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5/9/13 4:15 P

That's good advice about the night before's meal, I haven't paid much attention to digestibility. I'm not a coffee or tea drinker, but I thought caffeine might help reduce the water weight since I thought it's a diuretic. But I just Googled and it seems that's a myth or only applies in large doses to people who are not used to it. I didn't take much this morning, just the equivalent of one coffee but I don't consume it on a regular basis either. It probably didn't do anything either way. P.S. I love your handle, that was a great Friends episode :)

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5/9/13 3:33 P

I'm no expert and this is purely what I imagine might work: Skip the workout the night before, and eat a very light, easy to digest dinner (plain chicken and lots of plain fruits and veggies). Stick with fruits that have a lot of natural water content and drink lots of water. You already know to stay away from sodium, which is good. If you're a coffee drinker, maybe eliminate that as well the day before and the day of? Coffee makes me bloat sometimes. Try green tea instead.

Out of curiosity I googled and came across this article. I might have to try the apple cider vinegar tip sometime:

Or just get naked, maybe your coworkers won't mind. emoticon

Edited by: REGINA_PHALANGE at: 5/9/2013 (15:34)

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5/9/13 11:38 A

Thanks for the replies. I drink plain water morning, noon, and night, it's pretty much my only beverage these days. I do have a regular workout schedule for the evenings, after work, but I try to work that little extra in if I can wake up early enough for it. It was the fact that post-workout we may hang onto water weight that I was worried about. I'll probably skip them on weigh in days.

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5/9/13 11:13 A

You got a great response below! Drink lots of water, especially the day before, because it also helps flush your system. But M@L is absolutely right - the biggest thing you can do is focus on establishing a habit of regular exercise.

Good luck to you!

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5/9/13 6:44 A

At 3500 calories to a pound of fat, an individual workout is going to make an imperceiptable difference to your weigh in. The main contribution of working out is that it contributes to calorie burn over the long term. In fact, given the tendency for muscles to retain water for a few hours after a workout, it may actually increase your very short term weight. Focus on establishing a HABIT of regular exercise instead.

If you want to reduce your weight in the very short term, focus on eliminating sodium the day before a weigh-in. Sodium (salt) causes the body to retain water, and is probably the biggest short term controllable factor in your overall weight. Of course, while cutting sodium is definitely good for blood pressure and heart health, it is irrelevant to body fat.


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5/9/13 6:08 A

I'm in a weight-loss contest at work, we weigh in Monday and Thursday mornings around 730-8am at work. Other than the obvious tips like, after going to the bathroom and before eating/drinking, etc. What other tips and tricks do you use to get the lowest weigh-in possible? Our first round of the game, I lost by 0.4 pounds and it kills me :) I've been wearing the same outfits on weigh days every week for consistency. Mostly I'm wondering if I should or should not exercise in the morning before I go into work. It's usually just a 10-15 minute quick video from here that I do in the mornings. Thanks in advance for the advice.

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