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05-16-2007, 08:21 AM
This is mostly in response to the thread(s) startedon the WAHM.com fitness boards:
I’ve found some interesting articles on the topic of weight fluctuations throughout the day. I know it happens to me… I’ll be 3-5 pounds heavier during the night time hours & when I wake up the next morningi’m back down 5 pounds less. So…. why does this happen?
Scales don’t always give you the whole story about your body or your weight loss progress. For that reason, scales (when used alone) are not a good method of tracking weight loss. Another reason to dislike scales is what many people go through (including myselft at one time)called ‘Weight Loss Psychosis,’ http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gifor the tendency for otherwise rational people to abandon all reason, lock themselves in closets and/or ditch any and all healthy behaviors because…why bother if the scale doesn’t change?
The problem with body weight scales is that they measure everything–fat, muscle, bones, organs and even that sip of water you just had. The scale can’t tell you what you’ve lost or gained, which is important information if you’re trying to lose weight…and by weight, what we really mean is fat.
Here are just a few things that can increase your weight, causing it to fluctuate as much as 10 lbs in one day:
Water. Because the body is about 60% water, fluctuations in your hydration levels can change the number on a scale. If you’re dehydrated or have eaten too much salt, your body may actually retain water, which can cause scale weight to creep up. Similarly, many women retain water during menstrual cycles, which is another thing that can make that number change.
Food. Weighing yourself after a meal isn’t the best idea simply because food adds weight. When you eat it, your body will add that weight as well. It doesn’t mean you’ve gained weight, it simply means that you’ve added something to your body (something that will be eliminated through digestion over the next several hours).

Muscle. Muscle is more dense than fat and it takes up less space, so adding muscle could increase your scale weight, even though you’re slimming down.

That doesn’t mean the scale is useless. In fact, it’s agood tool when you combine it with your body fat percentage. Knowing both of these numbers will tell you whether you’re losing the right kind of weight…fat. Simply multiply your weight by your body fat percentage. For example, ME http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley17.gif, who weighs 193 lbs with a current 32.3% body fat has 31 lbs of fat and 118 lbs of lean tissue (193 x .323 =62.33 lbs of fat, 150 -62.33 =130.67 lean tissue/muscle).
Keeping track of these numbers on a weekly or monthly basis (not daily)will help you see what you’re losing and/or what you’re gaining.

Here are some articles that explain it in greater detail:

Many factors can cause daily weight swings - no matter what you eat (http://www.azcentral.com/health/diet/articles/1025weighin1024cp-fluctuate.html)

Weight fluctuations: are you losing body fat or water? (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/17846/weight_fluctuations.html)

To your health,

~ VilmaEdited by: veperez

05-16-2007, 08:38 AM
My Gyno told me to get a true weight, weigh first thing in the morning after emptying the bladder. Most people's weight will fluctuate during the day.

05-16-2007, 01:50 PM
I don't trust the scale at all any longer, and mine even measures body fat. Okay, okay, I trust the body fat part, but that's it http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif Why? Because this week, the scale has went up slightly, but since Friday,I have actually lost inches (don't ask me what made me measure again this morning since I just did it Friday, but I did and I am so glad!). I understand why the scale went up because my good eating habits were thrown out the window on Sunday, but had I not measured, I might have been tempted to drown my sorrows with some really not so good for me food...LOL!

But, yes, I think it's inevitable for our weight to go up and down all throughout the day. I don't really pay attention to that anymore.

05-16-2007, 07:50 PM
My Gyno told me to get a true weight, weigh first thing in the morning after emptying the bladder. Most people's weight will fluctuate during the day.
Very great advice. I weigh myself in the morning as well. And I learned the "emptying the bladder" by accident a few months ago. Weighed myself, peed, weighed again just for the heck of it.smileys/smiley36.gif I didn't think there would be a difference or much of a difference. And sure enough, I weighed less. smileys/smiley2.gif

*Weigh in the morning before eating.
*No clothes.
*Use the bathroom first. smileys/smiley4.gif

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