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270 2/4/12 11:30 A
Thanks all. I usually only weigh once a week. However I knew I had been doing really well this week so I thought be nice to have a little boost on scales today lol. I have not added any salt to my diet myself. I used to eat a LOT of salt. This week I have not used any. Most of the foods I have been eating are fresh. Hoping it is water retention or something, or that as its so cold my body temp is doing something to scales lol.
2/4/12 10:35 A
I agree-- I just don't see how it's possible that you actually gained that much weight in so few days. Was it the same scale, same time of day, same clothes? (My walking shoes weigh a lot less than my "go to town" boots) It's probably water from salty food.
That said, the scale only measures the effect of gravity on your body at a particular moment in time. That's it. Doesn't tell you anything about fat, or muscle, or water retention, or the lack of a BM (sorry if that's TMI, but it's true). I can weigh myself mid-week and it looks like I'm not going to have a loss for the week, and then I get on the scale for my "official" weigh-in day, and I've lost 2 pounds! So I put the scale away and only pull it out for "offical" weigh-in day.
I think the lesson is, the scale is not the only way we should be measuring our progress. We need to take a look at our chest, waist, hip measurements, maybe thighs and arms too. Also how our clothes are fitting. If your measurements are going down and your clothes are looser, even though you weigh the same-- well you're gaining muscle and losing fat. Muscle burns more calories and looks sleeker than the same weight, in fat.
As for comparing how you're losing weight "this time" as to times you've dieted in the past. For me, I just left all those other times in the past. This isn't a "diet" for me, this is a whole lifestyle change. Sure, there were times in the past where I dropped weight faster-- but I NEVER kept it off.
Remember you didn't put the weight on overnight, so it won't come off overnight either. I agree that the chances you actually gained 5 pounds in 2 days is highly unlikely. That means you would've had to eat 17,500 calories above and beyond what your body used in those days. (5 lbs x 3,500 calories for 1 pound of fat)
I don't know if you're weighing every day but if you are, may I suggest you do it once a week? Our weight can fluctuate naturally from day to day and if you weigh yourself daily, you may just drive yourself nuts.
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2/4/12 10:17 A
Gaining 5lbs of fat in 2 days seems improbable. It should be water retained in your body that is causing the extra weight. Instead of weighing yourself, measure the circumference of your belly, and not when you know that you are bloated.
Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 2/4/2012 (10:18)
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270 2/4/12 9:32 A
Bit frustrated as just weighed in town and I have gained 5lbs. I weighed on tues and I had lost 4lbs. I know I should not have weighed today as not due but could not resist it.
Since last Saturday I have been calorie counting. As advised on here I am having 1900 per day. It has been going really well and have been eating a lot more healthy foods. Also I have done a bit more walking than I usually do. Is it possible that before I started again last week, that the bad foods I was eating have caught up and made me put on weight? I hope not but I cannot understand otherwise why I have gained so much since Tuesday.
Another thing I have not been drinking much water this week and a bit more coffee. I need to start drinking water again. Could it be as my neighbour suggested that as it is so cold my body temp is making me put on weight? Or is that just wishful thinking. In the past when I have tried to lose weight it usually falls off me at first as I have so much to lose. Bit discouraged since weighing to see that I have gained. Especially as I know I have been trying really hard.
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