Does having a scale help with motivation/fitness goals?

  • I've never used a scale to monitor my weight, thinking it's more important to rely on how I look/feel. I still believe that, but I've been considering getting a scale recently to help me monitor fluctuations and recognize patterns in my weight. Any thoughts people have on this topic would be appreciated - do you have a scale? Does it help you, or make you feel guilty? Do you use it regularly, or avoid it? Thanks!

    phormalitize   by: phormalitize
  • 6 votes
    Superalzy  almost 2 years ago by: Superalzy

    I find that my scale just frustrates me. In any given week, my weight on the scale fluctuates 5 lbs. I'll be doing really well and get excited to see the scale go down 2 lbs here and 1 there. But then when all those pounds reappear on the scale out of nowhere, I feel defeated and frustrated. I wish I could just avoid getting on it altogether, but it's become an unhealthy addiction that I use to beat myself up. Maybe I should have my fiancee secretly throw the thing away.

    • slshaw23
      slshaw23 almost 2 years ago

      I feel the same way you do I even thought about buying a new lol.

  • 5 votes
    Jewlzm  almost 2 years ago by: Jewlzm

    It depends on how detached you can stay from the numbers on the scale. Otherwise the only thing the scale is good for is at the gun range. It will only frustrate you! I now manage to weight myself only once a month for the pure and simple fact that the emotional beating isnt worth it. If I drink a soda (diet or not doesnt matter) my body doesnt like it and I go up 5 lbs.. but I can fluctuate upwords of 8 pounds. The scale is not my friend! But fitting into that size 4 for the first time really is relieving no matter what the scale says.

  • 3 votes
    YankDownUnder  almost 2 years ago by: YankDownUnder

    I'm a bit CDO (that'd be "OCD" to most people, but it MUST BE IN ORDER! *lol*) so I weigh myself daily. It's helped me see my patterns so I can deal with them. I just have to keep reminding myself it's like the stock market... Long term goals, don't sweat the short term losses (or gains if you will).

    I bought a scale that gives BMI, but at the end of the day, I've found that the BMI reading is neither accurate nor important. YOU know how fit you are and that's the best gauge of all. Having said that, you can say the same thing about measuring your weight, you don't need a scale to tell you how fit you are, it's just that I'm a numbers nerd and I've gotten into the habit of logging everything on DailyBurn tracker for the last couple years. :)

  • 2 votes
    MzPots  almost 2 years ago by: MzPots

    I'm the same way, and I've thought about picking one up to help me gauge my progress... but numbers don't satisfy me. My ultimate goal is to be happy with the way I look, and a number won't tell me that, so I always (eventually) remember a scale is a waste for me.

  • 2 votes
    kawaiola  almost 2 years ago by: kawaiola

    I very much agree with the sentiments of trusting how you feel and look -- but as someone who is a little OCD with planning and tracking, using a scale to track my weight is a great tool to measure my progress and results.

    If a scale isn't necessarily your thing, but you want to track your progress, I also recommend tracking your measurements.

  • 2 votes
    sleekbird  over 1 year ago by: sleekbird

    I think it depends on you. Some people like to use measurements; some like scales; and others like the mirror and/or the way clothes fit. For me, I like the scale and tracking calories and exercise on MyFitnessPal. I think it all depends on what motivates YOU!

    • skaser
      skaser over 1 year ago

      I agree!! I find that when I weigh daily it keeps me more accountable to what goes in my mouth and what stays out. I got out of the habit and gained back 25 pounds in 3 yrs. So, here I am again..and also focusing on eating every meal and snack which helps blood sugar levels which in turns help my weight..

  • 2 votes
    SkylarChastain  over 1 year ago by: SkylarChastain

    I have the Zero Scale. Instead of giving you your weight, it tells you pounds lost since first getting the scale and pounds lost since last weigh-in.

    • juju
      juju over 1 year ago

      Where do you get one of those?

    • skaser
      skaser over 1 year ago

      Never heard of that! It sounds awesome..try googling it..Im sure it will be somewhere on there..

  • 1 vote
    Maris  almost 2 years ago by: Maris

    I <3 my scale!

  • 1 vote
    JamiBuch  almost 2 years ago by: JamiBuch

    I used to be obsessive in a bad way about weighing myself daily. I finally got it under control. I don't weigh myself daily anymore - just maybe three times a week. I find it help me stay on track and know I'm heading in the right direction.

