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FITCHALLENGER SparkPoints: (7,321)
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8/12/11 6:23 P

Some people can't handle daily weight. To me it has been very useful. I weight myself every day and keep track of the moving average. Last week, I was at my lowest weight in several years, and the day of the weigh-in, I started the day with more than 3 pounds more than the day before. Did I really got 3 pounds of fat in one day? Obviously not.

So when I got to my nutriologist, she goes "hmmm, you must have eaten more than you should, you did not lose any weight". My answer: "sure not, I didn't eat more than I should, and no, I actually did lose more than 3 pounds, they are just not showing today". Two days later, I am at my lowest again.

What I am trying to say is that focusing just on the scale and just once a week can be inaccurate. You may well be in a similar case and not know that you have actually lost fat. Remember water is not only drunk, water is produced when extracting energy from food. You just might have more fluid accumulation, temporarily.

Do you measure yourself? You might be surprised how uncorrelated measurements and weight are.

MELISSAJANEY SparkPoints: (20,894)
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8/11/11 4:08 P

I know how frustrating it can feel to have this happen. I have walked and worked out everyday for two weeks and my weight WENT UP THREE POUNDS!

But, I know that in the long run I am doing the right thing, counting calories and burning 'em back up.

Stick with it. You WILL be rewarded.

:)

MRSMCINTOSH87 SparkPoints: (2,620)
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8/11/11 4:01 P

Don't focus on the scales!!

Are you streaking with small goals like getting your 8 cups of water everyday or going to the gym 3 times a week?

How are you eating? Are you choosing healthy over unhealthy? Are you tracking your nutrition on here?

If yes, then you're doing GREAT! Changing your life and slow weight loss is good. (Less saggy skin!!)

AND...Muscle weighs more than fat. So if you've been ST, you might have gained muscle.

Instead of focusing on the scale, maybe you'd be better off just measuring hips and waist and such every two weeks instead of weighing in.

Healthy is about looking good and feeling good! Not just about losing tons of weight!

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8/11/11 12:23 P

RD, don't assume you must have done something wrong because the scale went up. I can assure you that eating breakfast did NOT cause your one pound gain. You could have only "gained" one pound of fat from eating breakfast IF you'd eaten an extra 3,500 calories for the last week.

one pound of fat = 3,500 calories. So, to truly gain one pound of fat, a person needs to eat an extra 3,500 calories on top of their normal intake. If you know you didn't eat that much extra food, then you know you didn't gain fat. Why did the scale go up ? Easy, you're retaining water. I can easily gain 3-4 pounds in a day because of water weight. I don't let if freak me out because I know it's temporary and does pass.

Once again, just because you didn't lose weight or just because you saw a gain on the scale doesn't mean you're doing something wrong. Your weight is not a static number. It really does go up and down for many different reasons. And the most likely cause of a "gain" when you know you haven't eaten any extra food is water retention.

Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, that too is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

While it is important to maintain a healthy weight, obsessing about what the scale says isn't healthy. Don't tie your emotions to the scale. If you eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise, you WILL see change. But, you must be patient with yourself and your body.



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8/11/11 12:16 P

Ok guys, I have been doing WW for 2 weeks and earlier this week I was starting to panic because the scales had gone up. Today was weigh in day and when I got on my scales I was down to where I was last week. I was not happy about this but when I went to weigh in at WW they had me down 1 lb. I know their scales are more accurate but the only thing I did differently this week was not eat before getting weighed in. Do you thing that me eating breakfast last week had me up the one pound? I guess I am stressing about this b/c maybe I really didn't lose anything this week. I know I shouldn't worry about it but I am so concerned that this plan may not work for me and I don't know what else to do.
Thanks for your support and advice Rachael.

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