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9,698 2/25/13 4:23 P
Remember that your weight is not a static number. Your body will shift as you eat, poop, pee, and breathe. This is all normal; you will of course gain during the day.
Go weigh yourself. Drink a glass of water. Go weigh again. You'll gain weight! You didn't gain *fat*, you gained a glass of water.
Don't weigh yourself more than once a day unless it's just for experimental purposes. I did it once to see, and discovered that could gain as much as 9 lbs in a single 24 hour period!
Choose one time per day at the most, preferably once per week. Weigh at the same time, under the same circumstances (most people prefer first thing in the morning, before breaking their fast, after their morning constitutionals, before they get dressed.) The individual number doesn't mean as much as the overall trends over weeks and months. Your weight will always vary as much as 5 lbs over the course of a given week.
when you pick your time to weigh, pick a time that is right after you wake up, right after you use the bathroom and before you eat or drink anything. because food and water have weight. so if you step on the scale after breakfast and a glass of water you'll weigh almost as much as standing on the scale beforehand with the glass of water and plate of food in your hand [the weight of the plate and glass being the only difference]. food will lose its weight as it gets converted to energy and the rest is eliminated as waste, but until that time it will show on the scale with you. which is why you can't get any sort of accurate reading of where you are from a single weigh in. your body varies by up to 5lbs per day without you gaining or losing an ounce. which is why having a few weeks of spaced out weighins is more important than any one weigh in. that way you can see the trends on the scale rather than the day to day bobbles.
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2/25/13 1:53 P
Thanks, all! I'm gonna go nuts if i freak out everyone i gain weight during the day when a normal person would lose lol.
Any time you're "violently ill", discard that weigh-in.
Wait until you're healthy for at least a couple of days, and then weigh-in, or just wait till the next week.
2/25/13 1:00 P
I am forcing myself to weigh JUST ONCE per week. Would drive myself crazy (and have, in the past), weighing every day, or multiple times per day, wondering what my "true" weight really was at any given moment in time.
Just pick your first weigh-in. Nevermind the changes in water retention and errmmm stomach contents.
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3,554 2/25/13 12:52 P
Choose a day and time to weigh in every week. Weigh yourself wearing the same clothes each time. That is your official weight.
For example, I weigh myself every Monday morning around 6am without clothing.
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2/25/13 12:34 P
I believe my trackers are public, and I had quite a few events this week that left me with less than stellar food choices...based, both, on what was available and my own choosing...but I tried to be as accurate as possible (eating at a local restaurant so I didn't have exact recipes, etc). That said, I weighed myself yesterday morning and looked to be down about two pounds. I made a salad for breakfast (I know, I know...lol) and proceeded to get, ahem, violently ill, shall we say...and ended up being two pounds heavier afterward. Literally within an hour. So, I either lost two pounds and change, or lost, basically, nothing. This happens ALL the time. I don't know how to accurately weigh in and keep track of any losses, etc. Any insight? Thanks!
I should add: I have a very wonky schedule so I rarely eat, for example, breakfast food for my first meal, etc. Also, I tend to eat a bigger breakfast on Mondays as I am running ALL day long. I also have a very sensitive stomach that hates a lot of traditionally healthy foods (see the salad example), so any advice is greatly appreciated!
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