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Weigh every day???

Thursday, November 14, 2019

7. Keep track of your progress. Weighing in at least once a day and keeping track of food intake is essential for most NWCR members."

NWCR National Weight Control Registry


I have heard lately to weigh everyday. Is this new?
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  • RUTHIEBEAR
    I do not weigh every day. I take a water pill so that makes my weight vary too much on a daily basis. I weigh once a week. I try not to obsess over it. I do keep track of all my food and exercise daily.
    28 days ago
  • WALLAHALLA
    It's just habit with me.
    28 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    I have weighed daily since I began the transition to maintenance in June 2014. For me, it works. It's provided me with a sense of what routine fluctuations look like, for me. And, I find it interesting. The weight is simply a data point and, for the most part, I do not identify with them. Trends over time is what I watch. The day-to-day isn't necessarily meaningful.

    Fellow maintainer BESSHAILE shared these words years ago and I love them:

    "The thing to remember about weighing daily is that if it is interesting, informative, challenging and detached - it's good. If it is depressing, frustrating, and shaming, it's bad. I think regular weighing is important so that you don't suddenly find yourself lots heavier than you thought you were - but daily weighing is only good if it is useful."
    28 days ago
  • THROOPER62
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    30 days ago
  • NASFKAB
    I have not heard about this.I feel it depends on one's own needs.
    30 days ago
  • DEE107
    the only ones I hear to weight each day is CHF congestive heart failure because if they gain 3 lbs in a day or 5 in a week is a big problem
    30 days ago
  • ALIHIKES
    I weigh in daily, but minor fluctuations don’t bother me.
    30 days ago
  • XNANNY
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    30 days ago
  • PWILLOW1
    I weigh every day. If I am lose I am proud and stay on track. If I am up I try harder. If it makes you want to give up then don't do it.
    30 days ago
  • KITTYHAWK1949
    You have to do what works for you. I'd always heard that you should only weigh once a week until recently when read that a large percent to those who keep the weight off weigh daily. I like the daily weigh-in.
    30 days ago
  • LITTLEWIND53
    I retain water so some days I can appear to gain 10 lbs in one day, or loose 5 or 10 pounds just as easily. Drives me crazy so I just weigh maximum once a week to keep track, but don't obsess over it...
    30 days ago
  • SPEDED2
    I quit weighing everyday. I was tired of my life being ruled by a machine.
    30 days ago
  • LINDAF49
    I also have congestive heart failure and need a daily morning weight to watch for fluid retention - I also am careful to gt in enough andnot too much fluid per day - I know there is typical ebb and flow of weight with my eating but keep dreaming it will go DOWN someday. Am going to change my macros a bit and see if that helps.
    30 days ago
  • RKOTTEK
    keeps you vigilant
    30 days ago
  • no profile photo MAMAX3SONS
    I think every day can be hard. Especially if you tend to be someone that might fluctuate more. It can be discouraging. Personally, 3 times a week max is good for me!
    30 days ago
  • TREKPURRSON
    My mom has to weigh herself every morning, as she has congestive heart failure, and a weight gain overnight of over 2 pounds means she has to take a Lasix (fluid pill"). I normally weigh myself every morning, and I record it on a daily calendar I keep in my bathroom. I also note meals out, exercise gotten on the same calendar, It helps me stay accountable. Once a week at TOPS, I weigh in, also. I do NOT weigh more than once a day, in the morning. If I forget, I skip it and wait til next morning. emoticon emoticon
    30 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
    i never weigh just go by how my pants fit
    30 days ago
  • NANCYPAT1
    It depends on who you are and how you react to the daily numbers. If the numbers become too important, the practice can be self- defeating. If you can realize that weight constantly fluctuates and that daily ups and downs are temporary (unless they are a same up call), perhaps it can be motivating.
    30 days ago
  • SUZIEEQ91
    Only if your doctor says to; otherwise seems most get too obsessed with it and end up giving up.There is other ways to determine your success i.e. clothes are looser. Track your food intake, drink lots of water and prepare healthy meals,snacks ahead
    30 days ago
  • NEVAPATE3
    Sometimes I weigh dailey and sometimes i dont
    30 days ago
  • INPRAYER
    I don't weigh every due to fluctuations. My weight can up as high as 4 lbs and that discourages me. So I weight once weekly and plot the numbers for a monthly average. Do what you feel most comfortable with. All the Best!
    30 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    I think it is whatever works for an individual. I prefer to weigh every 2-3 days as weight fluctuates on a daily basis. When I did Optifast (many, many years ago) they stressed we only do weekly weigh ins.
    30 days ago
  • SPICY23
    WESTERNSAGE is wise. Weigh daily if it doesn't make you crazy. After a while, the variability will seem normal and expected. If every little up distresses you, then maybe you need to weigh in less often. I think the only good rule is to check in often enough to recognize when one is veering off course so adjustments (corrections) can be implemented.
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    31 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    It makes me insane and want to give up. I don't agree with daily weights. Too much focus and frustration from the number on the scale
    31 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    If your doctor says daily weights it's one thing. However most people obsess over the number on the scale. My weight fluctuates by 5 lbs a day due to fluid retention, whether I'm constipated or any number of things. I'm supposed to do daily weights.
    31 days ago
  • WESTERNSAGE
    Opinions vary. Weighing daily works fine so long as one does not become obsessed with minute changes that are natural variations. As 1CRAZYDOG noted, looking at the trends can be helpful. I weigh daily - and being a retired administrative assistant, I track it on a spreadsheet and then run an average at the end of the month. Tracking those averages has been motivating and can keep me from being discouraged from an occasional daily gain which is usually the result of eating something that is particularly salty and increases water retention. We all have to make our own decisions on what is best for us.

    31 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    It depends on who you talk to. Some doctors have their patients weigh every day. If you have certain medical problems it is required.
    31 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    I hadn't heard that myself. But obviously, there is controversy about daily, weekly, monthly, etc.

    I do have to weigh in daily, but *I* just look @ the trend. That's it.
    31 days ago
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