Tracking Your Weight and Health
Using this window, you can enter your daily weight, blood pressure, body fat percentage and other
important health indicators.
Tracking your weight and health this way allows you to use the graphs
and statistics built into WeightWare. These will show your
health trends, and help motivate your weight management efforts.
To monitor your weight over time, and help motivate your training and diet programs,
try to record your weight frequently. Once each day is best, but don't worry if you miss a few days -
WeightWare will automatically create estimates for the days you miss.
To ensure best results, your weight measurements should be as accurate as possible. To accomplish this:
- Use a digital scale,
or a doctor-style balance beam scale.
- Record your weight at the same time each day. First thing in the morning
is best (this is normally your lowest weight of the day).
By recording your weight consistently and often, and using the WeightWare
Statistics and Graphs views, you'll
have useful, accurate, feedback on how your diet and exercise programs are affecting your weight.
Note: day to day weight variations of 2-3 lbs (1-1.5 kg) are common. These can occur for a variety of reasons,
including retained water, bowel movements, menstrual periods, etc. Don't be overly alarmed
if your weight goes up 2 lbs in one day (and, conversely, don't be too thrilled if your weight goes down this much in
one day). WeightWare takes these normal flucuations into account, and averages them out when it calculates your
Weight Trend and moving average weight.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Your Body Mass Index is automatically calculated each time you enter your weight.
You can click the "Help" button next to your BMI to learn more about what it means.
Moving Average Weight
Your moving average weight is shown below your
weigh-in weight. It is calculated using your current weight plus your previous weights, resulting
in a number that filters out the daily fluctuations. Your moving average weight is a more reliable
estimate of your "true" weight than your daily weigh-in weight.
This important field shows exactly how your weight has changed over the last 30 days. These numbers will
tell you how your weight loss program is working, and provide you with advanced warning if
your program is getting off track.
weight trend is always shown in several ways.
The first number shows your daily energy trend - this is an estimate (based on your weight) of your
average daily energy deficit or surplus. The second set of number shows your
rate of weight change by week, month, and year. For successful weight loss,
it's best if your 30-day trend is around -1 lb (-0.5 kg) per week. This is a
safe and achievable goal for most people. Even slower rates of weight loss can be
help achieve substantial weight loss, as long as you
maintain the trend over longer periods of time.
You can record how many hours of sleep you got the previous night in this field.
If you have a cold, flu, or injury, choose the corresponding entry in the drop down list.
You can rate how you are feeling, on a 1-10 scale, by using the slider.
Feelings that are not recorded (i.e., equal to zero) will not be included when
You can enter any notes you want to make here. For weight loss, this is a good place to
record what you ate, how you are feeling, etc.