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Posted: 09 Nov 2013, 10:09
How is it possible that I gained back 4 pounds over night, seriously, I did. I weighed in on Monday and when I stepped back on the scale on Tuesday I was back up to 147. I got on today and I am 143.6. I feel like the whole week was a waste and I just worked off the 4 pounds I already lost again.

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Posted: 09 Nov 2013, 11:32
This may help:
1 pound = 16 oz of water/1 cup liquid = 6oz
+or- 5% scale error
+or- 5% body functions
So did you you drink three 6oz cups of liquid. Then you added 1+ pound
How about that scale error, or the possible irregularity in the morning?

One solution, weigh once a week, or even better once every two. Hard, I know, but that's what I do. Good luck
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Posted: 09 Nov 2013, 13:52
Also try to weigh at about the same time of day. I count the once a week. If I get on the scale inbetween I don't count it as it can bounce around.
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Posted: 09 Nov 2013, 14:00
you really want to see how inaccurate the scale is - weigh every hour. You will have shifts in pounds throughout the day.
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Posted: 09 Nov 2013, 14:12
have done that just to see what happens Very Happy
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Posted: 11 Nov 2013, 10:11
Depends on what you eat. It could be a ton of water weight. The more processed foods you eat, the more water you retain. I leaned in anatomy, sodium and water are linked. Eat more sodium you'll retain more water. Want to get rid of the bloat (ie sodium) drink a ton, ton, ton of water.

On another note my weight will fluctuate like that sometimes and it is almost always diet related. Get back on track and it will go down.

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Posted: 11 Nov 2013, 11:34
I went through the same thing last week then dropped below my lowest. So many factors could be the cause for the gain, but it came back down and made me a happy camper.

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Posted: 12 Nov 2013, 08:07
Proper hydration is critical to health and anyone trying to lose weight.
Water not only helps curb the appetite but helps convert food into energy and assist in metabolizing stored fat. NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER WILL STALL WEIGHT LOSS. wATER ...can help lower blood sugar levels quickly. The way that it works is by diluting the sugar that is in the body. When the body flushes out all of the water that you drink, the sugar will go with it.

Dehydration ...drink water and some fruits and veggies can hydrate you just as well as water...if you don't stay hydrated the body then tries to grasp onto fluids and thus water retention occurs....Grab an orange, bite into a juicy apple or munch on a cucumber, carrots, celery to stay hydrated... Also you might try Ocean Spray Diet Cran with 2 grams of sugar ...mix 1/2 cran with 1/2 water.

Have 3 ounces of protein at every meal as it stimulates the body to release the fat burning hormone glucagon...I also found that moving every 20 minutes all day long helps

Yes drink water but veggies hydrate too and some can act as a diuretic
Asparagus, watermelon altho its high in sugar (DIABETICS EAT WATERMELON 1/2 CUP AT A TIME ONLY IF YOUR NUMBERS ARE STEADY AND SPARINGLY), cucumber, celery, spinach, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, radishes, eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower, sweet peppers, spinach, strawberries, grapefruit and broccoli, artichokes, watercress, cabbage, onion, even carrots, ice slushy made from fresh berries, and also homemade veggie soup (less sodium when homemade.)

eat oatmeal, popcorn, whole rye bread

Salt attracts fluid retention...Eating too much salt boosts the production insulin, the hormone that tells the body to store fat. The more insulin you have, the more fat is stored and the more weight you gain.

There is a lot of salt in bread and cheese and breakfast cereals
Some brands of corn flakes have up to 266 mg of sodium per cup.
Some brands of raisin bran have up to 342 mg of sodium per cup.

Puffed rice and puffed wheat are sodium free.
Kashi 7 WHOLE Grain puffs are sodium free AND JUST 70 CALORIES FOR A WHOLE CUP.
One cup of vegetable juice cocktail 653 mg of sodium

Some Canned veggies, canned soups, spaghetti sauce, potato chips, cheese puffs, pretzels, ketchup, relish, anchovies, capers, headache or heartburn medicines can contain sodium carbonate or bicarbonate. French Fries and fast foods are high in sodium, fat, and calories.

If you crave sweets, it could be a sign that you consume too much salt.

look at the labels and check sodium and sugar content of the foods you are might be surprised.........skip all breads and pasta for a few days.... eat veggie berries which have the least impact on blood sugar and veggies as they can also hydrate you.

If pounds aren't coming off salt is sabotaging your effort to lose weight. Try to eat 1,000MG of salt or less per day and see the pounds start coming off once again. Cumin revs weight loss, so substitute cumin for can also try Mrs. Dash's Salt Free Seasonings.....

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Posted: 12 Nov 2013, 13:27
Water weight and hormonal fluctuations can cause weight gain on the scale. Even moon postion can affect your weight. Try to put the scale away, and weigh less often.

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Posted: 12 Nov 2013, 14:59
But don't you love going to bed at one weight and waking up 3 lbs lighter, no dieting no exercising, just sleep??
I'd say I'm scale obsessed. It doesn't bother me the small fluctuations, I just love seeing what foods I ate that made me stall or put on , such as grains for me.
I posted quite a while ago an article I had read called "Why the scales lie" i'll try to find it and post it again.
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Posted: 12 Nov 2013, 16:28
"Eating too much salt boosts the production insulin, the hormone that tells the body to store fat."

Is this accurate? It is the first I have heard of sodium boosting the production of insulin. Please don't take my question as argumentative. I just really did not know that and I'm having trouble finding any medical research articles that support it. I agree with salt causing water retention and it should be consumed in moderation and coupled with lots of water to flush it through your system. But, I'm not following how it boosts production. Can you explain this a little more?



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Posted: 13 Nov 2013, 02:49
Try this exercise: Step on the scale five times in a row, and write down or remember each weight. See how much they differ by. Some scales have a really high margin of error, and just standing in a slightly different place on the scale can make a couple of pounds worth of difference.

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Posted: 13 Nov 2013, 18:09
So very true all the more reason we should just eat right and not watch the scale.

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