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May 3, 2012 2:04 PM
I see a lot of overweight people get advice from others saying not to worry about the scale, don't weigh in x amount of times, etc. They say just worry about inches and in the mirror.

I see the same people who give that advice, worry about heart rate monitors, bodyfit bugs, how many calories burned in a day.

I don't get that....seems hypocritical.

If a person is overweight, then the scale is an important number. It is their goal to get to whatever number they think is average.

If you are at or extremely near your goal weight, then I can see just weighing in once in a while. For those who know they need to lose lbs, the scale is a handy tool. Call me crazy, but it motivates me a lot more than something I have to strap around my ribs and my wrist.
May 3, 2012 2:06 PM
I think getting rid of the scale only applies to someone who is actively weight training. Its good in some cases, but other people the scale really is their best measure.
May 3, 2012 2:06 PM
I weigh myself every morning just so I can get some idea of where I'm headed. I'm not upset if I hit a low number and then the next day it bobs up 2 or 3 pounds, since that happens all the time. As long as I'm trending downward, I'm happy.
  8487736
May 3, 2012 2:07 PM
I weight train, but I also know I am 20-30lbs overweight.
May 3, 2012 2:13 PM
It's all in interpretation. I often tell people not to OBSESS about the number on the scale because if you are doing the right things then the number may not move for a couple of weeks but inches are disappearing. I weigh myself every morning but I don't get depressed and crazy if the number doesn't change for a week or more.

Case in point - today I posted my success story NSV. I am wearing a suit that I have not fit into since I was at my goal weight 14 years ago. I still have over 30 pounds to go before I hit that weight. The point being that there are many ways to measure your success. The number on the scale is only one of them.

Some people are naturally obsessive and so if they weigh themselves too often without any change, they get severely depressed and feel like giving up. In those instances, it makes sense for them to weigh themselves less often becuase it becomes an obstacle rather than a motivator.
May 3, 2012 2:16 PM
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It's all in interpretation. I often tell people not to OBSESS about the number on the scale because if you are doing the right things then the number may not move for a couple of weeks but inches are disappearing. I weigh myself every morning but I don't get depressed and crazy if the number doesn't change for a week or more.

Case in point - today I posted my success story NSV. I am wearing a suit that I have not fit into since I was at my goal weight 14 years ago. I still have over 30 pounds to go before I hit that weight. The point being that there are many ways to measure your success. The number on the scale is only one of them.

Some people are naturally obsessive and so if they weigh themselves too often without any change, they get severely depressed and feel like giving up. In those instances, it makes sense for them to weigh themselves less often becuase it becomes an obstacle rather than a motivator.


I understand this, but its the people that obsess over how many calories they burn by wearing hrms, bodybugs, etc

If you wear these all of the time then that is great, but don't sit there and tell people not to obsess over the scale.
May 3, 2012 2:17 PM
Like you say, OP, different for everyone.

There are a lot of different way to figure goals and success. I do weigh every day, it works for me, but my goal is also the middle of a healthy BMI.

A lot of people wouldn't consider using the BMI scale as a basis for their goal because it's 'not accurate', but I consider it the most accurate gauge I have at my disposal and I think it gives me a great goal to work for.

Personally, I'm absolutely useless at using a tape measure and I'd get different numbers every time whether I'd changed in size or not!
  14644573
May 3, 2012 3:18 PM
When I had more weight to lose, I probably weighed myself several times a day. Now that I'm closer to goal and I have a more vigorous exercise regime, there isn't a point in the scale. I still weigh about once to twice a week though cause I don't want to get over 158. I mainly go by the tape measure now.

I think it's easier to go by the scale when you've got more to lose but the tape measure is still vital for both parties especially when the scale stops moving down as quickly.
  4552164
May 3, 2012 4:47 PM
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When I had more weight to lose, I probably weighed myself several times a day. Now that I'm closer to goal and I have a more vigorous exercise regime, there isn't a point in the scale. I still weigh about once to twice a week though cause I don't want to get over 158. I mainly go by the tape measure now.


Exactly. When people know they need to lose weight, its fine if they weigh in daily.

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