07:10 PM

Some comedienne once stated something along the lines of, "You want a guaranteed way to get a woman naked? Put a scale in your living room. She'll be stripping down right as she steps through your doorway." :D

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 20, 2011
at 05:38 PM

Oh, I think I get it: "body composition." It took me a second though.

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(5639)

on March 20, 2011
at 05:13 PM

I just started logging my weigh-ins, and funnily enough it's in a "Composition Notebook." Ha!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:50 PM

I think keeping measurements is an awesome idea. I have always done both, that way if the scale slows down, but you are still losing inches it's helpful mentally. It also helps when buying clothes online! ;)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:42 PM

LOL, I should have read your answer first and known it would pretty much just be my answer. I worry I will wake up obese again someday, it's a weird thought, but I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop and to mess this up and gain everything back (I've done it before) so it helps remind me how far I've come too, it's not just a bad thing the scale.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 20, 2011
at 06:54 AM

@Texasleah, response to your comment to me. So here's an online one: http://www.weight-tracker.com/index4.php Guess I just could have used that ... But some of us enjoy using calculators for some reason!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on March 20, 2011
at 02:32 AM

This made me laugh - also a relief to know that I'm not the only one with the same morning weigh routine. :)

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

(4111)

on March 20, 2011
at 02:15 AM

I have hormonal and broken metabolism issues, so the pros of weighing every day out "weigh" the cons for me...as you say, a necessary means for now. But I don't plan on being tied to the scale for the rest of my life. I would also give it up if I were losing weight steadily, but I'm not that lucky.

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

(4111)

on March 20, 2011
at 02:11 AM

yes, the True Weight app does just that. There is also a moving average weight tracker on line for those that don't do iPhones.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:58 AM

@Familygrok: no, I don't think the same question had been asked. I think the other thread was just a general weight-loss thread or something like that. Even so ... I've never had such a great fear of duplicating questions.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:57 AM

@Familygrok: no, I don't think the same question had been asked. I think the other thread was just a general weight-loss thread or something like that. Even so, I've never had such a great fear of duplicating questions.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:34 AM

Hmmm...have you considered an every-other-day weighing? Chances of dissapointment go down at least 50%.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on March 20, 2011
at 01:32 AM

In my case there's still significant weight to lose - since buckling down and counting my carbs on 3/1, I'm about 15 lb. down, 30 to go. Sometimes I look forward to morning weigh in, but on the odd occasion that the scale has gone up instead of down it can get to me emotionally (as you hinted).

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:27 AM

I suspect the thing that Texasleah mentioned might be similar to this (simultaneous post!). The I-Phone version of my old-fashioned calculation.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on March 20, 2011
at 01:26 AM

You market it, Kamal, and I'll be first in line to buy! :-D

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on March 20, 2011
at 01:25 AM

I know what you mean about the emotional ties! That's why I wonder: is it potentially unnecessarily added stress to weigh daily - or a necessary means by which to keep myself motivated and in check in terms of striving for goals?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:24 AM

You know what would be cool? A scale that didn't tell you your weight. Rather, it keeps a one week running average, and tells you your average once a week. And if the average is lower than last week, it tells you "Congratulations, champ".

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on March 20, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Ooohh, I tried to check that the same question hadn't been asked. Has it?! I'll happily attempt a merge or close if so. Thanks for the rolling averages tip! It's a good one. I'll inch down in my numbers for a few days, and suddenly (without any particular calorie or carb surge that I can tell) weigh a pound more one day -- then the downward pattern might return.

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:06 AM

About 3 times a day. Once in the morning, once before a shower and then once before bed.

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Medium avatar

(12379)

on March 20, 2011
at 04:20 AM

To me the scale is my worst enemy. I used to be obsessed - but it just made me sad and made me hate myself. The number on the scale is so unimportant. What is important is how you feel. I haven't weighed myself since 3 weeks after my son was born - he's 20 months old now.

I have no idea how much I weigh - but I am back in all but one of my pairs of jeans from before I was preggo - so that is great to me! There are things about my body that I don't think that I will ever be able to change (without surgery). So I simply can't get down on myself for a number on the scale. A number that has haunted my since puberty. So for me - I have to avoid a scale.

I think the downside in weighing yourself daily is that change happens slowly sometimes, but it's still happening - if you are weighing yourself every day, you could get down on yourself easily.

I think it is a personal choice. But I think that you have to read the number with a grain of salt.

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47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:19 AM

Hi Familygrok, I gave a similar response on a thread once a long time back, but I don't know where, and I think it might be appropriate here.