  • 1 vote
    slshaw23  almost 2 years ago by: slshaw23

    I have a scale and sometimes it helps because I am excited about the weight loss but I hate seeing my weight go up and down>

  • 1 vote
    Longhorn0915  over 1 year ago by: Longhorn0915

    I weigh myself several times a day! I also weigh in after workouts to see how effective they are. It makes me accountable for everything.

  • 1 vote
    babygirl16878  over 1 year ago by: babygirl16878

    In the beginning the "SCALE" was my ultimate enemy. I joined a gym about a year ago and met with a personal trainer a few times. The first thing he told me was that I needed to promise to only weigh myself twice a month (I negiotated to once a week by the way). Before the gym I would weigh myself daily if not twice a day and would literally feel guilty if the numbers went up at all. It was definitely a struggle for me at first because I had to walk by the scale in the gym everyday to go to the locker room. It was almost like it was trying to tempt me to stand on it, lol. I avoided it for a week and a half and noticed that I started to like the changes I seen in the mirror instead of fighting with the numbers. Now I only use a scale to gauge how I am doing. I would rather look for the changes myself and be glad when I see them. I still weigh in once a week just to see where I am at but its definitely not anywhere close to as depressing as it used to be!

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    keairal  over 1 year ago by: keairal

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    sld21  about 1 year ago by: sld21

    Its good to use a variety of things to measure progress. I do weekly weigh ins, always on Saturday morning. I hop on the scale, then measure all over with a tape measure. I take a note of my stats for that date and keep a log. This helps me to track how far along I am getting to reaching my goals.
    To keep sane I would however not recommend daily weighing, as most peoples weight fluctuates daily. I would also suggest setting a realistic long term goal as well as a series of short term/weekly goals building up to that long term goal. A series of small achievements is whats gonna get you to where you wanna be. A goal of 50 or so pounds can be a discouraging number to focus on every day as it will take time to get there. A realistic and healthy rate of weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week. However it is normal for some to see a significant drop in weight at the beginning of a new program or diet and this is perfectly normal although weight loss will slow to a normal pace after a few weeks.

    Steph D- Personal Trainer

  • 0 votes
    draapaul  6 months ago by: draapaul

    Way back when I used to run, I was trained to never look to the side to see how close my opponent was. Run my best and stick my neck out when crossing the finish line. I found that I enjoyed the running sooo much more and ran stress free. Since my goal is far enough that this will be a health-journey, I have to just get into the process and not get too focused on the finish line. Just enjoy the race and how it makes you feel

    After starting this, I went to donate blood one day and gasped when the fella read my blood pressure. I made him take it 3 times cause it was SO NORMAL!! I always assumed the pharmacy cuffs would read high as usual.

    Good for me!

    Isn't the best gage a pair of jeans that are slightly too small? If those fit, you're closer to your goal. To Hell with the scale:}

  • 0 votes
    diyadiva  6 months ago by: diyadiva

    I'm in college and so I don't know if you can do this, but something I try and do is weigh myself once a month. If you are focused on your lifestyle; what you are putting into your mouth and how hard you are working out. The end of the month will come before you know it, and then see if your progress is working. Don't try and lose weight, try and be healthy.

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    danielleburks13  5 months ago by: danielleburks13

    If you want to track your weight just do it once a week first thing in the morning and make sure you taking measurements of your arms, waist, hips, and thighs bc if your weight isn't changing but your measurements are then you know what to track and what not to.

  • 0 votes
    shaeon  5 months ago by: shaeon

    For me it depends: If I weigh at home every day, I will get annoyed. Daily fluctuation is pretty normal, but even though I know that it will frustrate me a lot. However, I'm doing Weight Watchers for my diet and using Daily Burn for my exercise program. I go to the weekly meetings and everyone weighs in, and you can share your weight loss successes. That feels great, when a room full of people applaud because you lost another five pounds.
    The biggest down side to the scale is that if you are doing a lot of weight lifting in order to tone, you will build muscle and you may actually gain pounds while losing inches. So I think it's important to keep in mind that less body fat and more muscle is healthier, regardless of what the scale is telling you.

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    jesstwok  3 months ago by: jesstwok

    I only way myself once a month as I fluctuate naturally between weeks.

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    tbell072  15 days ago by: tbell072

    I agree the importance should be how you feel and look, but the scale is a motivator as well as "reality check" for me. There are times when it doesn't move or rises due to muscle gain and I'm ok with that because my jeans fit better and I see muscle tone, but other times it confirms that I've been negligent and need to be more mindful of what I'm consuming. If weight loss is the biggest goal, I think it helps with motivation a ton! You gotta get rid of the weight/fat in order to see the sculpted muscle.

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