Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Training & Nutrition Learn how to develop a training schedule that's good for you. What should you eat and drink on your ride? Learn everything you need to know about training and nutrition here.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-06-03, 09:42 AM   #1
blaine
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 134
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
When do you weigh yourself?

Curious to know when most people weigh themselves, and how often. I tend to weigh myself after my workout, in the morning because this seems to be the most dramatic effect, albeit probably not the most consistent as I can lose anywhere from 1-6 pounds depending on the intensity (sweat) of my workout. What do other folks do?
blaine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-03, 09:47 AM   #2
bac
Senior Member
 
bac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Pennsylvania
Bikes: Too many to list!
Posts: 7,481
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I almost never weigh myself. I can generally tell if I'm gaining too much weight by the way my clothes fit me. However, it makes sense to weigh yourself after a hot and hard workout to insure that you are replacing your fluids @ an adequate rate.

If you're interested in tracking your weight loss, make sure that you weigh yourself around the same time every day. Depending on a variety of factors (hydration being one), your weight will vary throughout the day.
bac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-03, 12:57 PM   #3
ChipRGW
hehe...He said "member"
 
ChipRGW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FLA
Bikes:
Posts: 630
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Does not matter when you weigh yourself, as long as you do it consistently, the same time of day each time. In the morning you weigh the least. Right before bed the most. To get your "true" weight I guess you'd need to weigh yourself several times during the day and average it.
__________________
Sometimes you just let the rabbits run, but sometimes you gotta let the dogs run.
ChipRGW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-03, 02:27 PM   #4
jchet
XLR8R Passing!
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Paradise! West Palm Beach Florida
Bikes: Orbea XLR8R
Posts: 127
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I track my weight and body fat % everyday for my training log. I weigh myself first thing in the morning after using the bathroom. This allows me to stay consistant on weight tracking. I may also weigh myself after the training ride but I do not record this weight.

The problem with weighing yourself post ride is you would not be consistant as there are days you may not ride, and days you may ride harder or softer. Weighing yourself in the morning first thing will be the best bet. Weight increases would be from diet. If you ate something for dinner that caused you to retain water such as pasta you might see a gain in weight.

Because I am anal about this stuff I use an online software program and log what I eat, my weight, and time trained and calories burned each day. So if I see and increase in weight I can look over this program and will see a trend of increased calories. Same with a decrease in weight.
jchet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-03, 03:29 PM   #5
salvaico
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Bikes:
Posts: 43
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I weigh myself in the morning and at night. Occasionally in between too. Mainly I find it interesting watching the differences between day and night. If I was ambition I would record it, but I'm not. Maybe I can get a scale which could hook into my network and record its settings itself :-)

I'd like to measure body fat too, but haven't found anything I wanted to buy yet.
salvaico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-03, 01:59 PM   #6
ljbike
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes:
Posts: 1,049
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I weigh myself twice a day: once after a very large meal, and once after a ver big dump. I'm happy to report that it doesn't make any difference, I've still got the same body.

Tanta, the weight scale people, suggest that the best time is in the evening.
__________________
ljbike
ljbike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-03, 05:48 PM   #7
wabbit
Sprockette
 
wabbit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Canada
Bikes:
Posts: 5,503
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I usually weigh myself first thing in the AM. But our scale isn't the greatest, so I'll weigh myself at the gym, which has a doctor's scale. Usually, that's later in the day, so I take that into account. Also I don't tend to weigh myself just before or during my period. I wait until a couple of days after it ends.
__________________
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. That's great...if you want to attract vermin.
wabbit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-03, 06:10 PM   #8
cyclezealot
Senior Member
 
cyclezealot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Fallbrook,Calif./Palau del Vidre, France
Bikes: Klein QP, Fuji touring, Surly Cross Check, BCH City bike
Posts: 13,166
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 94 Post(s)
In about 3 months, after I get another 2,500 miles under my belt. Hopefully, with a snugger belt.
cyclezealot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-03, 07:30 PM   #9
IowaParamedic
Velolutionary
 
IowaParamedic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Iowa City area
Bikes:
Posts: 384
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
back on track

I step on the scale twice a day. First thing in the morning and right before bed. I can tell how I did for the day. If I worked out enough or ate too much, it shows up. I also keep a log.
IowaParamedic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-03, 02:16 AM   #10
Croak
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Australia
Bikes:
Posts: 230
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by IowaParamedic
I step on the scale twice a day. First thing in the morning and right before bed. I can tell how I did for the day. If I worked out enough or ate too much, it shows up. I also keep a log.
You do realise that any differential any weight during the day will be purely hydration?

I weight myself every Saturday morning before my group ride. To get a good stable measure and also to assess whether I kept hydrated through the ride (weigh yourself after, any negative change means you need more water).
Croak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-03, 10:26 AM   #11
Zin
On your what?!?
 
