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Old 07-04-2014, 09:36 AM   #1
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To Weigh or Not to Weigh?

First, I should introduce myself:

Hi, I'm P. Alexander. This is my third time doing Atkins. I feel incredibly foolish for not just sticking to it in the past as it's the only thing that's ever really worked for me. But I'm back because I watched both Fathead and a few talks by Gary Taubes and I realize that science is (slowly) starting to get behind this -- which is great.

One dilemma I have is about whether or not I should weigh myself regularly. The very first time I did Atkins, I was 14 and I was doing Atkins '72, because my mom had her old copy on the bookshelf. This was back in the days before "net carbs" which meant that 6 carbs a day really meant 6 carbs a day. And it basically meant that I was eating almost entirely fat with maybe one or two salads.

I do like the idea of net carbs, but I wonder if I would lose more if I switched to the super restrictive version that worked so well for me as a teen.

Regarding weighing, in the past, I got way too hung up on a number on the scale, and I think I'd rather measure than weigh. But do people here find that not tracking can lead to "slipping"?

Anyway -- I'm excited to be back on the wagon, but I would like a little feedback, both about net carbs/'72 and daily weighing.
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Old 07-04-2014, 09:58 AM   #2
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Personal preference. I weigh daily as soon as i wake up and gone to the bathroom.
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:34 AM   #3
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Personal preference. I weigh daily as soon as i wake up and gone to the bathroom.
I can see that you've lost an absolutely incredible amount of weight, so congratulations. Did you find that you always were at a loss or even while doin this diet, or did your weight go up ever?
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Old 07-04-2014, 11:26 AM   #4
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The scale thing is such a personal choice!! It doesn't matter to your woe if you do it daily or weekly. I'm completely addicted to my scale and MUST weigh every single day. If you can mentally handle the daily fluctuations then go for it, otherwise I believe the weekly weigh in will get the most votes. I find weighing daily keeps me on track but that's just me and don't beat yourself up for falling off the wagon. It's a learning process and hopefully you will keep that with you for the long term this time. Good luck.
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:07 PM   #5
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I quit weighing a couple of months ago and I am much happier...
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:58 PM   #6
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The scale thing is such a personal choice!! It doesn't matter to your woe if you do it daily or weekly. I'm completely addicted to my scale and MUST weigh every single day. If you can mentally handle the daily fluctuations then go for it, otherwise I believe the weekly weigh in will get the most votes. I find weighing daily keeps me on track but that's just me and don't beat yourself up for falling off the wagon. It's a learning process and hopefully you will keep that with you for the long term this time. Good luck.
That's really true, and thank you for the advice.
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:58 PM   #7
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I quit weighing a couple of months ago and I am much happier...
I feel torn because I know I feel better when I don't weigh regularly, but I also it often makes me more likely to cheat. That said, if I track my food religiously there shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 07-04-2014, 03:32 PM   #8
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Sometimes I weigh every day, and sometimes I don't. I think you should see how if affects your moods and decide from there. I know that the way my body works is that I really only lose about one week out of each month, and the rest of the time my weight is just bouncing around, so rather than get frustrated I just don't weigh every day any more.

Like Bonny-Jean, I also follow Atkins 72 very strictly. I've found it absolutely works best for me and I really don't believe in net carbs. I count the whole carb.
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:45 AM   #9
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I never weigh. I'm more of a mirror/clothes person. If i'm looking better in a mirror, and my clothes are looser, then I know I'm going in the right direction.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:01 AM   #10
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glad you have decided to come back home so to speak..... I hope you can find a plan that suits you for a lifetime

If weighing daily keeps you on track do it, if using a food tracker keeps you on plan do that too. Find what keeps you on track, if you cheat you only cheat yourself. Do what works for you and what is easiest for you.

I weigh daily sometimes several times a day

Best wishes!
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:12 AM   #11
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I weigh once a week. If I am avoiding the scale then I am probably gaining weight.
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:08 AM   #12
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I keep saying I'm only going to weigh in once per week but the suspense gets to me and I pull it our every couple of days lol
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