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Old 01-01-2013, 11:39 AM   #1
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To scale or not to scale?

I am starting back on LC and my scale is broken. Part of me thinks I should at least know my start weight but another part of me knows if I have a scale I obsess over it.
So, do I buy a new scale or go by how my clothes fit or ?

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Old 01-01-2013, 01:21 PM   #2
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Can you go to the gym or drop by a dr's office for a quick weighin and leave the scale there? When I was new at this in 2001, my DH took me to his office, in the shipping dept I got on the scale on the first of the month. The reason was that I could not afford a scale that went up to 376 lbs. Today I have a beautful Tanita scale. The thing is I only record my weight on the first, so the number in between is meaningless, so long as I am being honest with myself and followng my plan. The number on the scale is the byproduct of taking the next right action. You can't control it. Our choices come in the form of planning and preparing good healthy food each day.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:55 PM   #3
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To scale or not to scale - It all depends on where you are in your diet and how you are feeling about your results.

For example, in the beginning stages of a diet, (when the weight loss is relatively rapid and I can depend the scale to report a bit of weight loss every day) I have found that weighing myself every morning provides the kind of positive feedback that reminds me that I'm making progress.

But later on in the diet, (when I can go for days or even weeks without losing anything), the feedback that comes from the scale isn't always what I need to hear in order to keep going. And really, that's what it's all about - doing whatever you need to do to keep going.

Imagine that one night you go to a party. You eat 3 hamburgers (with buns) along with french fries and ketsup, washing it down with a six pack of beer and topping it off with a thick slice of chocolate layer cake. But then, the next morning you return to your diet and act like nothing happened the night before. From my point of view, that's not a failure.

But if you respond to the one-day lapse by deciding that you just aren't cut out to stick to a diet and fall off the wagon permanently, then that's a disaster that you need to avoid.

What has worked for me is to weigh myself every day, and then be honest with myself about the number that I see on the scale. If I break my diet by overeating at a party or some other one-time event, I know that the scale will rub my nose in the resulting weight gain within a day or two. In the morning, I will expect the numbers to be bad, and so I can choose to interpret the weight gain as a reminder that I need to get right back on the wagon. And as long as I do that, it's not a failure.

One day's worth of bad numbers from your scale doesn't mean that you've failed, or that your diet is over. I keep a daily log of my weight. At the end of each week, I average out the numbers for the previous 7 days (actually, I have my computer do it for me). At the end of 90 days, I'll have the computer draw a graph of the weekly averages for me. That graph will invariably show a long slow downward trend in my weight, without any of the little 'blips' that resulted from going to parties. I hang that graph up in my office as a reminder that my diet is working, and that little one-day lapses simply aren't important...

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Old 01-09-2013, 01:53 PM   #4
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There is a scale that only records what you have lost or gained. You never see your weight. Maybe that is the scale for you. If later on you are curious you can weight on your doc's scale and add the amount you have lost.

I personally use the scale as a tool for accountability. I don't obsess if I go up or don't lose for a few days as I know when I am doing things right the weight will come off. And if I am not eating right I will see it.

Good luck finding what is right for you.
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:34 PM   #5
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There is a scale that only records what you have lost or gained. You never see your weight. Maybe that is the scale for you. If later on you are curious you can weight on your doc's scale and add the amount you have lost.

I personally use the scale as a tool for accountability. I don't obsess if I go up or don't lose for a few days as I know when I am doing things right the weight will come off. And if I am not eating right I will see it.

Good luck finding what is right for you.


I use the scale in basically the same way as Phranquie. I care more about the inches than the pounds. A friend of mine said something to me years ago that I love--"I don't care if I weigh 500 pounds, as long as I fit in a size 8". For me, I substitute a size 12...
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:15 PM   #6
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The thing is I only record my weight on the first, so the number in between is meaningless, so long as I am being honest with myself and followng my plan. The number on the scale is the byproduct of taking the next right action. You can't control it. Our choices come in the form of planning and preparing good healthy food each day.

I record my weight every other Friday. Anything that happens on the scale in-between doesn't count. The bi-weekly number shows the overall trend that reflects my nutrition and fitness choices.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:07 AM   #7
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Get one but just don't use it that often!
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:08 PM   #8
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I regularly read a blog by this sweedish doctor that is pro low carb and his take on the scale thing is that it is an inaccurate representation since it measures organs, muscles and fat so it doesn't factor in whether or not you are gaining muscle which weighs more than fat. He suggests using a measuring tape instead to track your accomplishments.

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Old 02-27-2013, 01:40 PM   #9
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I decided this go around to avoid the scale, I have a general idea of about how much I weigh but the truth of the matter is I don't have a goal number but a goal size rather. I want to feel comfortable and be able to shop anywhere.
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