I recently heard from someone who was getting prepared to start the Nutrisystem diet over the weekend. She had already received her food but had decided to wait until the weekend to begin the diet so that she would have a few days to get used to the program before she had to implement it at work.

In preparation for this, she was trying to understand everything that she needed to do in order to be successful in the easiest way that was possible. One of the questions that she had concerned how often she was supposed to “weigh in” after getting started. She asked, in part: “How often are you expected to weigh yourself on Nutrisystem? Are you allowed to log in your weight, record it, or keep track of it somewhere? Are you supposed to give your counselor your results?” I will try to answer these questions in the following article.

What The Nutrisystem Guidelines Say About Weighing Yourself: You'll get a good deal of information and instructions with your food order and you may notice that the company itself recommends weighing yourself once per week at the same time. They also want for you to wear the same clothes each time so that your clothes are not entering into the equation. (They do not call this a “weigh in” though.) This sparse schedule looks to surprise people. Many people assume that you're likely to step on the scale on a more regular basis.

I suspect that the company recommends this schedule because they do not want you to place any undue pressure on yourself by looking at your progress every single day. While your weight loss may vary from day to day, it really is the long term and over all results that count. My habit was always to hit the scale when I got out of the shower on Saturday mornings. That way, I had a little extra time and was not worried about hurrying out to my job or to church. But I'd recommend just sticking to whatever regular schedule works best for you. Because if you think about it, weighing yourself is only one way for you to check your progress. You'll probably also notice your clothes fitting differently before the scale indicates any changes.

People sometimes ask me if you can weigh yourself more more if you want to. I suppose that you could. But I also think that doing so might add pressure that you do not need. And I also know that sometimes, it takes more than a very short amount of time to see any real changes or any loss of pounds. I know of people who weigh themselves several times per day, but I do not understand this. How can you expect to see any real changes that quickly? It's just unrealistic and it really does not do anything to contribute to your success or your enjoyment.

Are You Supposed To Record Your Weight Or Tell Someone About Your Results? How Do You Keep Track Of Your Progress ?: This is really a personal choice. People often ask me if they are supposedly to report to their Nutrisystem counselor or keep their weight recorded in a journal somewhere. If you feel that sharing this information will help or motivate you, then by all means feel free to do so. But this is not a requirement (and some people do not even take advantage of the diet's counseling.) While the personal counseling is not a requirement, it is there for free if you should want or need it. But, Nutrisystem is not like other programs where you have to go in person and get on the scale. You can check in if you want to, but many people prefer to keep this private, especially at first.

As for tracking or recording your results, this is not a requirement either. But if you are up for this, Nutrisystem makes this pretty easy and keeps it private. They have online tools where you just go in and enter your weight and measurements and they will keep track of this for you so that you can refer back to it whenever you want. There is a weight and measurement log, a progress tracker, and a food diary. So if you are one of those folks who likes charts and graphs, you may like these tools very much. They give you a nice visual of your progress which can be very stimulating. But you are not required to do this if you find it to be too much work.