Get an Accurate Scale and Use It

It is very motivational to know with certainty how much you weigh. That way, you know any losses you make are real, and so are any gains.

Weigh yourself as often as you like and you will learn how your body's weight fluctuates during the day or during the week.

Weigh yourself at least once a day at the same time, preferably in the morning after going to the bathroom and before drinking any water. This will most likely be your lowest weight of the day.

You need a scale that is accurate and repeatable. The LCD digital scales are very good. They are accurate to .5 pounds and repeatable. I can get on and off my scale over and over and it says the same thing. No leaning forward or backwards trying to see if I have lost or not. If it says 198.5 today and it said 199.5 yesterday I know I weigh a pound less today. If tomorrow it says 200.5 well I know that is the truth too.

I found that when I was really rocking the diet, I could lose .5 to 1 pound a day! You will weigh about 2 pounds less in the morning than in the night before because of the water you breath out while sleeping. Also your weight fluctuates a lot with the amount of bulk in your intestines and how much water is in you.

Get good at guessing how much you weigh. Keep weighing yourself daily, or at least once a week. Keep weighing yourself, as often as you like. Don't let someone tell you you are obsessing. You are just learning how your weight responds to the things you do. You will notice how much you can weigh and still fit into your new thin pants.

It can help to set an "induction threshold" where if you are over that weight you will do the 2 week induction phase to get things under control.

While you are weighing your self this much it can be fun to track your progress and make a graph of your weight vs. time.

Last Modified: Tue, 01 May 2007 08:35:51 GMT