Have you been frustrated trying to figure out what your weight is really doing when it’s up 2 pounds one day, down 1.5 the next, up 1 pound the next, then down 2.5 pounds the next? These are normal, expected daily weight fluctuations. Menstruating women in the week before their period may gain 5 or 6 pounds, to be lost almost as quickly as it appeared.
Google offers a helpful widget, the Google 15 Weight Tracker, that provides a moving average to tell you if you remain on track to your weight loss goal or not. It smooths out the daily fluctuations. To use it, you add the widget (they call it a module) to your Google Homepage, enter your goal weight, then enter your current weight periodically. The module graphs out each data point - your weights - and calculates a moving average line. If you are trying to lose weight, get in the habit of weighing daily, first thing in the morning after you void, in your usual sleeping clothes or underwear.
Click the link above to see how it looks and learn how to get started.
Steve Parker, M.D., author of The Advanced Mediterranean Diet: Lose Weight, Feel Better, Live Longer www.AdvancedMediterraneanDiet.com