On Daily Weights
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Recently I've drawn some criticism for weighing myself daily. I can understand when a person is "stuck"- and not really making headway in their eating plan - how weighing oneself daily is not a good idea. It will only lead to frustration and one will be deceived by temporary fluctuations in fluid retention etc. HOWEVER, when a person is in active weight loss, I believe it is important to monitor the weight daily. It is motivating to see the pounds drop away and it gives important feedback in to whether or not what a person is doing is having successful results. When I weigh myself daily it helps me to be centered. It reassures me. It encourages me and it instructs me.
Now I am not so foolish as to be dismayed should there be a pause in my weight loss, or even possibly a small gain. This can occur in a menstruating woman at that TOM. It can also occur if you have ingested something with a lot of salt in it. However, should that weight gain persist for more than a day or two, there would be reason for concern. I personally do not believe that fluid has such a large influence in our weight. It is true that a heavy person retains more fluid than does a thin one and that some of the weight they lose WILL be fluid. However that is still weight and it is still progress. Now unless the person has CHF, if they are eating properly, weight from fluid will not be such a large factor. This is just an excuse we give ourselves to comfort ourselves when we gain weight. There have been many times when almost overnight I gained at least 5 pounds and everyone reassured me that that gain was fluid not fat. However, those pounds did NOT ever go away. Which means they either WERE fat, or else they were fluid that became a permanent part of my profile....one that needs to be addressed by proper diet. And now, when I am fairly rapidly losing weight, I am shedding some of that "permanent" fluid buildup. And that loss should be celebrated as heartily as the fat loss is.
And I know that Spark People claims that weight loss should be slow in order to last. Because the change I have made in my diet is going to be a permanent one, it is okay to lose it quickly. This diet has been used as a lifesaving measure in people with pernicious heart disease or diabetes or other life threatening illness. In these cases, speed is important. The weight MUST be lost rapidly or the danger to one's life increases measurably. There are hundreds, maybe thousands who have followed Dr Fuhrman's diet and kept it off for years. If you eat badly for years and then suddenly rehabilitate your eating, your body will respond by losing weight and that weight loss will be rapid at first. In time it will slow. That is just the natural rhythm of our bodies.