Thursday, February 20, 2014

How Often Should You Weigh Yourself on Medifast?

Today I'm going to weigh in on the big scale debate. Should you weigh yourself every day, once a week ... or never?

As usual, the answer depends on what kind of person you are.
As long as you're not too obsessive
or easily discouraged, weighing yourself daily can be
a great accountability and data collection tool.

For me, weighing myself once a day works best. My scale provides me with a report card for how well I ate the day before and keeps me from consuming empty calories because I don't want to see the needle move in the wrong direction.

I realize that moving up a pound on  the scale does not mean I gained a pound of fat. Sometimes I've consumed too much sodium and am retaining water weight. Yet consuming too much sodium isn't good either so the scale reminds me to cut back on salty foods.

Another reason I weigh myself daily is to ensure my weight does not creep back on. It is easier to lose a small amount of weight than a larger one; so if my scale stubbornly stays at a higher number I can quickly recalibrate my food consumption and reverse the trend.

Weekly weighers -- especially those in the rapid weight loss phase of the Medifast 5&1 plan -- prefer to see dramatic changes when they weigh in and don't want to be discouraged if their weight doesn't drop each day.

Of course, some people thumb their nose at scales altogether, thinking you should not define your health by a number. How you look in the mirror, how your clothes fit, whether you can still slip off your wedding ring are all good non-numeric measures.

The beauty of Medifast is there is not one right way to measure your progress. Just as there are multiple ways to prepare a Medifast brownie, you can experiment with and find the measurement method that works best for you.

You can purchase Medifast replacement meals directly from Medifast Centers, the Medifast website or -- for soon to be lower cost -- through the co-branded website of a Medifast TSFL health coach. Medifast does not recommend purchasing its products from third party vendors, but if you choose to do so, you can find them on both Amazon and eBay.

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  1. I'm a once-a-day weigher. And a detailed tracker of what I eat. Seeing my sodium content and keeping track of water makes those water-retaining days much more obvious! I started Medifast about 6 weeks ago and have been very happy with my results so far!

    Check out my blog at if you're interested! I'm posting every day about my journey.

  2. HI Marshall... thanks for weighing in. I started reading your blog from Day 1 and am enjoying it. I think we approach the program in a similar way and can relate to both your challenges and successes.