When I was losing weight not only would I weigh myself every day, but I would also keep 5-day and 10-day averages of my weight. So with each new day I would add up the last five days' figures and divide by five, and also add up the last ten days' numbers and divide by ten. In a way this seems hyper-obsessive, but it ended up being less obsessive. Weight will fluctuate from day to day for the smallest and most insignificant reasons. This makes day-to-day changes in weight inevitable -- but also insignificant. If you pay too much attention to those day-to-day changes, you subject yourself to an emotional roller coaster that is totally unnecessary. If you only look at the five-day figure, or even better, the ten-day figure, you'll focus on the long-term trend only -- which is usually a very gradual downward curve -- and you'll free yourself from a great deal of worry. That was my experience at least.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:27 AM

I suspect the thing that Texasleah mentioned might be similar to this (simultaneous post!). The I-Phone version of my old-fashioned calculation.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:24 AM

You know what would be cool? A scale that didn't tell you your weight. Rather, it keeps a one week running average, and tells you your average once a week. And if the average is lower than last week, it tells you "Congratulations, champ".

Medium avatar

(5639)

on March 20, 2011
at 05:13 PM

I just started logging my weigh-ins, and funnily enough it's in a "Composition Notebook." Ha!

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

(4111)

on March 20, 2011
at 02:11 AM

yes, the True Weight app does just that. There is also a moving average weight tracker on line for those that don't do iPhones.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on March 20, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Ooohh, I tried to check that the same question hadn't been asked. Has it?! I'll happily attempt a merge or close if so. Thanks for the rolling averages tip! It's a good one. I'll inch down in my numbers for a few days, and suddenly (without any particular calorie or carb surge that I can tell) weigh a pound more one day -- then the downward pattern might return.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on March 20, 2011
at 01:26 AM

You market it, Kamal, and I'll be first in line to buy! :-D

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:57 AM

@Familygrok: no, I don't think the same question had been asked. I think the other thread was just a general weight-loss thread or something like that. Even so, I've never had such a great fear of duplicating questions.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:58 AM

@Familygrok: no, I don't think the same question had been asked. I think the other thread was just a general weight-loss thread or something like that. Even so ... I've never had such a great fear of duplicating questions.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 20, 2011
at 05:38 PM

Oh, I think I get it: "body composition." It took me a second though.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on March 20, 2011
at 07:13 PM

Yeah! I started logging AM and PM weights, and then I'm gonna start averaging like you said. The only thing is...I've gone from 142# down to about 132# in about 2 and half weeks...I think that might be the extent of my weight loss. So I don't know what kind of results I'm really gonna see. I don't want to go much below 130#.

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21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:12 AM

Since going paleo, I've weighed myself...never. Cavemen didn't have scales, right? Just kidding.

If you know what you're eating, and can see your body in the mirror, tracking progress isn't too hard. If you have lots of weight to lose, scales are great though. If you're trying to become Arnold Schwarzenneger, then calipers and scales are more important.

When I weighed myself daily, several years ago, it made me feel empowered. Then when I hit my lifting/bodybuilding goals, the weighing made me OCD and dissapointed. So it depends on where you're at, I guess.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:34 AM

Hmmm...have you considered an every-other-day weighing? Chances of dissapointment go down at least 50%.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on March 20, 2011
at 01:32 AM

In my case there's still significant weight to lose - since buckling down and counting my carbs on 3/1, I'm about 15 lb. down, 30 to go. Sometimes I look forward to morning weigh in, but on the odd occasion that the scale has gone up instead of down it can get to me emotionally (as you hinted).

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Medium avatar

on March 20, 2011
at 07:01 PM

I'm constantly tinkering with my diet, so I need to monitor weight and measurements to see the response to the changes. I've had a few theories that sounded good but were unequivocally lipogenic in practice. There's nothing wrong with gathering data, so long as you're using it for a useful purpose.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on March 21, 2011
at 01:42 AM

Very nice answer.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on May 25, 2011
at 05:32 PM

Agree 100%. Once you divorce yourself from the emotion of "the number" it is merely a data source from which you can better understand your body and what works best for it. It helps me know if what I'm doing is working or not.

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3b86c0d62c323da6e519a458d0c84414

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on March 20, 2011
at 04:57 PM

I weigh myself every single day. The period in my life where I didn't do that was the one in which I gained many, many pounds.

You would never embark on a long journey without a map, right? For me, the scale is my map.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on March 20, 2011
at 07:13 PM

I like your analogy. :)

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74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on March 20, 2011
at 02:28 AM

I weigh myself daily, every morning. After losing over a hundred pounds still struggling with honoring my intuition (ED + vegetarianism broke my inner satiety meter), I find that weighing myself daily keeps me in check. Yes, unpleasant numbers can make me cross, but I know how to lose weight and reverse upward trends.

