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1/16/18 7:03 A

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The number isn't that important. How your clothes fit is a much better measure. Yes, it's nice to see the numbers go down but I wouldn't worry about the big difference between the initial weigh in and 10 days later. Just keep working at it and your clothes will start getting baggy! Best feeling ever when you HAVE to get new clothes.

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1/9/18 1:13 P

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Sounds like you are off to a good start!

As for the accuracy of your scale...does it *really* matter? Unless it is fluctuating wildly day to day... it is giving you the information you need even if its not "accurate" exactly. (Accuracy vs Reproducibility) What you want to see is a slow, continued down trend over time. There will be days you go up a few pounds, there will be days you go down a few pounds--and THAT is normal-- what counts is what happens over 2, 3 or 4 weeks.

Don't let a piece of equipment play a mind game with you!! Focus on eating right and taking care of yourself in new ways. Even without a scale to "measure" the effect of your changes---those changes are still making a difference.
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1/8/18 2:07 P

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I think other people have the right idea, mentioning water weight and inflammation. Heck, I can lose a few pounds after a bowel movement.. :-D Your cycle could affect things, anything could affect things.

That said, I have noticed an issue with my scale; I can move it to a different place on the floor, and I have a different weight! So, I'd suggest moving your scale and seeing if anything different happens.

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1/3/18 10:18 A

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Congrats! I have friends that have lost like that initially. Yes, it is no doubt water mostly....but not all! Take it, and know you earned it by choosing a healthier lifestyle. Keep it up girl!

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12/31/17 12:43 A

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I vote for a bad scale..... or since you're near 300, you may have a scale with a max of 300? I went through several before I landed on this one. I love it because it has no gadgetry and has a large well lit readout. Repeats consistently and proves to be pretty accurate compared to the Doc's scale. It also has a 400-pound max so you would be nowhere near that:

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12/30/17 3:48 A



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When a person first embarks on a weight-reduction diet they tend to drop more weight initially and then it slows off. The heavier a person is, the more weight they are likely to drop in that initial period. It is mainly water weight initially.

Given that you have changed your eating habits (i.e. including lower carbs and sodium) I would put money on it being fluid loss, and I am NOT a gambler LOL! Excess carbs and sodium are well known to hang on to fluid weight. Perhaps you may have noticed you are peeing (volume and perhaps frequency) more often?

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12/30/17 1:07 A

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The body uses an inflammation response to deal with things it doesn't like. A sports injury for example ... sprain an ankle and the body swells up that part with water so that you can't move it much, and its harder to hurt it more.

Biochemically, if the body is dealing with a toxin, it tries to dilute it, and this can cause systemic swelling. If you start eating more nutritious healthier food your body will probably feel less stressed by the junk foods, and need less fluids to dilute the junk.

Don't discount your water weight loss as not a loss, I would count it. I'm guessing that your scale is not off. At some point someone will notice and ask you how much you've lost, and won't it be nice to say 35 pounds rather than 15?

FYI I'm a low carb guy. Very low carb. That is not the norm, but I eat that way to help manage my type-2 diabetes.

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12/29/17 10:24 P

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I have stopped eating high carb things. I also think that you may be spot on about the inflammation. It is probably the fluid loss. I noticed that I don't have near as much water weight, inflammation as I used to. I feel healthier and I don't feel as sluggish anymore. But it is probably just that my scale was way off to begin with. So I'm going to restart my weight loss number at my current number and go from there... Thanks for helping me think through all of that. I was alarmed.

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Its not all body fat that is for sure. A pound of body fat holds 3500 calories, and if did nothing but drink water (so no calories at all) then you probably burn about 1800 a day, and you could loose a maximum of 1/2 a pound of body fat a day, so in 10 days at most 5 pounds of fat.

So it is something else. If you have stopped eating carb high things (rice, pasta, potatoes, sugar, sugar filled drinks ...) then maybe you could loose about 6 pounds of glycogen, carbs in you body stored with water in your liver and muscles. Maybe another 2 pounds of body fat in that time. But it still leaves about 12 or so pounds unaccounted for.

My only other idea is that you were eating things that were unhealthy, and had a systemic inflammation, so fluids all over the place. Changing to healthier eating let those fluids go.

Are you feeling better with your change in diet? More energy, healthier ... ? I'm guessing that you do.

"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine by thy food." - Hippocrates

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12/29/17 9:43 P

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When I started this program on the 19th of December, my scale was showing me at 296 lbs. I was very upset by this and it is actually what started me on my new weight loss journey. I started to watch what I was eating, how much I was eating and I started drinking more water. It is now the 29th of December (10 days later) and I stepped on my scale. My scale said 277 when I stepped on this morning. Do you think something was wrong with my scale to begin with? Is it possible to lose 20 pounds that fast? Maybe it was water weight or something? Does anyone have an explanation?

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