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  • #31
    apelletr: I don't think so, because then they tie "success" to "number on the scale." I challenge you to throw the scale away, not just put it in hiding.
    Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

    Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


    Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

    My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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    • #32
      Great post, I knew there was a reason I don't have a scale, thanks for the good information.

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      • #33
        My scale broke a month ago when I dropped a fishtank on it (fish lived) I am glad I haven't bought a new one yet.
        Success is getting what you want, Happiness is wanting what you get~Brother Dave Gardner

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        • #34
          Sorry, I weigh every day. I do not let it affect my moods and it is not by any means my only piece of information regarding my fat loss, but it is a piece of information put on a graph that shows a trend. Maybe some day I will mature to the place where I don't need to have that information, but I am not there yet. My main goal in life is to get back into my wedding dress whatever weight that makes me.

          #1 body weight does fluctuate, no problem, it is the trend I am watching

          #2 possible muscle mass growth is why combining the weight with the measurements is a nice combo

          #3 again, why a graph showing trend is so important

          #4 does not apply to me

          #5 having an unrealistic goal is a far way off for me.

          #6 hope sincerely, that I am healing.

          Seing yourself in a mirror is just not enough for me. A photograph maybe, but I am not realistic with what I see when I look in a mirror
          I wear dresses mostly, nothing fitted to tell me it is looser
          Energy/sleep are affected by whether or not my CPAP mask leaked, so not a good indicator of diet success

          The last time I went without a scale on a diet I ended up at my highest weight. I do appreciate the concept, and while I am very happy for those who do not need the scale, for now, I will keep mine.
          Chris
          "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
          Unknown

          My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

          My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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          • #35
            If you consider this yet another "diet" then you should probably keep the scale.

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            • #36
              I just started my primal journey today after reading PB over the weekend. I couldn't put it down. I'm not sure I will be able to ditch the scale. I use it daily without even thinking about it.

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              • #37
                Nope, absolutely do NOT consider this another or any diet. Consider it a philosophy that rules the way I eat, move, and generally interact with the world. I do hope however that I will also lose weight on this journey. And there is a lot of flexibility within the way I eat and move that can affect that and still be totally primal. But if I didn't learn from past experiences I would not be here. One of my past experiences tells me I don't do well if I don't weigh myself.
                Chris
                "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
                Unknown

                My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                • #38
                  I have lost inches all over my body, but my waist and my hips are going down in micro-measurements and I still see a lot of the body parts I didn't like before when I look in the mirror. Weighing shows me that I am on the right track. Half a pound a week to me is a concrete measurement. Thinking, when I'm measuring that the half inch I lost might just be because I'm inhaling or exhaling or not holding the measure right just messes with my head.

                  I weigh 2x daily (insert gasp here if you like ) I love seeing the difference between my weight at bedtime and my pre-breakfast weight. It fascinates es me that my body can lose 2 lbs overnight. I'm not emotionally attached to these numbers, just getting feedback that the foods I'm eating and the exercise I'm doing is doing the right thing for me.
                  Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

                  F/49/5'4"
                  Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
                  CW: 146.8 lbs
                  GW 140 lbs
                  A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

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                  • #39
                    I just decided to get ride of my scale today after a week with no movement and obvious change in body comp. I decided it wasnt helping and needed to go. This is the first time I had heard of the fat cells filling with water and then dumping it all of a sudden when your body decides its actually done with it. I would like to read more about it do you know where I could look?
                    My Leptin Reset Thread

                    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36932.html

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                    • #40
                      Great post!! CMHFFEMT- I am also very interested in the science behind the fat cells filling...dont believe I've heard that before, but it does make sense! My weight loss has been slow, also, as I am around 3 weeks into eating Primal (although I have had some cheats once a week!) Considering trying the Whole30 very soon! I'd love to get some big weight loss to get me feeling better so I can become more disciplined!
                      Overweight athlete going PRIMAL

                      11/4/11
                      SW: 228lb
                      GW: 160lb by August 2012

                      11/24/11- 222
                      12/30/11- 229
                      1/7/12- 225
                      1/17/12 (2 weeks into Whole30)- 218
                      5/15/12- 218 (Need motivation to eat a clean Primal diet!!)

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by RunBikeLift View Post
                        Great post!! CMHFFEMT- I am also very interested in the science behind the fat cells filling...dont believe I've heard that before, but it does make sense! My weight loss has been slow, also, as I am around 3 weeks into eating Primal (although I have had some cheats once a week!) Considering trying the Whole30 very soon! I'd love to get some big weight loss to get me feeling better so I can become more disciplined!
                        You want the weight loss to come before you become more disciplined?

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                        • #42
                          Like Belinda I weigh myself a couple of times a day. It is so motivating to see the figures. 18kg down and more. Sometimes I'll go a month or even more without any morning loss, then a reasonable sized drop. Other times the drop occurs bit by bit each couple of days. It also helps to lose symptom after symptom, but I'm sorry I never kept a log of what wasn't there any more, so I tend to forget what I used to suffer.

                          Losing the scales is probably good for many. I just find it helpful and enjoyable to see it coming down after years of it going up.

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                          • #43
                            I'd like to be able to get rid of my scales, but I'm not brave enough yet. However I believe the trick is to get to a point where you can stand on the scales and be objective about it - not let the numbers dictate whether you have a good/bad day/week. I think I'm just about at that point but being pretty new to PB after having been brainwashed by CW for so many years, the scales are just one of many indicators that show me I'm doing the right thing and moving (albeit slowly) in the right direction.

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                            • #44
                              i dont have a scale at home. i used to weigh once in a while at the gym. now, i have stopped that in light of the plain, obvious evidence in front of me in the mirror.

                              as OP mentioned, scale is misleading in the sense that changing body composition towards a healthy mix (i.e. more lean muscle mass) actually pushes the scale up and depresses you into an overdrive of a calorific cutback and work out mode, which ultimately leads to failure and leads you back into the binge and the great "let go".

                              it also affects you in the opposite way. if you go on low carb diet, you could lose a lot of water and muscle mass and the scale will show you a great number. you may not be at a good "shape".
                              Few but ripe.

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                              • #45
                                I find my scales highly amusing, I have dropped 8 kilo since going primal, however I have dropped 3 dress sizes and I am thinner now than when I lost weight a few years ago and weighed less. I do find the scale to be a poor indicator of my fitness and am actually stunned that I am smaller than I was before children and before I met my hubby in 2003. I pay more attention to what I can do, can I lift my own weight? Almost. Can I run 5 km if I want to? Sure can. I am fit and strong and the scales cant take that away.

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