5 Pounds On, 5 Pounds Off

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    Jul 20, 2007 5:52 PM GMT
    Ok, this may sound strange, but last week after weighing myself (naked and in the morning) I scored 200 pounds (my short-term goal)

    But the very next morning, I went up to 205.

    Where did those 5 pounds come from and why does it fluctuate so often? Over the next few days, I would go up and down from 202 - 209

    Is it possible that I'm perpetually gaining muscle and losing fat? If so, could that happen in 24 hours?

    Shes some light!
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    Jul 21, 2007 12:01 PM GMT
    If you must weight yourself everyday, at least do it at exactly the same time of day. Best is when you wake up, before you've eaten, after you've relieved yourself.

    Better yet, weigh yourself no more often than once a week.

    Your body fluctuates in weight throughout the day. The biggest cause is water.

    Make sure your scale is accurate too.
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    Jul 21, 2007 5:12 PM GMT
    I have literally no idea what scally's message even means, but at least it's good for comic effect. Gay cyber gym, indeed.

    I have that same experience all the time. From what I understand, it's mostly water and glycogen stores. If I've just finished a long bike ride, and weigh myself at night, and then eat some carbs and drink a bunch of water, the next day I could be 3-5lbs heavier, from my muscles replenishing their glycogen stores off the carbs and from my body soaking up the water. And yeah, if your bladder's empty or full or your digestive system has a bunch of matter moving through it, that could add another pound or two also.

    Like bgcat says, just pick a consistent time to weigh yourself, ideally in the morning, and stay well-hydrated basically all the time.
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    Jul 21, 2007 5:26 PM GMT
    It's almost certainly water weight. And I agree with atxclimber and bgcat...DON'T weigh yourself so frequently (otherwise you'll become obssessed with short term fluctuations unrelated to fat/muscle ratio) and DO weigh yourself at the same time. Say, once per week.

    Also, if you really want to give yourself a science fiction low weight and an illusion of weight LOSS, weigh yourself after an extremely hard workout during which you've sweated a lot, before you rehydrate and before you eat (for example, after a long hard run or bicycle ride).

    That's an illusion too, as much your weight would seem high after drinking a lot of water.

    As for Scally, all I can say is: where from gym? Days cyber, can do fine.

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    Jul 22, 2007 12:34 AM GMT
    I disagree about how often to weigh one's self. I weigh myself (naked) every morning as soon as I wake up and go to the bathroom using a beam balance scale with an accuracy of 1/4 lb. But I don't look at the day-to-day variations, but rather the trend over a week or two. Two lb variations (up or down) between successive measurements are relatively common at times. And in the latter case, if you only weigh yourself once a week, while not common, it would also not be unusual to "discover/infer" a 4 lb/week trend, while the set of day to day measurements could show that statistically the most probable trend was no change at all.
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    Jul 23, 2007 11:31 PM GMT
    These are all great points, (except I don't know what Cyber gay gym means...) ???


    I actually started out "once a week", but I recently became a 'scale whore'.

    I just don't know what amount to include in my profile... It's confusing, but perhaps also unimportant. LOL

    Thanks guys!