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1/10/19 12:41 P

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1/10/19 12:34 P

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Unless you can understand both intellectually and emotionally what the number on the scale is actually telling you, then you might be better off following the suggestions to avoid weighing more than once per week (or month).

Realistically, the scale number is telling you the mass of everything on and in your body at the time that you step on it. This includes:

- your fat tissues
- your lean body tissues, skeleton, circulatory system, organs
- your bodily fluids (blood, lymphatic fluid, water held in cells and organs, digestive fluids, etc.)
- any foods or liquids in the process of digestion
- any surface moisture (humidity held in your body hair and on your skin --- not necessarily noticeable to you, but it varies throughout the day)

Through the course of the day, you will be eating and drinking, urinating and defecating, digesting and processing foods, moving through different areas of humidity, carrying more or less clothing, and your whole body will be going through the processes of living (holding or dropping water, building or repairing cells, adding or burning nutrients) --- all of these will show as differences on the scale, even though none of them have anything to do with what you think of as gaining or losing "weight".

If you start measuring, you'll notice that you typically ingest 10-12 lbs of fluids and foods during the day (ignore calories - we're talking purely about how much your food weighs, which is all that the scale can measure). Your body will take varying amounts of time to digest and process these, depending on your personal metabolism / food types / fibre / etc. --- with transit time varying between 4 and 72 hours. Your body will retain or release fluids in your cells depending on need, and it will vary based on a huge variety of things such as hormone levels, exercise or injury, stress levels, medications, and even the weather.

Discounting clothing, it is perfectly normal to have a 6-8 lb fluctuation through the course of a day, and day-to-day fluctuations of a few lbs are quite common as well. This is why it is more important to track TRENDS - data over time (weeks and months - not hours or days) to see what is actually happening with your body. If you normally have fluctuations of a couple of lbs day to day, and are "losing" 1 lb of fat per week, then it is going to take up to 4 weeks for that "loss" to show up as your new "average" in the trends - and not be hidden in the fluctuations.

Lots of us intellectually understand this - but still have an emotional reaction to that number between our toes. If that is something that you deal with, then it makes much more sense to weigh far less often (once per week or once per month - and then track the trend over time). Change your focus and goals to not be dependent on a scale reading, but instead on things that you can directly control in real time (more nutrient-rich foods, more enjoyable activities, more self-care, etc.)

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1/8/19 9:39 P

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I agree with LUANN_IN_PA - give up weighing yourself so often!!!

I know that people will often say weigh yourself daily, but I strongly suggest that you rethink that recommendation because those who are are upset by 'non-satisfactory' results often end up throwing in the towel. I suggest that if you are one of those, get rid of your scales for a while and instead be guided by:
* How your clothes fit
* The quality of your hair/skin
* The quality of your sleep
* Your energy levels
* Your fitness levels
* Your BP and/or Bloods if they were problematic

The number between your toes is just ONE measure of success but one which people often tend to solely rely on. The others put together are a far better indicator of success.

Most people will gain weight as the day goes on, but that doesn't mean that they are doing anything wrong. That 800 calories, or ANY calories in fact, would NOT make a difference to your weight so soon after eating. What makes a difference to the weight fluctuations is fluid retention; food/drink that is still in your system; hormones, and if the clothes you are wearing in the latter weigh-in is different to the former one.

I don't know what time you posted this, but hopefully you haven't been tempted to go too low in your calories, or ditched important nutrition .... like quality carbs and healthy fats! A low carb diet can often cause a person to pee like crazy in the beginning.

Good luck with reaching your goals .... HOPEFULLY in a much less stressed fashion.


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1/8/19 8:02 P

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"I feel like giving up (again!)"
Give up weighing yourself so often.
Try once a week.

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1/8/19 5:37 P

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Thanks -- i like the mid transit idea :-)

The scale is my enemy lately and not budging so i get frustrated - thanks

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1/8/19 5:22 P

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At most weight yourself once a day, and at the same time, like first thing in the morning.

Some suggest not weighing yourself daily, but perhaps once a week. You are weighing more than once a day. Don't do that.

Your weight fluctuations are not body fat fluctuations. Its water of some form, or perhaps food mid transit. Not fat!

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1/8/19 4:29 P

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I think it's fairly standard that throughout the day, the body gains weight as you put food, water, and everything else in it. I typically weigh myself at the same time of day to avoid this, and also don't weigh-in every day.

Also, depending on your exercise routine, you may gain "weight" that is actually muscle, while still losing fat.

Give yourself a chance to see if things change by morning if you really want to weigh yourself again so soon -- but don't give up! Each day is a new opportunity to see that scale go down.

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1/8/19 4:07 P

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Can anyone out there explain "the scale"?
How is it that I am six pounds heavier than when i was this morning when i weighed in?
I literally only ate 800 calories up to now and drank 32 ozs of water and am peeing like crazy!

I feel like giving up (again!)

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