Just stay off the scale. Go by measurements, how you feel and how your clothes fit. If you can swing it, getting your body fat measured with calipers is a much more accurate indicator on the scale. If you are weighing on different scales and different times of a day, it seems like you are letting the scale to be too much of a focus on your efforts.
True health and fitness can't be measured on the scale. Don't let it drive your journey.
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Your weight is not a static number, and it never has been. :) It's more of a vital sign, like your blood pressure, or your temperature. It will fluctuate based on the foods you eat, sodium, hormones, even the amount of sleep you have.
This is why SP recommends once a week, under the same circumstances, time of day, etc. Even the same clothes!
IT's completely normal. Some people like to weigh daily and record their *average* for the week. I've always liked that.
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Salt intake, menstration, heavy beverage consumption, water retention and many other factors contribute to variations in weight.
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I weigh myself nearly every morning first thing after using the bathroom and before showering. My morning weight varies by 2-3 pounds day-to-day. Since I've been doing this a while, I pretty much know whether it will be higher or lower within my range before I get on the scale. There are a lot of things that can effect this, the main things for me tend to be how much sodium I had the day before, whether I drank alcohol, what exercise I did, monthly cycle stuff, if I ate out or had a late dinner, whether it was a very hot day, etc. It is important to learn not to attach too much importance on the day to day (or hour to hour--that is even worse) variations on the scale because so many things effect this. And it is mainly only fat (and possibly excess fluids) that we want to lose. Fat loss is slower, quick ups and downs are mostly fluids and digesting foods. This is one reason it is also good to take measurements so you have another set of information to evaluate progress.
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I'm convinced my weight fluctuates so much because my scale must be broken or playing a trick on me...lol JK Water weight has a lot to do with it and that is directly connected to how much sodium we take in every day.
A variety of things can do this. TOM, what you ate the previous day or two (as far as I know it can take up to 72 hours for food to be digested), the intensity of your exercise and water weight just to name a few. I wouldn't worry about it unless it keeps going up and up (or if it keeps going down for no reason). Mine tends to fluctuate between a couple pounds and the week before my period it can go up by 7.
3/15/13 2:52 P
Completely normal. My weight can do that over the course of a few hours. It has to do with how much water you've drank, how much food is in your stomach, whether or not you've used the toilet recently, or a whole host of other things that don't mean much in terms of weight loss and healthy living.
If you are bothered by the numbers jumping around, you should probably not weigh so often. No more than once a week. And even then don't focus so much on WHAT the number is. Just make sure that over time it is trending in the right direction.
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4 3/15/13 2:38 P
Three days I weighed myself in the morning. The scale read 122 lbs. The next day I step on the scale it read 127lbs. The next day I weigh 124lbs. I am so confused! Is this normal? Does your weight fluctuate as my much as my weight does?
It doesn't matter which scale I use, I get the same results. I just bought a new scale. I have an old one that I use. I use my mom and dad's when I go to their house. I can weigh myself in the morning at my house, then go to my parent's house I use their scale and get the same number. I know that my scale isn't inaccurate.
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