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What weight should we be happy with?

Asked by SSS911 (115points) March 20th, 2014

I wake up in the morning and do my morning duties and weigh myself. This morning I weighed in at 177 lbs. After drinking several cups of coffee and eating my breakfast, doing my exercises, I weigh in at about 179 which follows me the rest of the day. Do I consider my weight at the lower number or higher number?

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GloPro's avatar

Go with the weigh-in right after your morning whizz, since most of us hit the bathroom first thing. That’s the closest to fasted weight since you didn’t consume anything for hours. The extra two pounds you see is water weight, basically.

Why are you weighing yourself multiple times a day?

livelaughlove21's avatar

Either one, as long as you weigh yourself at the same time every time. It’s 2 lbs, what difference does it make?

I weigh myself once a week, first thing in the morning, after using the bathroom, naked.

And what @GloPro said – why multiple weigh-ins?

ragingloli's avatar

I think you should aim for 60kg

livelaughlove21's avatar

@ragingloli…what? That’s not what the OP is asking. And 60 kg based on what? You don’t even know the height of the person. Should everyone weigh 60 kg?

He’s 5’11”. 60 kg (132 lbs) is too small.

GloPro's avatar

@SSS911 You’ve been posting weight-related questions for a couple of months now. We would love to get updates as to your progress and if any of the answers we have given have helped you. Fill us in!

zenvelo's avatar

I am ware that for many people it is not healthy to weigh oneself often. But I’ve been weighing myself at various times of day to get more in tune with what my body is doing, whether I am hydrated, if my body is overreacting to salt, etc.

If I were you @SSS911, consider your range of weight, and choose the mid point. And as long as you stay in range of your desired weight, no more reason to fret over it.

By the way, what is your BMI? That’s how to tell if your weight is healthy.

gailcalled's avatar

Since you mentioned in a question several months ago that you weighed 212 lbs on Dec. 4, I’d like to congratulate you. You can now consider your weight to be around 178 lbs, plus or minus 5 lbs. (I have a friend who jokes about taking off her glasses and then exhaling before getting on the scales.)

Congratulations on the weight loss; are you more relaxed now about eating and exercise?

janbb's avatar

I also find weighing myself a few times a day to be a useful tool in weight management.

bolwerk's avatar

Whatever we want. We live in an amoral, godless universe. There is no cosmic meaning to our weight.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

It would be nice if everyone could (1) maintain a good weight for health purposes and (2) feel comfortable and at-ease in his/her own skin. As long as a person isn’t risking medical damage, such as Type II diabetes or cardio-vascular problems, who cares? One person’s ideal weight might seem “plump” or “chubby” by another person’s standards.

The questions I’d ask myself are:

- Even if my body isn’t perfect, am I confident when I wear a bathing suit? Can I enjoy myself, or do I tend to shun the beach and swimming pools because I don’t like my appearance?

- Do I have a wardrobe of clothes that fit and look nice, or do I hide within baggy t-shirts and sweats? Do I avoid certain events because I don’t have appropriate things to wear?

- Can I climb a flight of stairs, or briskly walk a few blocks, without feeling tired and winded? Are my blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar normal?

- Do I spend too much time envying people who are thinner than I am, comparing myself to them and wishing I could look the same?

pleiades's avatar

Check your BMI and trying to go with less body fat. In this day and age the body fat we accumulate is from a lot of “junk” and “saturated fat” it’s a lot different from back in the wild when we were depending on those fats from those animals

(I should check my BMI too!)

livelaughlove21's avatar

People don’t seem to be reading the details. The OP isn’t asking how much he should weigh. He’s asking if he should go by his morning weight or his mid-morning post-exercise post-coffee weight.

Juels's avatar

If you’re an optimist, go with the lowest weight of the day. If you’re a pessimist, then use the highest number of the day. Seriously, though, I would just take the average of them.

NanoNano's avatar

Whichever you want.

Think of it this way, if you woke up on a colony on the Moon, you’d only weigh about 30 pounds.

If you woke on up Mars, you’d only weigh about 68 pounds.

punkrockworld's avatar

Doesn’t matter when you weigh yourself but do it around the same time every day. I usually do it before i eat in the morning. It’s the most accurate weight.

livelaughlove21's avatar

I’ll never understand why people weigh themselves every day, let alone multiple times a day. Seems obsessive, and what’s the point?

jarogers80's avatar

I go with my morning weight before breakfast or coffee.

gondwanalon's avatar

This question is like asking “How should you weigh a sponge? Totally dry, damp, or completely saturated with liquid?” In a way our bodies are like sponges in which we have 3 compartments that hold water = intercellular water, interstitial water and vascular water. Anyway try to be consistent and weigh your sponge in similar circumstances.

rojo's avatar

78 lbs or 15 metric tons. Either one.

prolificus's avatar

I don’t like to weigh myself, and I avoid it if at all possible when I go to a doctor’s appoint which is at least once a month. I know I’m morbidly obese. I don’t need a scale to tell me.

What weight should we be happy with? The one we feel most healthy in, and not according to some number on a scale.

RocketGuy's avatar

@prolificus – see @sadiemartinspaul third point about health. As long as you are healthy, all is good.

Khajuria9's avatar

As per the standard height-weight charts.

chinchin31's avatar

Don’t weigh yourself. There is no ideal body weight. Just look at yourself in the mirror and if you don’t like what you see, work on it. I never weigh. I just work out a lot and above all watch what I eat. Alot of guys tell me i look good. Ha

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