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How Often Do You Weigh Yourself?

Some of us have a love / hate relationship with scales. Others simply find a daily weigh-in a helpful tool for staying on track. We all know the numbers on the scale are not the only way to measure your health - there's body mass composition, ratio of muscle to fat, waist diameter, etc.

So, I am curious...

mollipop mollipop 10 years
I'm definitely one of those people who feels like a daily weigh-in keeps me on track. I had stopped weighing myself for a couple months and got too relaxed about my eating habits, and ended up gaining several pounds. So the frequent weigh-ins, while annoying, are small price to pay since they keep me aware of the price of my unhealthful habits.
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
I don't own a scale so I'll weigh myself about once a month at the gym, and of course any time I visit my doctor. But I tend to think that knowing my weight does me no good. I mean, I can lose 3 lbs of fat and gain 3 lbs of muscle, but the scale makes it look like I haven't done a thing. Though I'm thinking of buying a scale that has a body-fat analysis built in. Any suggestions on brands??
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
Few times a week. I feel weird if I don't know how much I weigh. The longer I stay away, the more freaked out I am.
Baby_Jatti Baby_Jatti 10 years
I hardly ever weigh myself. I don't really think you need to. You don't need a scale to tell you if you've lost or gained weight, you can tell by the way your clothes fit. Also sometimes the weighing scale shows an increase in weight and it's not fat but muscle content which is good. So really I don't see the point of weighing myself regularly.
krisua krisua 10 years
Whenever I feel like I can stand the truth...
pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
Daily unless I was really bad the night before. I know the number will go up only because of water retention (no one can actually gain four pounds overnight!) so I wait a day for it to go down so the number doesnt freak me out. My scale also has a body fat monitor, but since I weigh myself in my pjs it's not very effective :P. The clothes thing makes sense but since my jeans fit differently depending on whether Ive just washed them or what time of the month it is . . .it doesnt really do it or me :P.
japokie japokie 10 years
Right now I am only weighing myself once a month. I am going off the way my clothes fit. I tend to get to overwhelmed with the numbers if I weigh myself daily.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
If I'm on a regular work out schedule, once a week, but if not (like right now!), maybe once a month just to make sure I'm not gaining any MORE weight.
sweet_potato sweet_potato 10 years
Weighing in daily has been the one thing that has motivated me to keep my weight at my lowest. Most studies say that those who weigh in daily, are more likely to maintain their weight loss.
RebeccaAdele RebeccaAdele 10 years
I only do when I feel I have lost touch with my true weight, but I don't like to gauge health on numbers alone. How I feel is more important that a few digits.
blackjade blackjade 10 years
I weigh myself about once a week (at the gym). I work out first thing in the morning do it's pretty accurate. The funny thing is it's actually more of a confirmation than anything. My work pants are a little tight going over my hips so I know I'm in the 110-113 range...I hop on the scale .... and I'm right! There have been years where I didn't weigh myself at all - right now I'm in a weekly weigh-in phase I guess.
Charlie Charlie 10 years
i weigh myself daily, but i understand why a lot of people don't, and shouldn't. it's so easy to become obsessed with the number. i do it myself, though, to get an overall idea of how i'm doing diet and exercise-wise. if i notice a steady climb in weight over a few days i know it's time to carefully watch what i'm eating and regulate things so i get back down. likewise, if i notice i'm tired for several days and i'm slowly gaining some weight, it's time to examine how lax my exercise routine has gotten. i also pay attention to how my clothes are fitting and take my measurements about once every 1-2 months. it's kept the weight i lost several years ago off and allowed me to remain in the same weight range for years, but i know it's not good for everyone :)
thatgirljj thatgirljj 10 years
I weigh daily, but I don't stress about it. I just log the number and note if I go up by more than a couple pounds or if I'm seeing a trend in the wrong direction. If so, I cut back a little bit. 1 pound here or there or a bit of PMS bloating doesn't stress me out. Weighing once a month and seeing some big change totally would cause me to freak out though.
JBlondie JBlondie 10 years
I gage my weight by how my clothes fit. Scales make me a paranoid obsessive person!!!
any any 10 years
well i've try every two months! but actually i do it like 3 times per year!
Beth1122 Beth1122 10 years
Once a year when I go in for my annual exam...
go4it go4it 10 years
i totally agree with nikolem, i don't understand the obsession with actual weight. just figure out how your clothes fit and call it a day. women fluctuate so much with weight, and it depends on so many factors that pinning yourself to a number just seems so silly. i never weigh myself, i don't care what the number is as long as i fit in my clothes and feel good about myself.
KerryG KerryG 10 years
I used to weigh myself several times a week, but nowawdays I don't own a scale so it's more like several times a year. I'm naturally quite thin, but my weight fluctuates a lot within a ten pound range and I used to fret when it was at the higher end of that range. Somewhere along the way, though, I realized that as long as I felt good, the number on the scale didn't really mean anything, and I've been happier since.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I weigh myself once a week. It can be very deceiving because if you're like me, trying to lose a few pounds for your bathing suit, you start strength training, and not losing weight. Because you're gaining more muscle. AND not seeing numbers drop can get very discouraging. But what I do is measure my waist and hips and that's where I know the difference and improvement.
miss-ellie miss-ellie 10 years
i don't own scale nor do i want one. i just can tell whether or not i've gained by how my pants fit.
sugoionna09 sugoionna09 10 years
I don't own a scale but if I did it would probably be daily even though I dread the experience....
kungfubunni kungfubunni 10 years
i do it everyday at the gym. i know it can fluctuate daily, as long as it goes up and down, and not just up them i'm ok!
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 10 years
even though i know that the scale is certainly not hte best indicator of health and appearence i weight myself several times a day... its a habit i guess.
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
I was on a kick of weighint daily- because I think it keeps me honest. But lately I do every couple days. But when I am really trying to lose weight, I must do it daily to stay on track. :)
inertia inertia 10 years
I don't own a scale of my own. It's pretty obvious when I've gotten bigger or smaller just from the way my clothes fit and I'm good at estimating from that. But if I happen to pass a scale, I'll hop on just to check. It's rare that my weight is more than 2 lbs different than what I thought.
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