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SIMONEKP
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8/11/13 1:16 A

I weigh daily and sometimes see some fluctuations.



ONLINEASLLOU
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8/10/13 11:37 P

I weight daily and see fluctuations of about 1 pound typically -- but ocassionally as much as 2 pounds from one day to the next.



MSASHUA
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8/10/13 3:19 P

I have been weighing weekly but I think I'm going to switch to every other week. I also get frustrated with fluctuations........ emoticon



ROBBIEY
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8/10/13 2:20 P

I weigh myself everyday.
The changes from day to day is expected.




BITHOO
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8/10/13 2:03 P

I'm down to weighing just once a MONTH (while carefully tracking and exercising) because I can't STAND seeing the fluctuations. It got worse when I experimented by weighing myself, then taking a shower, and seeing that the weight had apparently dropped almost half a pound after I got out of the shower... Just too weird. I wind up feeling that there's no point in bothering with careful eating and exercise, because anything I lose or gain will be overwhelmed by a pinch of salt or a little humidity in the air!



MANDIETERRIER1
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8/10/13 11:48 A

I only weigh once a week. I used to weigh daily but those little fluctuations started upsetting me.



LAURIEANDBLUE2K
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8/10/13 9:41 A

I used to weigh myself weekly and now I weigh in about 2-3 days per week. I find that if I eat anything salty the night before I weigh a half pound more, but that quickly goes away during the next day when I exercise.



KPA1B2
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8/5/13 7:02 P

My husband weighs himself daily. It helps him to keep things under control. For me, I do it weekly, sometimes more often if it's fluctuating between a couple of numbers.



DEANNA0725
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8/5/13 6:47 P

I weigh myself on sunday morning only because I know that I will get obsessed with my weight if I do it every day.



TRIXIETEXAS
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8/5/13 4:33 P

I weigh daily. I figure if I only weigh once per week, what if the weigh-in day is the day I have a bad fluctuation, and I think I've gained 5 pounds for the week or something? So I prefer daily but with the understanding that there will be some fluctuations, but it's the overall downward trend that I am going for. I also take my measurements once a month to make sure I'm headed the right direction.



RENATARUNS
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8/5/13 2:40 P

Fluctuations like you see are just salt, or possibly alcohol, causing water retention. There's no way anyone who isn't in a full-out binge would overeat by enough in two days to add 2.5 pounds of fat (that's about 10,000 calories over maintenance). That doesn't mean it's necessarily a good thing to "let go" as you describe -- it may or may not be depending on exactly what you're doing and what your personality is and so on -- but it's a separate issue.

As you've seen, water gain based on something unusual in your diet will generally go away after a few days.

There's also hormonal/monthly water gain. Personally, I have seen shifts of up to three pounds overnight because of this. For me it can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to reverse itself and start to go down again (or up, now that I'm more or less maintaining).

I can also see fluctuations of up to about two pounds just within the course of a single day.

For me, knowledge is power. I would rather know that a given weight is off the overall trend and therefore probably meaningless, than weigh only every 7 days or less and have to guess. So I weigh on average daily.



CLARK971
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8/5/13 2:16 P

I usually weigh myself most days, with the understanding that it changes during the month. After tracking since 1/12, I know what sort of trend to expect. I am in maintenance, and am trying to not log a few days a week (usually Friday-Sunday) to see if I can still maintain. I don't actually 'pig out" on those days. I try to still be mindful of my calories and portions, even on non tracking days. If I ate 1000+ calories over what I needed to maintain on each of my non tracking days, it would add up.





R383CC48
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8/5/13 1:21 P

Daily fluctuation are normal: if you eat something with a little more salt you might see a gain on the scale, or sugar, or alcohol, or if you work out a little bit harder than normal, or if you don't get enough water, or if it is TOM, and probably some other things that I am not thinking of at the moment.

For me I would say a 5 pound or so fluctuation is normal if I had a restaurant meal the day before, or some other out of the ordinary eating/drinking.

That is what I do for the most part -- watch my food really well during the week and am less careful on the weekend, or am better on the weekend when I have some type of eating event during the week.



SONICB
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8/5/13 12:46 P

This is one reason why a lot of people recommend not weighing yourself every day and just choosing one day of the week (e.g. Thursday) for your "official" weigh-in.

My body used to never fluctuate by more than 1 pound, but after I started exercising more regularly, it can vary by as much as 2 pounds in either direction. My guess (hope) is that it's water weight, and that my muscles are just retaining more water because I am using them more. Ehhhh, rationalization. :)



AHUVAK1
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8/5/13 12:18 P

SO cool! Thanks



CMCOLE
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8/5/13 12:09 P

There's a site (I found out after creating a spreadsheet) that you enter your weight daily, and it will calculate a moving average.

In other words, it will take the last 'x' days (say 7 if wishing to know what your weekly average is), and return the average.

My spreadsheet does the same thing, and I do it for calculations up to 90 days, just for comparison.



AHUVAK1
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8/5/13 11:29 A

For better or for worse I weigh myself every day, but log my weight once a week. On the weekends I kind of let loose with my food, and often eat over my calorie range. Then, as you would suspect, the scale goes up, sometimes it goes up 2-2.5 lbs! Then I feel a little guilty.... watch myself and get back down to my weight by my Thursday log in. Do those of you who weigh yourself daily every have these big weight fluctuations? Am I doing something egregiously wrong? Or for those who are in maintenance, it's OK to pig out a little on the weekends, and then just be careful during the week?



 
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