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2,953 2/18/13 5:18 A
It isn't the scale but more than likely water retention. A sports nutritionalist told me that a person's weight can fluctuate by 5 lbs a day. I would think if you were weighing in at 10lbs over your norm, then get a new scale.
PS Make sure you are drinking that water as it flushes out the salt in food which, in turn, keeps down the water retention.
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7,530 2/17/13 11:52 P
That's why I only weigh myself once a month.
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1,651 2/17/13 3:35 P
I love my digital scale - let me go see what brand it is......................... Well, who knew, it's an official weight watchers scale made by connair. It's 10 years old and still accurate. I can gain five pounds in one day after a heavy weight work out at the gym. It comes right off the next day. I also weigh everyday as it is the only way I will stay on track. If I don't weigh, it's because I cheated and am in denial. Continuing on that path piles the pounds back on.
I would rather weigh more and be firm than less and soft (flabby)
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10,250 2/17/13 1:22 P
I've also been in the market for a better scale. Check out:
As a general rule, Tanita scales get good reviews for consistency.
You might want to go ahead and invest in one that also measures "body fat percentage." I put that in quotes because they don't really measure fat; they give a rough measurement of water. But having that extra number can help with the emotional issues of daily weighing. If weight goes up but "body fat" goes down, it means that you're probably retaining a little water (probably the case for you if you did an especially intense workout the day before your weigh-in). If weight goes down but "body fat" goes up, you're probably dehydrated and shouldn't be disappointed if the weight goes back up the next day. If both go up, there's reason for concern, and if both go down... Yay!
Just be aware that the "body fat" reading is only useful for comparison. Seeing which way it moves is helpful, but the actual number is only accurate to something like 10%, which is totally meaningless.
I've had my Tanita with the "body fat" thingie for over 8 years now. It was around $50, which seemed a bit pricey at the time, but it's probably one of the best investments I've made in a household gadget. I've only even had to change the batteries once, and it uses AAs, not some expensive lithium button thing. I'm sure there are other good ones, but that's my recommendation. And it weighs in increments of .2 pounds. I don't think there are very many brands that can get to within a tenth; that's a pretty low tolerance for weighing something as big as an adult human.
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1,078 2/17/13 12:36 P
MINIMINIV--sorry I didn't see this until today! But I LOVE the scale I got from Target! It also has settings to enter 4 users, so my boyfriend decided he wanted to "play" and compare numbers with me haha.
I like how much it incorporates instead of just the overall weight number.
while I weigh daily, I chart it by doing a "running average" so I calculate the average of the last 'x' days by adding (say two weeks) worth of weight and dividing by the number of days. It gives me a better indication, as weight can fluctuate daily (even hourly)
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9,666 2/15/13 8:03 A
Actually yes, you can "gain" 3.5 pounds in one day. I've gained as much as 9!
Your weight is not a static number. It's a vital sign, like your blood pressure, or temperature. That doesn't mean you gained *fat*! 3.5 lbs is well within the range of normal fluid shifts for your body.
You'll see an upward shift usually around your menstrual period, or if y ou have a higher sodium dose than normal. Every time I eat out, I blow up like a balloon.
I'm also guilty of weighing everyday. Some days my weight will go up 2 lbs. for no reason. It is probably water weight. But usually in a day or two it will be back down.
I have a Tanita scale that measures body composition. It was over $100 but, I wanted to get fat percentage, ect. It measures in 10th of a pound. I don't do the body composition but every one to two weeks, because it is trickier. You have to do it in the afternoon and be well hydrated.
I could try the batteries... I never thought of that. Thanks for the tip. Though, it might be nice to have a scale that measures to a tenth of a pound rather than just half. Hmmm.... anyone out there who can recommend their scale?
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23,953 2/14/13 5:25 P
I agree. We have 2 scales in different rooms. We caliber them to zero and one will be 4 lbs higher than the other!
Thanks for the weigh-in advice everyone, but I'm definitely from the daily weigh-in camp. It just works for me. As NINERIN said it helps to see the overall trend, especially if you "first of all make sure you are only weighing yourself first thing in the morning, right after going to the bathroom and before you ingest anything [a cup of water weighs half a pound]. "
Actually the weight problem I'm dealing with now is partially the result of me not weighing in daily. Once I stop weighing daily I avoid the scale out of dread. If I weigh in weekly & get a bad weight it will pretty much ruin my entire week. Sad, really, but true.
What I was really wanting to know is if anyone is happy with the scale they have and if so what kind it is & how much did it cost? I know this scale has to go because sometimes I can get on it & it gives me a weight, then step off it and back on and it actually reads one whole pound heavier. Not half a pound, but one pound. I would like a quality scale that gives consistent readings, but I don't know how much I'd have to spend to get one that I know is good quality.
KCLARK89 - Are you happy with the one you got from Target?
I weigh in every morning - I try to keep the time between 8 and 8:30 am. However these days I am out walking around 7am so I weigh in when I come home - I don't trust that weight nor do I use the pre seven am weigh in numbers - always different than the 8 o clock numbers.
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1,220 2/14/13 1:37 P
yes, I am guilty too of weighing daily. you have to look at it weekly and know that you will have fluctuations.
weigh only once per week. Weight loss or gain is not all from fat.
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1,078 2/14/13 11:40 A
I will echo the others by saying don't weigh yourself too often.
However, I purchased a scale from Target recently; it is a Weight Watchers scale that uses electric current to measure not only weight, but BMI, water weight (as a percentage and as lbs), and body fat (also as lbs and a percentage). That one was about $35.
first of all make sure you are only weighing yourself first thing in the morning, right after going to the bathroom and before you ingest anything [a cup of water weighs half a pound]. beyond making sure you are consistently weighing like that a 5lb per day variation in your weight is entirely normal. so if you weigh 150, you can see 145-155 on the scale without having gained or lost an ounce. that is why you can't just use one or two weigh ins, you need several to note the overall trend of your weight. water weight is a biggie for those variations and salt and exercise are two big causes of water retention. yep, some exercises mean that your body needs more water to repair the muscles after you're done, so your weight bops up for a bit while that's happening.
Of course you didn't gain 3.5 pounds in 1 day..that'd be 3.5x 3500 calories = 12,250 calories extra you ate in 1 day...which obviously didn't happen.
I'd say keep the scale, but don't weigh yourself more than 1x a week. You're going to see daily fluctuations like the one you saw. 60% of your body is water-- so obviously there's going to be some fluctuations based on how hydrated you are, when your last meal was, last bowel movement, etc. I wouldn't worry about it unless you really know you are eating over your calorie limit and are being sedentary.
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