Good idea, I do the same as you for weighing. I am on a very low sodium diet and find if I happen to eat foods that are loaded with it I will put on several pounds which is a fluid retention.
Do you know of foods that might help with a fluid loss ?
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487 1/9/13 5:53 A
There are lots of things that can make a difference to what you weigh. I've found the best way to get a more accurate weight is to weigh first thing in the morning. I get out of bed go to the loo then step on the scales naked. I have weighed myself 2 hours later just to see & been 7lbs heavier. So choose a time which is best for you & try to stick with it . Good luck, Don't give up, you will see a loss soon.
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88 1/7/13 11:15 A
I am glad I saw this thread today, of all days. I weighed myself and found that I am the heaviest I have ever been. Nearly TWO years of doing Sparkpeople. One would ask why do I keep doing it if it isn't working (actually, it was me asking myself) but the answer is that I could gain alot more if I quit.
I don't understand how I keep gaining as I DEFINITELY have output than input, but I may never know or understand. I don't have a choice, but to keep going.
It took me 3 months before I started to gain weight. I was very discouraged. I was told that my metabolism had slowed down because I had not been eating balanced meals and often enough. But after 3 months I started to lose. Hang in there! You are on the right track!
Thanks so much for the info even tho' I didn't ask it. BUT I sure needed it ! Thanks for Sparking.........................
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19,307 1/6/13 3:10 P
While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. This isn't the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It really could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that's perfectly normal.
Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to "gain" weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.
And well, not to get TMI, but when is the last time you had a bowel movement ? Your waste products have weight. So, if you don't do a poop in the morning, the physical weight of all the food you ate the day before IS still in your body. The food you eat has weight. The water you drink has weight. Your calorie count could be exactly 1200 for the day, but you'd still gain weight the next weight if you were retaining water.
Try it some time. Weigh yourself before and after a bowel movement. Did you lose weight ? YES ! Did you lose fat ? Nope.
That's why you can't let the scale rule your emotions. There are many different reasons it can go up and that really doesn't mean you did anything wrong.
You are being successful, Raven, you just need to measure your progress in new ways. Are you tracking your fitness minutes? Do you have other lifestyle goals--getting enough sleep, drinking water, reading an inspirational story, fixing an old favorite food with a "recipe makeover"? The scale is a merciless tyrant; as Coach Nancy says, your weight can fluctuate significantly in a single day. Focus on the other healthy changes to see how much progress you are truly making.
I may walk slowly, but I don't walk backwards. --Abraham Lincoln
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46,222 1/6/13 9:07 A
As you so wisely pointed out, you did not gain the weight overnight, you are not going to lose it quickly either. But know that the fruits of your labor may take as long as 8 weeks to show up on the scale, but that does not mean changes are not happening within your body. Know that all changes in the body must begin at the cellular level so it's going to take time.
Know too that your body's weight is not a static number, but can actually fluctuate by as much as 7 pounds in the course of a single day which is why we should not place our success in embracing healthy habits only on the number on the scale.
Hang in there. The changes are happening.
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11 1/6/13 7:30 A
I know I am not always within the nutritional goals but I have at least been tracking what I eat and coming closer. I seem to do better with just writing it in a notebook than tracking on here but either way everything including beverages and sauces have been getting tracked. I have been doing a cardio video and the corresponding day of strength training for the January jump start challenge. I have cut back on pop and eat more fruit and vegetables yet I am gaining weight faster than when I did doing absolutely nothing. I gained 1.4 pounds in the last week. I didn't get this big in a week so I didn't expect to shink to nothing in a week but my goal was lose .5 lbs this week. I'd like to tell myself this is just muscle gain but I don't think I could be pack on muscle that fast. Any advise is welcome.
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