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AMDODSON12 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/2/12 12:09 P

Tracking your food is sooooo important in weight loss because there are always those sneaky foods, you know the ones that go in your mouth but you don't think about (a sample at Sam's club, or a couple of pretzles....) that we forget about. Also I would pay more attention to your body measurements and not the scale.

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9/2/12 10:30 A

Two thoughts:

I have a BMI measurement on my scale. I gave up relying on that a long time ago. I just do not think it is accurate.

Not tracking your intake can lead to a lot of false assumptions. I made the healthy diet assumption all of the way to 285. I read just the other day something I have seen before, but it hit home even more. You cannot exercise your way to weight loss if you are not eating correctly. To me the biggest part of tracking you intake is to show just where you stand. Without it you are just guessing. I once lost 70+ lbs through 60+ minute exercising a day and not tracking my intake. But, the food I ate during that period was not sustainable in the long term and I put most of it back on. I never thought that I would track food. Now I am anal about it and have dropped 20lbs in 39 days. The numbers tell me why and help me make good decisions on which food to eat and how much.

Good luck!!!

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9/2/12 9:53 A


What kind of scale are you using? Are you sure it is measuring your BMI or could it be measuring your body fat percentage?

If it is the latter, these scales are very unpredictable and are not the best means of measuring body fat--over-hydration, dehydration and even wet feet can skew the number.

The reason, these special scales use bioelectrical impedance (weak electrical signals) which can only estimate your body fat percentage, but can be impeded by bone from getting through to the upper portion of your body, therefore, they may only measure fat levels in the lower body (the signal travels up one leg and down the other), so they don't provide a full picture of the fat level of your entire body.Therefore, these scales can have a large margin of error (around 10% or more according to some studies).

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

9/2/12 9:28 A

dont be awkward we all are at times first you are watching what you eat that is great but i would recommend go back on the sparks page and go to watch my nutrition button this has helped me so much it breaks it down what youv eat and tells u your counts and the goals you should be in and it calculates for you and yes i think its 95 percent accurate.. your weight tends to increase at least 2 pounds a day so the best time to take your weight is in the morning at the same time it is how the body shifts with your weight and muscle is more weight pull back on the working out and if u dont walk walking is a good thing for bmi iam struggling with weight issues but with the sparks nutrition tracker has helped i do my wii fitness 30 to 40 min a day the gym was not giving me results but the wii does over all i have lost 60 pounds ..and maybe as you watch the nutrition page calculate maybe your taking to much of something in i know i have to stay away from salt and suger let me know how you make out have a great day

BHARRIS227 SparkPoints: (1,487)
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9/2/12 9:10 A

Even though I don't think those scales are incredibly accurate, I know on my scale, "BM" is actually supposed to be Body Muscle %, not BMI..

LARISSA_NY Posts: 200
9/2/12 8:37 A

Depending on how overweight you are now, your goals of increasing muscle mass and decreasing BMI may be incompatible. Muscle weighs more than fat by volume, and BMI is based solely on weight and height, so someone who's solid muscle will weigh more than someone with the same measurements who's mostly fat - and therefore, they will have a higher BMI. You might want to adjust your goals to de-emphasize BMI if you really just have a few pounds to lose.

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9/2/12 5:29 A


I agree. Don't assume something is wrong because the scale has gone up and don't trust body fat scales. They are notoriously inaccurate.

What you're probably experiencing is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. 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.

There are many different reasons a person's weight can go up that have nothing to do with the food they eat. Shifting hormones are one reason. Exercise is another. So, don't beat yourself up because the scale went up. As you lose, you're going to see many ups and downs. BMI is only one way to measure a person's health and it's not the best because it doesn't include a person's lean muscle. It's just a calculation of weight versus height.

And when it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. In short, if you're not eating right, the weight won't come off. You'll get fitter faster, but not necessarily scale lighter.

Have you been logging your food choices ? If not, I'm going to recommend that you do. You could be eating more than you think and well, you might not be eating enough. Eating too little could hinder a person's weight loss in the long term. So, if you're not logging, do try to log because you might not be eating quite as healthy as you think. We all could make improvements. Do you eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies ? for optimum health, a person should eat 6-9 per day.

What are you doing for strength training ? If you want to increase lean muscle, you have to strength train. Cardiovascular exercise is not enough. You must make strength training part of your exercise routine if you want to decrease your body fat. So, if you're not strength training, I'm going to encourage you to start. If you're not sure where to start, check out the fitness section. Coach Nicole has a bunch of short 10-15 minute workouts you can do at home.

Just a few thoughts to consider.

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9/2/12 3:23 A

I wouldn't be inclined to put too much emphasis on the scales.

There are a lot of variables where it comes to weight - the fluid retention (did you consume more sodium? The time of month? Certain Medications?? There are loads of reasons for that. Don't rely on the scales for any of the figures they give!

It would probably pay to track your nutrition for a little while at least and see what is happening. Sometimes things can change slightly over time - enough that we don't notice it, and the changes may not be so good. I weigh all of my food for increased accuracy. Some foods it probably doesn't matter much, but then when you are factoring in some others, it can make a HUGE difference!

For the BMI to increase that much, it is generally quite a bit of extra weight! Try using the SP one - you need your accurate height and weight!

Sorry can't be of more help, but I am sure that there will be others who can!


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 9/2/2012 (03:36)
I_WANT_TO_RUN Posts: 388
9/2/12 2:54 A

I'm becoming frustrated.

My goal is more to tone and drop a few lbs. Though the lbs are not as important to me as improving my stats (BMI and Muscle Mass) and losing my belly. Nothing major like some of you, I don't know how you do it. So I do feel awkward about telling you I'm disappointed.

Ok I admit I'm not watching my diet that closely, however, I do have a healthy diet. I'm not over eating or eating any more than I was four weeks ago. And my weight has fluctuated up and down since then. I thought this was because I was building muscle.

I am working cardio at 1 hour every other day and building muscle. I can see a difference on my thighs and bottom.

Only when I stand on my scales and it calculates my BMI, Water %age and Muscle. My BMI has increased by 1.4 points. Even if the scales are not that accurate, they are consistent.

Does anyone know what I am doing wrong?

My thanks

Edited by: I_WANT_TO_RUN at: 9/2/2012 (03:35)
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