To add to what was already said, it is possible to fluctuate as much as 5 pounds (up or down) from one day to the next (and that's not including changes such as wearing a 5 pound belt =P). One to three pounds up and down might be more common.
The scale weighs everything: bone, muscle, blood, fat, water, undigested food, waste, even moisture from the air in our hair and on our skin. Many people don't realize it, but two glasses (16 ounces total) of water weighs a pound. Drinks like coffee, tea, juice, or soda might weigh a little more. If you weigh before and after drinking that, you'll probably see a gain. If you weigh after a potty trip, you may see a loss. That's how constantly variable it is.
The scale can't tell you a breakdown of where weight was lost and where it was gained, so that number alone is best used only a rough guide.
In addition to making sure you're drinking enough water, actually tracking your food is a good idea. Eating less in quantity but eating higher calorie foods, for example, won't help us meet our goals. Find out where you're actually at in terms of your desirable calorie range to lose and your actual calorie range that you're eating in. Pay attention to serving sizes. Eating 2 tbsp of peanut butter is healthy. Eating 1/3 of a jar with a spoon is a shocking number of calories. (Been there, done that. Even added honey to the mix.)
Blue, Lethie, or Jennifer May - I answer to them all (aka Astraxialus in NaNoWriMo) San Jose, CA BLC#20 & BLC#21 - ONYX OUTLAW
I second the motion about increasing water - 3 lbs in 4 days has to be 'water weight' because it's impossible to gain that much 'real weight' so fast unless you're waaaaaay out of control with calories. Don't forget to weight and measure, watch the types of foods you're eating and make sure you balance everything out. Good luck with your journey!
Lynda in Orange County, So Calif
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Fitness Minutes: (645) Posts: 16 2/28/12 10:00 A
Welcome to the team. I know when I first started I changed my diet but I didnt get in enough drinking water. The water makes a big difference and so do the exercise. I have gotten the nutrition part of it down, but I do struggle with the 8 glasses of what in a day. Some will say that you take your weight and cut it in half and drink that number in lbs, but in oz and that should make the difference. Good luck and keep up the good work.
current weight: 177.0
Fitness Minutes: (645) Posts: 16 2/27/12 10:01 P
Hi guys hope all of you are doing great with meating your goals.!!!! I do have a ? Fir you guys see who can help me?.. I'm eating less, I incorporated more vegetables to my diet, small portions but yet I have gained 3 pounds in 4 days.. What am I doing wrong???? I need HELP..!!!
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