Once a week weighing would not work for me because I would obsess over the fluctuations -- was it a salty meal last night, or am I spontaneously breaking out in a severe case of fat-itis? Plus, I'm a numbers nerd, and tracking keeps me happy. Not to overshare, but it also entertains me to weigh myself before and after a healthy potty. :D

I'm hoping to get to the point one day where I am at peace with myself and my body and no longer need to micromanage my weight, but until I get there, I'll keep on tracking. :)

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on March 20, 2011
at 02:32 AM

This made me laugh - also a relief to know that I'm not the only one with the same morning weigh routine. :)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:42 PM

LOL, I should have read your answer first and known it would pretty much just be my answer. I worry I will wake up obese again someday, it's a weird thought, but I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop and to mess this up and gain everything back (I've done it before) so it helps remind me how far I've come too, it's not just a bad thing the scale.

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Cc2a43461ec5b2b7ba5d55215ea0f068

on March 20, 2011
at 07:26 PM

I'm weighed at the doctor's office because they seem to think it's important. Personally, I go by how my clothes fit and what size they are. I'm fairly active and have been losing fat, but gaining muscle, so a scale would skew it. But, I can tell the difference - and so can a lot of other people.

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B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

(3159)

on March 20, 2011
at 03:05 PM

Never.

I gave my scale to goodwill (though, I'm now a bit saddened that it may negatively impact someone). One of the best things I ever did to my body and my mind.

No more "Aw man, but I did so well this week.", "Geez louise, why do I still weigh the same?", frustration, cutting back, and most importantly no more ignoring the signals my body is giving me.

If I'm hungry I eat. If I'm full I stop. It is a process. Sometimes I eat too much and feel too full. I own the feeling, I listen to what it feels like physiologically and mentally and I know better next time. You learn the most from your mistakes.

I don't know if I have lost weight since paleo (though I guess one could go by clothe size, but I also believe I've gained muscle, essentially I'm still the same clothe size but things fit differently). I focus on how I feel. I listen to my body and frankly, I highly suggest tossing your scales if it seems to lead to the mental set I mentioned above.

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on May 25, 2011
at 04:32 PM

I decided at some point that I am in lifelong recovery from e.d.,and do not weigh myself ever. It was just too easy to spiral into the whole hating my body, punishment thing. If I feel good, and my clothes fit well, I strive to be at peace with myself. Occasionally, I will use a tape measure, but even that can get too obsessive quickly. Like others have stated, Grok didn't measure his body, and if you're eating right and moving your body, and taking time to play with people you love, maybe you don't need to either!

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E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on March 21, 2011
at 02:26 AM

Never. I pay attention to the way my clothes fit and my energy levels. fluctuations of 3 or so pounds often aren't a sign of weigh gain or loss, but just water levels. I see the doctor every three months and get weighted then. I just want to look and feel healthy and not worry about assigning some number to that like I used to do, and the day to day "Pass/Fail" system isn't really very helpful to me. My goals used to be about hitting a number, but instead, fitting into certain clothes. I've also always weighed what CW considered very high for my height, but defied my actual size since I looked fantastic and in small sizes. No idea why, but CW can be misleading.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on March 21, 2011
at 02:49 AM

I can identify with the clothes fitting better being a great metric, especially for tweaks within a 10 or even 15 lb. rang. However, in my case, I was a size 8 pants, got pregnant, postpartum was size 12/14, and had been that size until going VLC this year. So I'm not close enough to my 8s yet to even squeeze into them (and thus judge whether they're getting looser)...for now the scale is my main barometer for progress. But trust me, I can't wait to get to the point where I can wriggle back in those pants and progressively do a happy dance whenever they're fitting a bit more loosely! ;-D

E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on March 21, 2011
at 04:16 AM

I totally understand. I thought about this more after I posted it, and I think what I was really trying to convey is that obsessing daily over wight (or measurements, etc) is perhaps just another diversion. Data is good, but daily data for something like this can be really stressful. OMG, I'm up a pound today! I need to starve myself/cut back/this isn't working/whatever! when it might just really mean that water is being retained from too much salt or other situation. The scale might be better use weekly, or every 10-14 days, instead of daily. Weight loss is gradual, unlike daily fluctuations

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95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

(2206)

on March 20, 2011
at 10:49 PM

I've never been a scale person, so pretty much my entire life I've only been weighed at the doctor's office. I had an appointment two weeks ago, but prior to that it had been a good three years since I had been weighed. I was super surprised at the results. Turns out I weigh more now than at almost any recorded point in my life, including when I gained twenty-five pounds from birth control, despite my clothes falling off me lately, dropping a bra cup size and everyone I know regularly commenting on how much weight I've lost. Either I put on more than I realized in those couple of years prior to eating paleo or it's the muscle I've gained. Probably a combination of both. I'm sure being weighed in my full Maine winter outfit didn't help much either.

