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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.
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  • GMKLEIN
    emoticon emoticon Weight loss is personal. What works for one person may not work for the next. That includes nutrition exercise and weigh in. My sister refuses to weigh herself and measures her progress based on measurements, energy levels and stamina. There is not right or wrong only suggestions from experts. Keep up the good work.
    2711 days ago
  • DUSTYPRAIRIE
    It's whatever works for us as an individual. I read an article to track and graph your weight everyday for several weeks. Then those fluctuations are expected and easier to deal with.


    2712 days ago
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    I apologise if you thought I was being critical .
    That was the last thing I would do to you Cyn.
    I was just trying to help xx
    It does create anxiety in some people and they give up .
    Knowing what a very difficult time you have been having losing weight ,I thought it better that you didn't weight daily .
    I have lost 65 kilos over the last few years and I did it not watching my weight every day . Having said that, we are all different and perhaps it works better for you xx

    Hugs and love Susie xxx
    2712 days ago
  • _LINDA
    When I went on my first official diet, all I was told to do to start with was drink more water. Just doing that started flushing weight off me, but not fat, just water retention because I was not getting enough liquid to satisfy my body's needs it was storing it. So it really does make some difference. That is why I always do my weigh-ins after I have worked out and had breakfast and know I am well hydrated. I drink 14 cups throughout the morning and my exercise. So my weigh in will always be true and not a dehydrated one. I won't weigh in daily personally because I don't feel I need to. Personally, I think those fractional scales should be banned :P When they start looking at every .2 of a lb they lose, that is obsessive to the extreme. Far better looking at the whole picture. Big one is how the clothes are fitting. How are you feeling. Its just there is more then just the scale to measure your success.
    I am truly happy for you that you have found something that is working for you.
    Keep up the great work!!
    2712 days ago
  • SCRAPPINPOLLY
    I weigh myself daily too. There is nothing wrong with that as long as you look at it as a guide and not a fact. I only count my weight once a week.
    2712 days ago
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