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Water retention

Monday, May 27, 2013

My feet are puffy and I know I've had too much salt so my weight is off. I think  the antibiotics assisted the water retention.  I guess the thing to tell my brain is there's no question water is being retained.  so ignore the scale for now.  

But the reason I want to know is whether my calories are off.  Do I cut intake or boost output?  My cardio was pretty low last week.  I guess increasing exercise is better insofar as I'm improving my health because it conditions my metabolism while cutting input diminishes metabolism.  fitbit altered their system, I may be showing less fitness minutes.  It used to count shopping and chores but that may have changed.  

So that old question, if there was no scale how would you know if you're on track?
1)  Am I suffering too much with hunger?
No, but I am a little hungry a couple times a day which is appropriate for weight loss.
2)  Am I overly tired, sore or bored with fitness?
No I'm pretty sure I could do more.
3)  Am I noticing changes in how I look or feel?
Yes, I can see my iliac crest and obliques.  Not like an athlete, but closer to a caryatid. I feel leaner which is part of why I check the scale.  Also I was checking in for the end of Spark Solution challenge.  Maybe I am gaining muscle Not 2 pounds worth, but some. My protein and fiber are up, my sugary treats are way down and I feel stronger. I guess I could try a bodyfat check.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUMPINJULIE 5/31/2013 10:29PM

    Sounds like your doing great I think your retening water.

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HAKAPES 5/31/2013 4:02AM

    That's difficult to answer. As for myself, I make daily a weight and fat%-muscle% measurement in the morning. This helps me a lot track how my hydration level changes from one day to the other, as usually a few % up and down is due to water.

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AJDOVER1 5/28/2013 5:51PM

    A human body is about 60% water so I don't know how we can dismiss it. It totally screws up the pervasive "calories in vs calories out" theory since neither salt nor water have any calories at all, but they certain impact our weight.

A temporary shift in your weight does not necessarily mean you're off track. If we're looking at weight, we need to look at the overall trend, not a single weigh-in compared to another.

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NEEDBU66 5/28/2013 10:44AM

    You sound right on top of things. I bet you'll confirm what you know.

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NILLAPEPSI 5/28/2013 7:35AM

    When I know I've had too much salt, I drink more water that day. It helps flush it out faster. Water retention is such a pain!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LRSILVER 5/28/2013 4:56AM

    I am in the same situation. I am up. Dont know why. I think it is water weight.

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SHEL_V2 5/27/2013 9:29PM

    Just when we think we're all zen with this, some crazy algebra problem comes along. I just treated a stall with more food (up to 300 cal/day over, lots more protein) and the same exercise. Dropped 2 pounds in a week! Now it's "shark week", deciding if I just keep on eating like one?

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DESERTJULZ 5/27/2013 9:09PM

    I like the "do more exercise to rev the metabolism" vs "eat less which diminishes metabolism" statement in this blog. So very true!

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