(Closed) How often do you weigh yourself?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 16
747 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

liaeona:  hi! I weigh myself first thing every morning after I pee 🙂 

You sweat out water weight while you sleep and your body burns up the last of its fuel while you sleep too so you always weigh less in the morning. 

This keeps me accountable to my daily plan. And motivated when I see small losses every few days. 

Post # 17
9733 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Never. I go by how things fit and how I look in the mirror.

I found that when I weighed myself I was obsessed with getting the number smaller and smaller. I remember I spent a night throwing up because I was sick and was super excited the next morning when I weighed because I had hit 120lbs. After that I decided I needed to stop weighing myself.

Post # 18
1296 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE

I weigh myself every morning before I eat, to track the fluctuations. I log my weight in MFP, but only when it lowers past the last weight I logged, which is about every week. Fluctuations in weight are a part of being alive, we’re a system that is constantly fluctuating by using and receiving fuel through food and exercise. If I only weighed myself once a week I know I’d be paranoid I’d caught myself on an “off” day and be miserable.

I’ve lost 15 pounds since January 🙂

Post # 19
3093 posts
Sugar bee

Havent weighed myself in probably a year. I just go by how  my clothes fit and how I look.

Post # 20
1312 posts
Bumble bee

liaeona:  I weigh myself every morning (after going pee, and before eating/drinking anything). I’m trying to lose weight so I like seeing the fluctuations; but I only record a loss once the number sticks for a few days. 

Post # 21
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think that if the scale posed a problem for you before, then once a week is plenty. 

If it helps, I do WW and they do weekly weigh-ins and typically discourage daily weigh-ins because of the fact that your body does fluctuate (+/- as much as 5 pounds!) and this is oftentimes more discouraging than just “data” for most members. The members that DO weigh themselves daily are usually veteran “lifetime” members who have been at their goal weight for years–they’re better equipped to understand the tiny fluctuations and not have it affect their emotional stability. 

Post # 22
1063 posts
Bumble bee

Every 2-3 days. Like a PP said, if you start seeing the number go up, it’s easier to jump on it. 

Post # 23
444 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

never ever ever. I stay as far away from that satantrap as I can.

Even when I’m at my smallest and I look amazing I am still a REALLY high number on the scale. The scale basically says I’m overweight when I really looked like I weighed 135. So it was soooo depressing getting on the scale and seeing a high number (sometimes even higher than people who actually ARE overweight) and I literally hated my body for it.

Now I just measure. People always ask how I can track my progress if I never weigh myself but measuring actually gives me a better indication of my progress anyway.

Post # 24
2633 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

liaeona:  If you really want to track progress I don’t think weight is a very accurate measurment. 

If your’re trying to get your body smaller (think smaller dress size) then track your measurments, bust, waist and hips. 

If you’re cool with your size and just want to tone up and get more muscle then just don’t measure anything and use visual ques as an indicator of progress…or you can get your body fat percentage measured. 



Post # 25
3407 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I think probably every day or every other day. Normally first thing in the morning, or last thing at night. I don’t mind the fluctuations and I like to be aware.

Post # 26
1761 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

leekissesme:  please stop. It will feel so much better. 🙂 I don’t own a scale OR a full length mirror. (since I was 18.)  It is the best thing I can do for my body image, quite honestly and I highly reccommend it to anyone who feels bad about themselves after weighing in.

Only complaint? When I actually do need to know what my oufit looks like. Um, iMac photobooth kinda helps. 


just to avoid misunderstanding: this advice is meant for folks who don’t feel motivated and positive after being on the scales. (instead feel obsessed and bad about themselves) I personally am one of those folks who can’t step on a scale regularly and still maintain a healthy self-image. 

Post # 27
2925 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

ElephantAndTheFlea:  Good for you!  15 lb is a great accomplishment!

I have a nasty relationship with the scale.  I was weighing myself daily and beating myself up about the fluctuations not fully understanding they were completely normal.  My boyfriend hid my scale for a while, but I was much more anxious only weighing myself once a week, also afraid that it wasn’t a completely accurate number.  He gave me my scale back and now that I’ve been back to weighing daily, the fluctuations don’t freak me out as much as before.

I also take my measurements every few weeks and I just took them a couple of days ago and was shocked that they were less than before, even though it wasn’t necessarily reflected on the scale.

My way may not work for everyone but it works for me.

Post # 28
1066 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Every morning when I wake up on weekdays like a crazy person. 

Post # 29
123 posts
Blushing bee

Every morning.

If I don’t, I find myself getting discouraged and lose track of the goal. I track my weight so I can also see a graph with a downward slope which really helps. For what it’s worth, I’ve lost 20 pounds since February 1st ~9% of my bodyweight.

Post # 30
236 posts
Helper bee

When I am trying to lose weight I weigh daily, but I only record weight weekly because I know I fluctuate and I find it frustrating recording a higher weight. When I am at maintenance I about once a week in the morning but not the same day.

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