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Bbd50c115fa066bea3ac23a4e82447ff

(558)

on March 20, 2011
at 05:02 PM

I'm trying to lose fat, not pounds, and no longer weigh myself. I found that it really altered my feelings about the day if I gained or lost weight...and most of the time, when the scale changed, it was due to water loss/gain and when I'd last eaten or had a bowel movement. I'm trying my best to eat a low carbohydrate paleo diet, and happiness or disappointment about my weight isn't going to change that. Perhaps if I were just doing this for weight loss, and wanted to compare how this worked for me versus another style of eating weighing myself would be helpful, but as I plan to eat this way for life, it isn't.

I am enjoying the looser clothes and hope that continues, but I know all I can do for that is be consistent and let time pass!

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on March 20, 2011
at 01:37 PM

I have read as many books/articles on long term weight loss maintenance as I can find (there aren't many) and EVERY ONE says to weigh yourself daily. Having kept my 100+lb weight loss off for over 3 years (the first 3 working on losing it) I have to say I absolutely agree.

When I avoid the scale, there is always a reason. I may miss a day here and there because I WILL NOT WEIGH MYSELF UNLESS I AM NAKED. But if I find I haven't been weighing myself for a couple of days (or not tracking my food) I am generally hiding from myself and what I know is going on. It is always when things aren't going well that I avoid either.

That said, I weigh myself first thing in the morning before I get dressed and usually weigh myself when I get home and change from work clothes into play clothes. Basically, if I find myself naked in the bathroom, I will weigh myself.

I've wondered if I get obsessive about it and maybe I am a little bit. But what I try to not let happen, is I don't let what I see on the scale affect my next meal or my exercise immediately. So if I'm up 2lbs, I won't restrict myself or go run 2 miles. I used to do stuff like that.

When I was super crazy about the weight thing, what I did was I charted my weight from 3 different times a day. I left the notebook in the bathroom and wrote down the time/weight each time. What it taught me is that my weight can vary as much as zero to five pounds sometimes within a day, so not to freak out too much about a pound or two.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on March 20, 2011
at 07:10 PM

Some comedienne once stated something along the lines of, "You want a guaranteed way to get a woman naked? Put a scale in your living room. She'll be stripping down right as she steps through your doorway." :D

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64242a1130eb51f4852f78beed38b3d5

(1343)

on March 20, 2011
at 03:58 AM

I take try to go by the fit of my clothes instead of the scale. I'd say I weigh in at least once a week. There have been times where I do it every day, for example when I went a whole week on a meal a day. I weighed in daily. Unless you are going for a particular goal I wouldn't sweat the scales.

I have a belt that I had to add holes to. This is better than a scale.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 25, 2011
at 05:17 PM

I weigh myself every time I lift. Usually three times per week. I like knowing, yes. I'm trying to gain weight and muscle so. If you're trying to lose I think a mirror and camera are far better than a scale.

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20888)

on May 25, 2011
at 04:50 PM

I see no problem with weighing yourself every day or multiple times a day, but you have to understand measurement error and noise and know how to get rid of that. There are many source of error and noise out there. First, most consumer grade scales are only precise to +/-0.6 lbs. So while they imply accuracy to the 0.1 lb by putting the tenth of a pound on the display, they really only work in 0.6lb increments. I know in the morning I either weigh 177.6, 178.2, or 178.8, but nothing else in between. Another source of error is a pint of water weighs 1lb. I know I can drink a pint of water in about 3 seconds after a workout, and it's so easy to be + or - a pint or two of water at any given time of the day. So you really can't say "I gained/lost 2 pounds today" because yesterday you could have been a pint low on water and today your a pint high.

There are many strategies to this, I always just round my weight to the nearest 5 lbs, because anything else isn't meaningful when you count all of the errors and noise.

Someone above mentioned doing a running 5 day average, that's also a very good method. Roughly, if you average N data points you get sqrt(N) more accuracy in your result.

But remember, todays measurement should count more than last week's measurement, so a really good way to do this is to use exponential decay averaging, you can look that up in The Hacker's Diet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hacker's_Diet), most of what he says is crap (calories in, calories out nonsense), but he understands measurements, so it's a good start.

