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    Best way to track weight loss?

    How do you guys track weight loss? Right now im weighting myself 4 times a week in the morning, then takes the average of those days, would this be an okey way to get an estimate at where im going?

    Also is there any need to care about day to day loses as long average weight is dropping?
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    More data is better - statistics 101. Weigh yourself every morning after peeing and before eating. This is the time of least variance.

    I use a 5/2 diet setup so my weight resembles a 'sawtooth' pattern and the only way I can get a meaningful view of progress is a 7 day moving average. If you are keeping calories the same every day, a 3-5 day moving average should be fine though.

    You can get a little more sophisticated and use an ordinary least squares line of best fit. See the SLOPE() function in Excel. If you have daily data, this will essentially give you the average weight loss per day so you can multiply by 3500 (if you work in lbs) or 7700 (kg) to give average daily deficit. SLOPE() will even work if you have missing dates - as long as you present it with a date column as the 'x' values.
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