Zin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Lakewood, CO
Bikes:
Posts: 2,317
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Every Sunday morning right after I get out of bed.
__________________
---
Former 340# Type 2 Diabetic.
My web site.
Proud member of Colorado's Best Cycling Club - Club Hypoxia
Zin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-03, 03:37 PM   #12
RonH
Life is good
 
RonH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Not far from the Withlacoochee Trail. 🚴🏻
Bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and 2014 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod
Posts: 16,299
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 85 Post(s)
Monday morning.
__________________


The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. - Psalm 103:8
RonH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-03, 04:14 PM   #13
RunYun
Go Boilermakers!!!!!!!!!!
 
RunYun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Avon, Ohio
Bikes: Cannondale R3000, Paramount Series 5, Trek 990, Cannondale M400, Schwinn World Sport (Cyclo cross)
Posts: 272
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Every morning ~5:30 am (Naked). I figure in my birthday suit is the most accurate. I track my weight and a calculated body fat %. I also track my resting heart rate. I plot this on a Excel chart to see my progress over time. It's pretty cool to see if go from 230 lbs December 2002 to 181 lbs November 2003. Here I come 170.
RunYun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-03, 04:37 PM   #14
sm266
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Arkansas
Bikes: Giant OCR1/Specialized Epic
Posts: 607
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I weigh when I feel fat or like I've gained. Usually, though, I just go by how my clothes feel.
sm266 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-03, 04:59 PM   #15
IowaParamedic
Velolutionary
 
IowaParamedic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Iowa City area
Bikes:
Posts: 384
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Croak
You do realise that any differential any weight during the day will be purely hydration?
Not necessarily. If I weigh 204 in the morning, and 206 at night, more than likely I will weigh 204 in the morning again. However, if my night weight is 208 - then there is a problem, and I need to watch what I am eating.

I've lost 107 lbs using this system.
IowaParamedic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-03, 05:17 PM   #16
F1_Fan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 1,119
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I ensure I'm properly hydrated in the evening then weigh myself in the morning after the AM pee. For me that seems to be the most consistent time of day. In the evening I'm all over the place depending on exercise and eating.

Unfortunately, I hit my minimum weight (i.e., poop) at about 10AM at work (LOL) but I'm not going to take the scale to work. I can't seem to train myself for a morning poop either.
F1_Fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-03, 11:26 PM   #17
travis200
OTB is imminent
 
travis200's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Campbell,CA
Bikes: '06 Trek 5.2, '06 Lemond Poprad, '06 Bianchi San Jose
Posts: 943
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
3x a week usually after work around 4pm
travis200 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-03, 05:07 AM   #18
Croak
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Australia
Bikes:
Posts: 230
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by IowaParamedic
Not necessarily. If I weigh 204 in the morning, and 206 at night, more than likely I will weigh 204 in the morning again. However, if my night weight is 208 - then there is a problem, and I need to watch what I am eating.

I've lost 107 lbs using this system.
I understand the method, but it is extremely vague. That's fine for when you are a little heavier, as the lbs are a lot easier to lose but IMO, I would consider looking at a new technique. You may be hampering your hydration levels or undereating, both of which will result in halting lipolysis.
Croak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-03, 05:18 AM   #19
jacob
truthisntalwayswanttohear
 
jacob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Stone Mountain, Georgia
Bikes: Fuji Crosstown, with seat altered by hacksaw and sports tape
Posts: 215
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
if you weigh randomly, then you can get some sort of crude average;
if at a certain time, you need a better scale and still come up with vague statistics
the weight thing can be extremely vague, and to digress, diet is important to consider when taking your weight (for example, did you eat fruits/vegetables or otoh dairy or bread) each time

Jacob
jacob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-03, 06:51 AM   #20
DnvrFox
Banned.
 
DnvrFox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Bikes:
Posts: 20,916
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Every Saturday am does it fine for me.

I track changes in weight, not absolute weight, as our scale differs from the one in the gym by about 3 pounds.

And, I can track a direct correlation between my eating habits during the week and my weight on Saturday am.
DnvrFox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-03, 09:21 AM   #21
aerobat
Love Me....Love My Bike!
 
aerobat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Winnipeg
Bikes: Bikes: Giant hybrid, Trek 4500, Cannondale R800 Some commuting 20mi/day, mostly fitness riding - 20-50 mile rides
Posts: 1,231
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
For about six months I weighed myself first thing in the morning, after pee, and last thing at night before bed. I have a Tanita scale, so also took my bodyfat%.

My weight was always lowest in the morning, but body fat was higher, with the reverse at night. As others have mentioned this reflects hydration levels as the Tanita scale is affected by that.

The main thing is not to worry too much about actual weight, but changes, and by recording the results, you can see what the trend is over a period of time, not just a quick snapshot of a given time.

I still use the same system, but not quite as stringently.
__________________
"...perhaps the world needs a little more Canada" - Jean Chretian, 2003.
aerobat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-03, 12:56 PM   #22
blaine
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 134
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yeah, I just want to start weighing myself to get some idea as to determine some attainable goals. I just got a new road bike (Look, Ultegra) and am determined to lose weight and at the same time get back in shape. I have ridden Mnt Mitchell, Cycle Md a couple times, Cycle NC, so at one time was in a certain degree of decent shape. I want to get all that back under control again.
blaine is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:32 PM.