Wednesday, June 16, 2010

To Scale or not to Scale?

Followers:

I have a debate going on here at my office. Someone told me I needed a scale at my house (I don't currently own one) to keep myself in check with this whole weight loss regime. His arguments made total sense and I liked the thought of it.

Shortly thereafter this first conversation, another person in my office said I should ABSOLUTELY NOT (said very emphatically) have a scale at my house. That weighing myself only once a week at the doctor's office will be enough. Reasoning is weight fluctuates, especially a woman's weight, and weighing yourself on a daily/semi-daily/hourly basis will only be discouraging.

What are your thoughts on this? I'm genuinely wondering!

9 comments:

Doug and Cherai said...

Buy a good digital scale. I weigh myself all the time. More than most but I think it helps me keep it under control better. I would hate to wait a week to find out how I did. That's just me though.

Jenna said...

Some randomness - I have always heard that you should not weight yourself too often. I think once a week is just fine. I think if your clothes are getting loose and you feel good, you are doing good. You might be gaining more muscle and gain some weight or be even?

Rich said...

I am currently on a strict diet due to an autoimmune medical situation. I am told to weigh myself everyday (and graph it!) The key is to do it at the same time everyday - first thing in the morning, after taking care of all of nature's needs and before eating or drinking anything. We use a digital scale (from WalMart) good to one decimal point.

Cassie and Chad said...

I hate to have my day determined by a number on a scale. I tend to be mad and somewhat "throw in the towel" at a bad number, I say once a week!!!

Paul and Mari said...

I do it once a day at the same time each day to give me a basic idea of where I am at. BUT I only "record" or worry or count or whatever every Monday. Yes, it does fluctuate over the week - which is why I only count it once a week. Knowing it each day just helps me to gage where I am at.

kristen said...

It's not good to weigh daily. I have a scale but it's different every time I get on. I could get on, get off then get back on again and it would say something different, ususally by a pound or 2. That's the way to do it. Weigh every couple of days but have one scale you know is right, like the doctor's, and go off that.

Tobie said...

I tend to like to know where I am on my weight, so I weigh myself every morning. Even if I am a pound heavier the next day, it helps me watch what I eat that day. But I agree, a digital scale is so much better. I'm loving your blog!!! Thanks for keeping us updated!
LYLAS,
Mistie

Crandell Fam said...

I tend to be incredibly OCD with the scale there. Although I like to know my weight, I actually don't really like to know it. I totally fluctuate, and I find that if there is a scale there I weight all the time. It really is better to weight once a week, same time/conditions. Just my 2 cents! :)

AliceK[i]ND said...

I guess it's a personal preference. I prefer to weigh myself every day to keep myself in check. However, I ONLY weigh myself once a day, at exactly the same time.... first thing after I get out of bed in the morning and use the toilet, and in undergarments only. :) That's the only way it's accurate and won't fluctuate.