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Hi-Starting week 8. For the most part, very happy. Down about 30 pounds, hoping for 50 by 3 month check in. I keep having little gains and then loses. Is this normal? I am also notice if I indulge in even a few nuts, the scale goes up. Not fun and something I need to cut out. Any thoughts?

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Ups and downs are totally normal.

30 lbs in 2 moths is fantastic. Please don't hold yourself up to unrealistic expectations about weight loss.

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Oh no .... just realized this is the guys room ... apologies!

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Thanks. It is just frustrating, but I would not have been able to lose this weight without it.

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On 9/4/2018 at 10:58 AM, TomC said:

Hi-Starting week 8. For the most part, very happy. Down about 30 pounds, hoping for 50 by 3 month check in. I keep having little gains and then loses. Is this normal? I am also notice if I indulge in even a few nuts, the scale goes up. Not fun and something I need to cut out. Any thoughts?

Fluctuations are going to happen. Are you tracking fat % as well?

A good way to minimize fluctuations is to weigh yourself at the same time, after doing the same things every time, you are looking for a level of consistency to reduce potential environmental causes for the weight variations.

For me, I wake up, get my coffee, hit the rest room, then weigh in after doing my morning stretches. I measure daily, so M-F is pretty consistent overall. The weekends have some swing to them typically, but the M-F numbers are pretty consistent.

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Thanks. I have a scale that has fat % and it is going down a little, but to be honest, I have not been so focused on that. I will pay more attention to this. I do notice that I can run more and my strength is coming back in the gym, so that is encouraging. I will try to get into the m-Fri weigh in. You are probably right that better monitoring can help figure out what differences may have caused the increase in weight.

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I'm a few days behind you and have started noticing the fluctuations as well. I am also getting in more calories as of late so I know that has a lot to do with it. I am still losing but it had slowed down quite a bit for a few weeks. I just got one of those fancy measure everything scales so just started paying attention to fat% but it's nice to have it and be able to compare it to past days. I way myself every morning and track everything I consume.

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3 hours ago, TomC said:

Thanks. I have a scale that has fat % and it is going down a little, but to be honest, I have not been so focused on that. I will pay more attention to this. I do notice that I can run more and my strength is coming back in the gym, so that is encouraging. I will try to get into the m-Fri weigh in. You are probably right that better monitoring can help figure out what differences may have caused the increase in weight.

I ask and always point to the fat % because, in the long run, that's really what the surgery is about, it's not really "weight loss", cutting a leg off drops weight... but not what we are trying to do, we are looking to rid ourselves of fat, yet, so few people track their fat %.

You don't need to weigh in daily, in fact there are a lot of reasons *NOT* to do so. I do it simply for trend tracking. The biggest take away I was going for was consistency to reduce variables.

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Yes, it’s normal. What I’ve found happens is that I’ll hover around a particular number, and then one day I’ll start hovering around a number 5 pounds below that.

If my Fitbit Aria is to be believed, my body fat percentage is down about 15 percentage points since the surgery.

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