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Weigh In Response

Weigh In Response

Do you weigh yourself each morning?

For most of us, including myself, this is a daily routine just like using the toilet, drinking coffee and taking your HRV (you are doing that right!?). I suggest everyone looking to make weight changes and monitor athletic performance track weight daily. However, this daily weigh in can weigh on you mentally. That one weight is part of the picture, but on its own, it tells you virtually nothing about your progress as a whole. This is why I suggest tracking daily, to be able to see the complete picture over time and associate with how the trends are affecting your mood, goals, performance…

So if you are weighing in each morning, here are my thoughts on how to proceed.

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Why:

Weighing each morning allows you to see a metric that influences your body just like you might track power, HR, HRV, sleep, calories, etc… Doing so each morning allows you to watch fluctuations & keep an eye on progress.


How:

Wake up, use the toilet, take your clothes off, weigh yourself, write it down.


Now What?

That one weight means literally nothing. So don’t let it get you too excited or upset.

Look at your weights and see if it is realistic, if you were 188 yesterday and 189 today, that’s pretty realistic. If you have been 144 for weeks and today was 150, something else is likely going on. Again, this is about tracking over time, not the individual number on any given day.

As yourself why you might be seeing that number; heavy meal? lots of salt? dehydrated? bloated? etc… these associated feelings can be tracked with your weight to give you a better picture of whats going on. If it has been steadily going in the wrong direction, it is time to take action. Start tracking food intake to get a sense of what you’re doing and where to make improvements. Hire a dietitian (me!) to help you figure it out and make changes.

Finally, move on. That number does not define your mood, worth, abilities… So record it and shake it off. This might be the hardest to do, but the most important. That number can get you down, or boost you up and it shouldn’t. If you have a low stress HRV, does it bring a huge smile to your face? If you get a poor recovery reading, does it ruin your day? Not likely right. Don’t let weight have that effect on you. Evaluate what is going on and adjust accordingly, thats all.

I know this is easier said than done, but try it out.

Also, remember that weight is a better indicator of progress when you track other factors ( body fat percentage, tape measure readings, mood, body image perception, etc…) along with it.



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