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LISA_BUG Posts: 122
1/21/10 10:22 A

When people said stay away sodium that is what I was looking for. Tiny tips to help things out a bit. I guess I don't understand why its a bad thing when you ask for tips and then it seems like you don't have your head on straight.
That has nothing to do with it. Hence the message board are for tips and that was the only thing I was asking.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/20/10 1:43 P

Sorry for the attitude, I do find it difficult to present bad news in a super-fuzzy teddy bear way. No actual malice or negative thoughts are intended.

Just that concept - if you 'cheat' the weigh in day with tricks, then you've only set yourself up for failure next weigh-in day. You've got to do the same 'cheat' again or you'll show a gain, and if you want to show the same rate of loss, you've even got to do it more!

Consider weigh-in day just another ordinary regular day. There are no special tricks, certainly none that will show you accurate and useful information. Just weigh - just weigh what you weigh. Look for changes over time, and don't focus so much on how to cheat one particular day down to as low as possible.

BOOKKEEPER1 Posts: 279
1/20/10 1:39 P

When I was a weight watchers member some years ago our weight watchers leader told the group of us not to eat high sodium foods for three days before our weigh in day. That helped me when I was a member.

MUM-BUM Posts: 644
1/20/10 12:10 P

unident may be presenting with a sarcastic attitude, but please look beyond the attitude to the point she is trying to make. There is a lot of validity in her argument.
Is your goal to get a lower number on the scale, or to make progress?

HEEPER Posts: 1,000
1/20/10 12:08 P

Frankly, I tend to agree with Unident.

I used to try and not drink much water before I weighed in so I could happily look at the scale the next day and see a two pound weight loss. Of course, I didn't weigh myself the day after, when I drank the right amount of water which put me back up to my REAL weight.

All I was doing was fooling myself into thinking I was losing weight, when I really was just manipulating the scale, and ultimately, when I couldn't keep the little game up, I wound up giving up.

Now I focus on eating right and exercising every day. And when I weigh myself, I note what I weigh, but don't put as much stock in what I weigh as much as I consider how I am feeling, how my pants are fitting, etc. I am having much more weight loss success now! And I am sticking to it, because I am looking at other results and measures of success instead of the numbers on the scale.

Now I don't know if you're the same as me - it seems like that from the initial post. But take it from me - as someone who has been there and done that - if you ARE in the same mind set, I think you might be setting yourself up for failure. And none of us here want to see anyone fail - we want success for all of us Sparkers!

Good luck!

1THIRTY3 Posts: 308
1/20/10 12:06 P

I got my ladybug tattoo BECAUSE of the nickname ;)

LISA_BUG Posts: 122
1/20/10 11:40 A

Nice, I gained it after I got my ladybug tattoo.

1THIRTY3 Posts: 308
1/20/10 11:16 A

Lisa Bug was my nickname growing up!

LISA_BUG Posts: 122
1/19/10 4:12 P

Just wanted a few pointers.

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
1/19/10 3:03 P

I'm with those who say to eat what you normally do. Maybe avoid a dinner of pickles/ham/salty popcorn/salsa followed by a gallon of water, but besides that, just eat as you usually do.

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1/19/10 2:59 P

I think you should eat what you usually eat before a weigh in. That way the scale will reflect what's really going on for you and you'll be able to rely on that number as accurate tracking of your weight.

LISA_BUG Posts: 122
1/19/10 2:52 P

Yup that is the spirit there!

Why such the sour attitude, dang!

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/19/10 1:55 P

Well okay then, don't drink anything the day before weighin.

Dehydrating yourself makes you lose weight.

Hey, if you just want to see a lower figure on weigh-in day, there are a hundred little tricks to show up less weight than you actually "weigh".

But then don't you only have to employ those tricks and MORE next week to continue that fake 'progress'?

Try considering what you're doing here. Are you trying to record an actual weight, or a false one? Are you trying to lose weight healthily and simply record your progress, or beat somebody else in a weigh-in contest?

Apart from wanting to know if certain foods would cause a sudden gain before weighing in, so avoid them, asking what to eat beforehand says to me you're more interested in achieving the lowest number on that scale that you can every week, instead of simply losing weight and being healthy.

So go ahead. Dehydrate yourself. Make sure you've toileted (both kinds) before. Eat nothing but a light salad for 12 hours before so there's no food weight in you. And make sure you eat nothing whatsoever on weigh-in day before weighing.

But next week, you'll struggle to show improvement on that.

PAMMY520 Posts: 300
1/19/10 1:53 P

i agree Lisa...what works for one person may not work for another...who are we to judge?

LISA_BUG Posts: 122
1/19/10 1:49 P

Nobody can really tell me how I am looking at things. If I find something that is going to help me and I can stick to it than that is what I do.
Of course your not going to eat a big, greasy pizza right before, but if peanut butter helps you than that is what I will do.
Finding foods that will help you is always a plus, it doesn't have anything to do with the way your thinking or putting your mind to.

PAMMY520 Posts: 300
1/19/10 1:42 P

my friend belongs to weight watchers and she says they always tell them to eat asparagus the day before a weigh-in because its a natural diuretic and the way i look at is anything that helps is worth a try

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/19/10 1:37 P

I think if you're considering what you can eat to "help" on weigh-in day, you're not looking at this with the right attitude.

IRIE_KEY Posts: 1,261
1/19/10 11:07 A

Low sodium so you don't get a false rise due to water retention would probably be a benefit.

KAYLA200 Posts: 956
1/19/10 11:07 A

I don't think there should be anything specific about weigh in or non weigh in days. Don't add extra salt especially if you eat anything from a box, lots of fibre and water all help.

LISA_BUG Posts: 122
1/19/10 11:05 A

What are some good foods to actually help you out a day before you weigh in?
Is there anything that you should stay away from or try and consume more of to benefit for you?

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