Though, really in the end the MOST important thing is how do you look, feel, and perform (courtesy Robb Wolf), the number on the scale is just a number and doesn't tell you very much. I just use it because I'm a data freak, I know that if I start to be consistently over 180 lbs, that it's time to start cutting back on the macadamia nuts, and if it's under 175 I can be less strict. But it never affects me emotionally on any given day. It's just another input.

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on March 21, 2011
at 01:35 PM

I weigh myself most days. I don't compulsively weigh myself every day, but I enjoy seeing what the scale says. As most everyone has said, you can't obsess over it. I find it interesting to see the change in weight from day to day and I have learned not to consider it a failure if suddenly it's jumped up a couple pounds.

By weighing myself often, I've been able to recognize trends and I've come to expect that certain conditions will cause the scale to move in one direction or the other, but for the most part these movements aren't permanent. Permanent changes to the scale seem to come from a long-term change in either diet or exercise, not a weekend binge or a single day of fasting.

If you're comfortable with it, I think the scale can be a useful tool. If you find yourself obsessing and climbing onto an emotional roller coaster, it might be best to hide it out of sight. 8)

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on March 20, 2011
at 03:54 PM

Can any of you actually say with any certainty what your optimum weight should be, and for which time of the day. Even height fluctuates throughout the day with the pull of gravity. I have yet to see any scale or weight chart published which accurately sets out what I should weigh. Weight is dynamic for all sorts of reasons.

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(25482)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:45 PM

in the beginning of getting healthy you should do it daily as soon as you rise......once your gut health is back and youre leptin sensitive then you can back down to q three days......I believe if you can measure outcomes you do so........that is how you generate results and how you learn as much as you can about your body and how it reacts to what you are putting in your ferrari.

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on March 20, 2011
at 01:24 PM

I use a measuring tape.

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(18701)

on March 20, 2011
at 01:50 PM

I think keeping measurements is an awesome idea. I have always done both, that way if the scale slows down, but you are still losing inches it's helpful mentally. It also helps when buying clothes online! ;)

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(15239)

on March 20, 2011
at 04:08 AM

i have 50 more pounds to lose, to start. after that, ill start tweeking to see where my body is most happy. that said, i weigh myself every day- as soon as i get up and after i pee. like many (women, mostly) have said, its very emotional. going up will ruin my day, going down will make me feel like im walking on the moon. and im not even doing paleo just for weight loss- its just supposed to be an added benefit. i hate that that emotional roller coaster is still there, but with so much weight left to lose i need to be on top of things.

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on March 20, 2011
at 03:58 AM

I don't own a scale. But I like to jump on my MIL's when we're over there for dinner - so once every couple weeks? I am trying to maintain what I have gained so far and gain more, I like to see the numbers where they should be.

Mirror tells me more, though.

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072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on March 20, 2011
at 03:53 AM

I weigh myself a couple of times a week. I am trying to gain a few pounds to add some strength and muscle. I get discouraged if the scale heads down a few days in a row, which can negatively affect an otherwise good day or how I feel overall. I have not done it, but I recommend ditching the scale. Going with how you feel and the conventional wisdom "how your pants fit" is a far better approach.

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on March 20, 2011
at 01:17 AM

I weigh every morning as I am trying to lose weight and have hit a plateau. If the number goes up it is very discouraging and really can be detrimental to my outlook and mood for the day. However at this point I am still learning so much about how certain foods affect my weight that it helps me learn which foods, workouts etc affect me in what way, so I will continue to do so. I use the iPhone app True Weight which keeps a moving average in a nice graph display so that helps to show that I am making progress and keep me on track. One day I will make it to my best health/weight/composition and then I will probably only weigh once a month if ever. As paleohacks as my witness, one day I will be one of those no weigh, no measure, no counting maintenance people! ;)

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on March 20, 2011
at 01:25 AM

I know what you mean about the emotional ties! That's why I wonder: is it potentially unnecessarily added stress to weigh daily - or a necessary means by which to keep myself motivated and in check in terms of striving for goals?

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(4111)

on March 20, 2011
at 02:15 AM

I have hormonal and broken metabolism issues, so the pros of weighing every day out "weigh" the cons for me...as you say, a necessary means for now. But I don't plan on being tied to the scale for the rest of my life. I would also give it up if I were losing weight steadily, but I'm not that lucky.

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(4111)

on March 21, 2011
at 12:57 AM

well for the data addicted, there is a new scale that will wirelessly send your weight to your smartphone--no need to write it down, enter the numbers, or use calculators! I don't remember the brand, but probably best that I don't1

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(9647)

on March 20, 2011
at 06:54 AM

@Texasleah, response to your comment to me. So here's an online one: http://www.weight-tracker.com/index4.php Guess I just could have used that ... But some of us enjoy using calculators for some reason!

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