I can't keep track of my weight!
Asked by on Dec 02, 2010
in Weight Loss
How can I accurately keep track of my weight when it changes day by day? I'm 5'6", 41 and I weigh, I think, 140 lbs. But today, I am 143, while yesterday I was 145, then two days ago I was 142. It's never the same! How can I know if I'm losing weight or maintaining or gaining. My pants fit the same, but it's so hard to tell someone what your true weight is when it's not always the same.
It is perfectly normal for weight to fluctuate day-to-day, largely in response to fluid shifts. But if those unexplained changes frustrate you, then don’t weigh yourself every day. Once a week, twice a month, or once a month is enough to monitor trends, especially considering that weight control is a lifelong activity. When you do weigh-in, weigh yourself upon arising, wearing light or no clothing, after emptying your bladder, and then record your weight immediately! Also track other indicators of progress, such as your measurements, the fit of your clothes, and your fat-to-muscle ratio. Daily, focus on those things that are under your direct control:logging your food and activity, eating a balanced diet, getting your exercise, and performing the other goals you set for yourself.