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ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
1/23/14 11:03 A

When you say the overall calorie intake is 'mostly the same,' what do you mean? It's all about calories. But if the scale is going up a little and then down a little, sometimes it's water weight - water that you are holding because of higher sodium intake, for example, for monthly hormonal fluctuations.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,145)
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1/23/14 9:13 A

What does your salad consist of?

LOUIE-LILY Posts: 5,502
1/23/14 8:54 A

I think you should try adding some protein to your salad.

ANARIE Posts: 13,185
1/23/14 8:46 A

Nirerin said it exactly. Weight and fat are NOT the same thing, at all. If you're weighing daily, pretty much all of the difference you see is due to water. Water is heavy, and raw veggies have a lot of water-- but water has no calories and does not create fat. When you eat a salad for dinner and then weigh yourself before it's digested, it's just the same as if you got on the scale carrying that salad in your hand. You're weighing yourself plus the weight of the salad.

Fat changes far too slowly to see it if you weigh every day. It's like trying to measure the how fast a child is growing by using a yardstick that only has inches, no fractions. It takes at least a month to change a full inch. If you measure the kid every day, it will seem like she's not growing at all. Most people only measure their children when they go to a doctor or need new clothes.

If you feel you have to weigh yourself every day, that's a personal thing, but you have to be aware that you're measuring water, not fat. The daily measurements aren't an indicator of whether you're actually gaining or losing weight/fat, so maybe try weighing every day but only writing it down on one specific day of the week.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,249
1/23/14 8:16 A

slower digestion at night doesn't mean more stored fat, slower digestion at night means that you're less ready to expel the waste in the morning and therefore the food is still in you when you weigh, thus the higher number on the scale. over time as you keep losing, the scale will still show the downward trend of your loss, it will just take a little time to add up to greater than the weight of the salad still in you in the morning.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,253
1/23/14 8:11 A

ARE YOU DRINKING LOTS OF WATER? Mild dehydration can stall weight loss...Proper hydration is important for anyone to lose weight. Fruits and veggies also contain rich sources of water to help us stay hydrated. Dehydration is a common cause of water retention. Water sodium buildup in the body.

Check you sodium intake as well...Avoid soft drinks as they contain salt. Chicken can sometimes act as a diuretic...perfect side dish, sauted asparagus with garlic, mushrooms and the chicken. you can also use asparagus in salads...Add high water foods like cucumber,celery, spinach, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, radishes, onion, even carrots


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1/23/14 7:45 A

I find vegetables make me bloated, probably due to the fiber content and yes, raw vegetables are harder to digest. It's possible that it's leftover fluid retention you're experiencing in the morning? I wouldn't let it stop me eating salad for dinner. Fat loss is the goal and eventually you will see it resulting on the scale even if fluid retention is the culprit masking it.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 1/23/2014 (07:46)
BLOSSOMGIRL2 SparkPoints: (5,122)
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1/23/14 5:02 A

Hmm yes, I do weigh myself every morning. I find this to be useful, because I can notice "mistakes" (= having eaten too much) so quickly and make corrections. Maybe I'm too obsessive with this. I'll make an experiment and weigh myself weekly for a month, and see what happens.
I googled this phenomenon, and found several articles that said that raw salads and veggies aren't that good in the evening, because they are much more difficult to digest. During the night, the body is in resting mode and therefore digestion is even slower. Some articles say, that this will result in storing more fat. '
I don't really believe that and I can't believe the long term effects on my weight loss will be significant. What I can understand is that it might be better for overall digestion to eat things in the evening that are lighter for my body. I'll go on experimenting and report on this emoticon
Thanks so much for your input!

TANITHSEH1011 Posts: 217
1/23/14 4:48 A

Try cutting back your weigh ins to weekly or even less (unless your have a medical need to watch very closely) I like to measure instead by using a tape. Even then though I only do this monthly, I don't even own a scale.

As for when to eat and what I would say go with what makes you feel the best. sleep is when our bodies do the major repairs on our bodies so perhaps something with a bit more protein would be better but everyone is a bit different. Pay attention to how you feel more so than the numbers and you may find your results even themselves out.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (247,020)
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1/23/14 4:15 A

No - I don't have this experience, and haven't actually heard of others having it too. I wonder if you are weighing yourself all the time? If this is the case, I would be inclined to ditch the scales, at least for a couple months, and be guided more by how your clothes fit you. There are many other ways of measuring success.

I would be interested to hear if others have noticed this phenomenon.


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1/23/14 2:54 A

Hello community,

I'd like to ask you something I just noticed: is there anyone of you having problems to lose weight when eating raw salads for dinner?
I just analysed my food and watched the scale going down and sometimes up again and my conclusion is: for some reason I can't explain, I don't lose when I eat salads for dinner. I lose perfectly if I have them for lunch, and a light cooked meal for dinner, like grilled chicken with some vegetables and a boiled potato. The overall calorie intake is mostly the same. I think it's really strange and just wanted to know whether anyone has experienced something similar?

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