One of the biggest mistakes I made when losing weight was weighing myself 3x a week. It accomplished absolutely nothing and only made me neurotic about my weight. The slightest increase and suddenly I would make myself fast for a day. Scales are good, but they should be used sparingly. Like twice a month kind of sparingly. Why? Well, in my opinion there’s no point in weighing yourself multiple times a week. So what if your weight fluctuates by a few pounds. As long as your goals are in order, you have nothing to worry about.
Nowadays I weigh myself maybe once a month. I’m 6’2″ 252 lbs. If I overeat, my clothes immediately tell me I’ve gained a few pounds. If I lose weight, again my clothes will inform me. I think that’s a better barometer of your weight than a scale. Pay too much attention to a scale, and you’ll be playing a numbers game instead of focusing on a good weight for you.
Likewise, I think the idea of BMI is stupid. Everyone is different and everyone’s body is different. Why follow one standard? It’s ridiculous. Again, rather than obsess over pounds, I prefer to focus on body fat. That’s a better indication of your overall fattage. By lowering your body fat, you’re naturally losing the weight you should lose. Not the weight you *think* you should lose.
That said, the last time I measured my body fat I came in at 20%. I was a little shocked it was so high. I’d like to get it down to 15%. And then lower it further to maybe 10%. (I was 8% at the height of my vegan diet.) To me, those numbers are more important than say, “I need to lose 10 lbs.”