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The Daily Movement of the Scale Doesn't Equal Weight Lost/Gained



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Ok this is a bit of a pet peeve of mine, but people here sometimes get frustrated and/or elated based on fictional movements of the scale (which is why you shouldn't weigh yourself daily). As a general rule a pound is going to equal about 3500 calories burned (give or take depending on a number of factors). So when you are operating at a caloric deficit you are going to be losing pounds, even if the scale says you aren't losing weight (I know that this sentence doesn't make sense).

There are a number of reasons for this including (but not limited to);

* "Water Weight" - and I don't mean just retaining Water, but more specifically depending on the time of day your weight may fluctuate more than 4 pounds based on what you've had to drink and when you have urinated (64oz of water has no calories, but still weighs 4 pounds)

* food in the digestive system - This is why everybody complains that when they go from liquid diet to puree/solid they seem to hit a "stall." That stall in many cases is complete B.S., you are just building back up the 4 pounds of food that is normally in the digestive pipeline (on that same note unfortunately it also means that most likely 4 of the pounds you lost on the pre-op liquid diet weren't real losses).

I guess what I'm trying to say is that we all get frustrated at times with our weight loss, but that when we are doing the right things there is absolutely no need to get ourselves down because the scale doesn't show us losing every single day.

Rant over.

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Dude. Do. Not. Move. My. cheese.

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Thus rant has made my day and made me feel better. Thank you.

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2 hours ago, VanessaKaye said:

Thus rant has made my day and made me feel better. Thank you.

My pleasure.

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