If you want to test the scale you can weigh anything really. A 5 pound sack of sugar would work. Weigh it several times, both in one spot and moving the scale to a new spot. If it registers the same each time, it's accurate.
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One of the fringe benefits of eating healthier is that for many people it also leads to a lower salt intake. And less sodium = less retained water. It is actually pretty common to see significant drops in weight in the first week or two, as the body lets go of some of that retained water.
This one-off drop is nothing to be concerned about - in fact, lower sodium is a good thing for your health (eg. lower blood pressure) quite apart from what the scale says, and is to be welcomed.
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9,672 4/8/14 10:09 A
To be honest, I think it more likely that you were simply retaining water when you first weighed yourself, and now you're closer to your real weight. You haven't lost that much fat; our bodies shift constantly, and losing fat takes weeks, not days. :)
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
You've made a positive, but drastic change in your eating habits and exercise habits. I don't think it's that unusual to drop a large number of pounds in the first few days or weeks when just starting out; it happens to me too, though not as much as when I was younger. Most of it is probably water weight: it should level out to more reasonable levels.
If the scale continues to fluctuate wildly, it may just be that you have a lemon of a scale and may have to return it.
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6 4/6/14 4:29 P
Did you check the batteries in the scale ? If you're batteries are dying, that would explain the odd reading.
As the others have noted, water weight fluctuations are not unusual. I can gain or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of a shift in my water weight. Have you noticed that you've gone to the bathroom more frequently these past couple of days ?
Also, not to get TMI, but did you weigh yourself after a bowel movement ? water has weight. the food you eat has weight and if you don't do a poop in the morning, the physical weight of all the food and water you ate the day before is still in your body. So, have you noticed unusually robust bowel movements ?
Try it some time. Weigh yourself before and after you go to the bathroom, there can be a big difference.
I would test your scale. Do you have a 5 pound hand weight ? If so, weigh it multiple times and see if the weight the scale displays changes. If the scale measures exactly five pounds each time you weigh the hand weight, then you may have had a large water weight fluctuation in the past few days.
Here's the thing, if your scale is okay, you may see your weight go back up if your body starts to retain water again.
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6 4/6/14 11:48 A
Neptune: Both days it's said I've lost 5 pounds from the day before, it's been in the same spot. The day it said I weighed the same as the day before is the only day it was in a different place, lol. Perhaps I've found my lucky 'scale spot'? ^_^
GypsyGoth - I guess I should enjoy it while it lasts, eh? I'm definitely not trying to look a gift horse in the mouth, lol. I know that I'm not supposed to pay much attention to the daily fluctuation of the scale, because that would drive us crazy, and I don't put much stock in the daily weigh-ins, just the weekly ones, but as someone who has made more than one attempt to lose weight, 9 pounds in 4 days just blew my mind because it's never happened to me before, and it happened to me AND my fiancee! I do the daily ones because I just can't help myself ^_^ Plus, if it does creep up, at least it's inspired me to perhaps walk an extra 10 minutes or something! :)
Thank you both for your replies!
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4/6/14 11:27 A
In any given day, your weight can fluctuate about 6 pounds due to water & food. I don't think 9 is crazy to see after a few days of being serious about getting enough water, moving, and reducing calories.
Just don't expect it to happen again after this first week
Kind of a weird question, but did you move the scale? I have an old house and slight unevenness in the floor will make the scale read a different weight in different spots. Try moving it around and weighing yourself to see if this is the case for you.
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6 4/6/14 10:11 A
I apologize if this is in the wrong area... I wasn't sure where to put it.
So, the day before I started SparkPeople, I bought a scale. I weighed myself and it said 183. That was Wed.
Today, it says I'm 173.8
How is it possible that I've lost 9 pounds in 3 days?
My fiancee has noticed a very similar drop in his weight as well, nearly 10 pounds.
I used to drink nothing but sweet tea all day (I estimate I consumed between 550 - 600+ cals/day in tea alone!). He used to drink sweet tea almost exclusively, too, unless he drank soda with dinner, but he consumed approx 6 8 oz cups/day when he was working.
We've changed our drink to water, and changed our diet, started eating breakfast, salads, etc. and staying near the low range of our calories allowed for the day.
Lifestyle-wise, we've joined a gym (gone twice so far), and he counts all the walking he does at work as his exercise on the days he works. Since I don't work outside the home, I walk around the neighborhood on days he works, and join him at the gym on days he is off.
I've walked 1.5 - 2 miles each day since I got the scale, and usually, I'm on my butt all day, other than cooking dinner or throwing laundry in the washer/dryer.
So, my question is, is the dramatic drop in what the scale says a result of us actually consuming that many fewer calories on a daily basis, or shedding water weight, since neither of us ever drank water before, the extra activity, or a combination of all of the above?
Is this something I should be concerned about, or is this dramatic drop normal in the beginning for mostly sedentary people who suddenly start eating right and moving more than they used to?
I've done SparkPeople before and while my first week or two has always been more than the recommended max2 pounds/wk, usually closer to 5 or 6, I've never seen this before.
Both our weights followed the same pattern, we weighed ourselves, and on day 2, we'd lost about 5 pounds, on day 3, we were the same as day 2, and on day 4, we'd lost another 5 pounds.
If anyone has experienced something similar to this, or can explain it, I'd be much obliged. :)
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