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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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