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12/18/17 2:07 P

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" Any suggestions to feel better about myself while I regroup.?"
Yeah, don't weigh yourself every three days.
Weight loss is not linear.
If weighing so often makes you feel bad about yourself, weigh no more than once a week.
I weigh twice a month. That's enough for me!

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12/18/17 12:51 P

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"I,m renewing my commitment to track food and exercise on Spark people" Renewing your commitment to tracking your food and exercising are the 2 things that will definitely make you feel better about yourself! We all have little setbacks, some that are real and some that seem like it but aren't. Hang in there, you've got this.

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12/18/17 12:39 P

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What you're experiencing is nothing more than a fluctuation in your water weight. 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. My weight can vary as much as 2-3 pounds in a DAY because of a shift in my water weight.

During my cycle, my weight can vary as much as 5-7 pounds. I don't freak out because I know it's nothing more than water retention.

AND not to get TMI, did you weigh yourself after a decent bowel movement ? Food has weight. Water has weight. Your body's waste products have weight. So, if you don't do a poop in the morning, the physical weight of all the food, water and waste products from the day before in still in your intestines.

In short, what you're experiencing is NORMAL.

If you weigh yourself regularly, you will notice that some days you'll be up and others you'll be done. You're not looking for the day to day trends. What you're looking for is a downward trend over the next few weeks and months. If you freak out every time the scale goes up, you're going to end up pretty miserable.

So, stop tying your emotions to the scale. There is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning.

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12/18/17 8:13 A

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I am a low carb person, ... very low carb, so I'm aware of how this impacts weight.

If you cut down what you eat, and cut down on carbs your body uses its store of carbohydrates, and they are stored in liver and muscles. Its essentially a stored form of sugar. You can google "glycogen". It turns out that the typical body stores up to about a pound of carbohydrates. But in this form the carbohydrates are stored along with about 4 times that weight in water, so roughly another 4 pounds of "water" for a total of about 5 pounds.

Do you remember the Nutrisystem commercials with Marie Osmond? "Loose 5 pounds in your first week, guaranteed." Here is a link to that commercial on youtube:

That is not 5 pounds of body fat. It is after the body has burned that glycogen that it turns to body fat.

But lets say I've been on a diet, not eating much, and burned off that glycogen, then I eat two big chocolate bars, and each bar weights 100 grams (about 3 ounces). Since chocolate bars are almost pure sugar, it is going to get stored along with water back into that glycogen, so the 200 grams of chocolate will get turned into about 1000 grams (about 2 pounds) virtually instantly, like in half a day.

It is after the glycogen is full that your body stores body fat. Glycogen is a sort of fast access storage, body fat is slower to store into, and slower to get to. Glycogen manages fluctuations in what you eat, body fat is longer term storage.

So my advice ... don't worry about fluctuations. Stick to you plan. Weigh yourself under the same conditions, same time of day, etc. ...

I always weight myself with no clothes, and always first thing in the morning. If I'm not obsessive (though I usually am), I try to do this only once or twice a week, not daily.

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12/18/17 3:45 A

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There is no way that that is a genuine weight increase. There are a myriad of factors which could cause it. Here are some:

* time of day you weighed compared to previous weigh. Generally a person's weight increases as the day goes on.

* If you were wearing clothes, different clothes weigh different amounts.

* Whether you had visited the loo prior - this can EASY account for a much bigger difference, even just pee

* The amount of food still in your digestive tract.

* The amount of sodium in your recent meals - more sodium = more fluid held in the body

* Fluctuations to your hormones

Don't worry about it. It happens to all of us at times. Just so long as overall the weight doesn't continue to rise, in which case you need to talk with your Dr.


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Didn't change anything and 2.5 pounds up. Freaking out that gets me to 205.5 Yech.
I,m strying to feel good about myself but I feel like i'm a weight magnet.
I,m renewing my commit ment to track food and exercise on Spark people. Any suggestions to feel better about myself while I regroup.?

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