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First question I got is Medifast: Does this make sense to you? Looking forward for any comment. 2nd question I got is.. I was reading the "No losses?" thread and started to wonder if I should be weighing weekly..

I know that there are whole groups of daily weighers. I don't have the fortitude..

I weigh weekly because, well, I don't know why. I guess it's a leftover habit from my former membership in WW. Maybe because Medifast has me set a weigh-in and even will provide a reminder..

I'm considering only weighing in monthly. My thinking is that I will be 100% OP, I will be keeping the program simple (making the food into other recipes seems to allow me to add too many condiments.) I will be tracking my food, water and exercise in the logs..

I'm looking for some opinions. Are there potential downfalls I'm not considering to weighing in less regularly?..

Comments (14)

Good question... I dunno what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I discover an useful answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can answer it..

Comment #1

I weigh daily - with the understanding that there will be ups and downs. The ups don't make me happy but it happens. I mostly do this to keep myself in check and also because I don't want to take the chance that my once weekly weigh in will be a day that is one of those fluctuating high days and get bummed...

Comment #2

I weigh twice a day, first thing in the morning and right before I go to bed. I like to see the changes but I don't get crazed over them. Whatever my weight is on Monday morning is my official weight...

Comment #3


, it is perfectly okay to weigh once a month. No reason not to. We get so tied to the numbers that it becomes an obsession. I used to weigh all the time after I finally bought a scale. Towards the end, I took a break from it and put my scale in my storage locker..

Daily weigh if it suits you, weekly weigh if it suits you, monthly weigh if it suits you. Everyone is different...

Comment #4

When I first started I was weighing daily but now I weigh two times a week with one of them being the "official" weigh in...

Comment #5

Once a week, unless I need some encouragement. Then I may weigh in early to see some results...

Comment #6

I'm one of those crazy daily weighers :-) Most people cannot tolerate the daily fluctuations that happen to all of us, but in my case it helps keep me accountable. I find that when I weigh weekly I don't stay on track as well.. and eventually I start weighing every 2 weeks, then every month, and then I stop weighing and start gaining!.

I will continue to weigh daily as I complete transition and intend to weigh daily the rest of my life in maintenance..

I also log my weights at - which helps me live with the ups and downs. They display the data in such a way that trending is emphasized over daily weights. So long as your trend is down your chart is green :-) Here is a link to my last 30 days (and I'm in my 4th week of transition, so you can see the trend line starting to flatten out now - but I"m still in the green at this point.).


Everyone approaches the journey from their own comfort zone.. whatever works for you is what works :-) If you'll be happy/comfortable/accountable to yourself with a monthly weigh-in - go for it!!..

Comment #7

I threw away my home scale in January, and only weigh in once a month with my trainer when he takes my measurements. I also measure for body fat % now as inches lost since I am gaining muscle...

Comment #8

I weigh in once a week, always on the same day. The daily fluctuations mean nothing and will only provide a false sense of accomplishment or failure. On the other hand, if after a week you have not shown a loss, then you are not really losing weight. My engineering sense tells me that a daily weigh-in is too frequent and a weekly weigh-in seems about right...

Comment #9

I weigh daily and have no issues with it. Like other posters have said I like to see how some of my food choices affect me. Even 100% OP food is sometimes not workable for me and the scale generally shows it. I don't find I have a false sense of accomplishment or failure but that's just me..

Everyone is different...

Comment #10

Once a week. Daily weighing makes you fat...or is it nuts? Actually, I think it's both....


Comment #11

I weigh twice a day and it does make me crazy sometimes.................I wish I could stop but that wont happen any time soonOne addiction at a time...

Comment #12

I have one scale I use for daily weighing and another I step on only once a week... Friday morning's ... for my official weigh in which gets recorded. I like the accountability of getting on a scale each day and getting a snapshot of where I am. It allows me to make any minor corrections or tweeks that might be needed so as not to derail my progress for an entire week. This works for me though I know all too well how daily weighing can sometimes drive ya crazy! LOL..

Comment #13

I never weigh in..

Here is my logic:.

I have an eating disorder. Weighing myself feeds into that (I try to see how much weight I can lose and how quickly I can do it, which results in anorectic behavior). Do I know how much I weigh now. Yeah, probably around 240-250 lbs. Do I care how much weight I lose. No.

Do I care? Actually, yes I do, but I don't want to!.

I am using Medifast as a way to break my disordered eating by having to eat 6 times a day. It's structured enough so that I don't have to plan every meal (by this I mean with non-MF meals), but still lets me get in the habit of eating regularly. Something I had immense difficulty with in the past. By "resetting" my eating habits, I think that my experience on Medifast will actually help me eat more nutritiously and healthily when I am off. Without thinking about "dieting"..

I know that this sounds kind of crazy and I don't want to offend anyone who is using the plan to lose weight, I think that's great, it just doesn't work for me..

Sorry for the long winded reply, but I've wondered if anyone else uses the plan in this manner. To sort of "detox" from disordered eating...

Comment #14

I never weigh anymore. I don't know if I will start again or not. I am going to stay OP and just wait to fit into the clothes I used to fit into. Once I do, I will know I have lost the weight. Then maybe, I'll step on the scale..

Weighing defeats me mentally...

Comment #15

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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