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DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
11/15/12 4:16 P

Same scale, same time of day, once a week. Anything more than that and you're giving WAY too much power to a simple measurement tool (and not the best one at that).

As others have mentioned, there are too many daily variables to worry about that small of a swing. You're looking for a downward TREND, not a straight line.

Take a deep breath and back away from the scale, my dear!

CAH-RD Posts: 1,055
11/15/12 3:57 P

My body can fluctuate 4+ pounds based on the day and even more based on the time of day! Do not worry about the difference day by day, but watch the scale more on a weekly basis. Also, you want to be sure that you're measuring with the same clothes (or without) and with the same scale. I know many scales are off by numerous pounds and clothes/shoes can make a significant difference too.

I always weigh first thing in the morning, after urinating, while naked. That way it's roughly the same time, no clothing discrepancies and a better idea of fluid balance.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
11/15/12 2:59 P

You cannot compare your doctor's scale to your own.

Did you weigh yourself two days ago on your home scale first before going to the doctor? If not, then you don't know if you gained 0.8lbs, stayed the same, or even LOST!!

You MUST always use the same scale, same time of day, same conditions. If you get your doc to measure you sometimes, just ignore that value and use your own home scale for all progress recording.

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11/15/12 2:44 P

After reading your other thread as well, I would not force foods when not hungry.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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11/15/12 1:47 P

As everyone else said, weight can vary a lot day to day. I'm maintaining but I still weigh every day (same time, same scale, buck naked before I shower, after using the bathroom), and I see my weight go up and down. I only would worry if it consistently stayed up, like for a week or more. It ALWAYS goes up if I'm about to start my "lady time". Also this might be TMI, but think about your umm... bowel movements. If you haven't had one in a day or so, that could add a bit of extra weight.

Also, remember it takes 3500 EXTRA calories to gain a pound of fat. So, unless you consumed an extra 2800 calories in 2 days, you did not gain .8lbs of fat.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 11/15/2012 (13:48)
AMANDAWKY SparkPoints: (0)
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11/15/12 1:22 P

I am finally seeing results after struggling with my weight for so long and seeing that number go up instead of down sends me into a panic. Damn female hormones!

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
11/15/12 1:21 P

doctor's scale vs. your scale-- big difference. dr's scale is probably better. time of day-- did you eat before you went to the doctor-- were you fully clothed. Which scale are you using for your official weight.
When I was with my doctor's weight loss clinic-- i used theirs. When I started WW-- i used theirs.

I can gain upwards of two pounds from one day to the next. Did I consume salty items the day before weigh in? If yes, the water weight is a killer. is it my time of the month? Am I wearing the same clothes, am I weighing in at the same time. did i eat or exercise prior to standing on the scale.

Don't fall in the trap. That is a device to weigh yourself. It is NOT the do all end all rating of success or failure.

Again being just on day two-- weigh in once a week or even once a month. Don't stand on that contraption every day or multiple times a day. Weight fluctuates just like your BP and glucose levels.

Take note-- how are you feeling? Do you have more energy? Are your clothes fitting better? are you sleeping better?
The scale can't measure those things. YOU CAN.

STEPHEN_NANNY SparkPoints: (0)
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11/15/12 1:18 P

oh you can't sweat little weight swings like'll get ulcers!

.8 lbs...heck, I sneeze and lose .8 lbs...I just think about my Aunt's blueberry pie (made with real lard crust btw), and I gain 2.

The body is waaaay too complex with too many variables to worry about a pound or two up and down from only one day to the next (salt, water, sleep, thinking of my aunt's pie).

Edited by: STEPHEN_NANNY at: 11/15/2012 (13:19)
ELOQUENTZ SparkPoints: (6,833)
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11/15/12 1:15 P

Considering that your body can vary in weight during even one day, I wouldn't worry about 0.8 difference. For me personally, I don't count a weight loss number until I consistently see that number on the scale. What you're looking for is a downward trend. If you're only on day 2, yoiu don't have enough data yet to determine that.

AMANDAWKY SparkPoints: (0)
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11/15/12 1:13 P

OK I had a doc appointment 2 days ago and i was 387.2 I got on the scale today and it now says 388.0. Water weight? i dont know but i am trying to not get focused on the numbers! I skipped a day of workout because i was sick, surely it wouldnt set me back like that would it?

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