Fluctuating weight

  • sfboy987

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    Jun 23, 2011 4:11 PM GMT
    So I have been eating well and exercising a ton for about 5 weeks now, and I went from like around 158 to 152 lbs. However, this past weekend I went to friend's huge family party so I kinda ate and drank to my heart's content. I got back home two days later and the weight scale read 156 lol. Did I simply gain the weight over the weekend? Or are there other reasons like the weight scale is inaccurate? I have been following a diet that restricts carbs, but not completely. Maybe the sudden influx of all this food and beer made me gain weight faster? Hope I don't obsessed with my weight, I just want to make sure I know my stuff. Oh and one last question, are there any health risks to fluctuating weight? Any advice helps thanks!
  • SF2PS

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    Jun 23, 2011 6:17 PM GMT
    Fluctuations in weight of 2-5 lbs are normal, and things like the amount of salt you eat (which causes you to retain water) have a big effect. Remember, on average you need to eat 3500 EXTRA calories to gain a pound.

    Give it a few days and you will probably revert toward your normal weight.

    If you weigh yourself daily, always do it at the same time and expect the variation. Some people weigh themselves weekly. Others do a running average.

    On the flip side, if you are serious about dieting you need to hold the "binges" to a minimum. I always try to make up for them with some extra cardio - at least it makes me feel better!!


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    Jun 23, 2011 7:30 PM GMT
    I also have large weight fluctuations as well... Up to 7 lbs lol. I think a lot of it has to do with water weight from weekend eating of not as health food. I even made a topic about my weight getting too low, which turned out to just b a fluctuation.

    I typically gain 3-5 lbs over a weekend and am back to my norm weight by tues or wed. It can definitely b disheartening to see a large change but it is probably water weight.
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    Jun 23, 2011 7:35 PM GMT
    6 pds of weight lost.. could be waterweight and some fat . What you need to look at is if your body composition is changing.. Thats where the true definition of hard work pays .. pays off.. the scale will disappoint you. I only weigh myself after a program.. like I weigh from beginnning then at 6 weeks end of program.. Thats when to me it matters.