Scale Stress Syndrome

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  • YaGirlMaddi
    YaGirlMaddi Posts: 88 Member
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    I hate the scale. That's why I focus on body fat measurements and the size of my clothes
  • RoxieDawn
    RoxieDawn Posts: 15,488 Member
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    Lets keep this bumped..

    This to me is the single number 1 subject that gets discussed in the forums every single day. Such as "Why did I gain 3 pounds from yesterday or the weekend", or "Why am I exercising more, eating at a deficit and now gaining weight"?

    I still hate seeing the daily fluctuations, I no longer freak out, but nonetheless, it is a real part of your weight, it not just fat and muscle, organs and other tissue that make up your body!!

  • diannethegeek
    diannethegeek Posts: 14,776 Member
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    Just a little bump.
  • Shadowmf023
    Shadowmf023 Posts: 812 Member
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    I can't take my scale seriously. I have to get on it 4-5 times just to make sure I get an "accurate" number. It will literally sometimes give me 3 different numbers everytime I get on. And I never even change it's position.

    It's a conspiracy!!!!
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 48,737 Member
    edited August 2016
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    I can't take my scale seriously. I have to get on it 4-5 times just to make sure I get an "accurate" number. It will literally sometimes give me 3 different numbers everytime I get on. And I never even change it's position.

    It's a conspiracy!!!!
    I do it twice and take the bigger number. If there's a big gap between numbers, I weigh a 3rd and then just average it out.

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  • sgt1372
    sgt1372 Posts: 3,992 Member
    edited August 2016
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    "ninerbuff wrote: »
    I do it twice and take the bigger number. If there's a big gap between numbers, I weigh a 3rd and then just average it out

    I do something similar.

    I know my weight doesn't vary THAT much from day to day and, if I get a reading 1# or more up or down from the previous day, it's probably due to retained water or bowel weight. So, I just log 50% of the difference.

    This doesn't affect the trendline and helps make the chart look much less erratic.



  • Bxqtie116
    Bxqtie116 Posts: 552 Member
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    Great advice. Bump.
  • queenliz99
    queenliz99 Posts: 15,317 Member
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    bump
  • skyhowl
    skyhowl Posts: 206 Member
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    this post speaks to me. just posted a discussion about that today.
    will read member's posts. hopefully it will keep me focused
  • mwopm3
    mwopm3 Posts: 21 Member
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    I just started MFP 3 weeks ago and was afraid to step on scale. Someone here sent me this thread and it helped so much! I did the dirty deed and discovered I was 5 pounds heavier than I hoped in my mind. But it has turned into a motivator. I love the emphasis on long term trends, and how your clothes feel and Heath overall. It's hard to keep it in perspective sometimes but right now I have more motivation than I've had in a couple of years so I'm enjoying this moment!
  • RoxieDawn
    RoxieDawn Posts: 15,488 Member
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    Should be bumped everyday. This topic comes up many times every day! :)
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 48,737 Member
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    bump
  • Tacklewasher
    Tacklewasher Posts: 7,122 Member
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    Seems a good place to ask a question. I weigh daily and it seems that it takes 2 days for a bad day to show up on the scale. So yesterday I was watching Hockey all day, eating pizza and drinking Crown. Still logged everything and didn't go over by much (~200 cals) but my weight is down today and I except it to be up tomorrow. Same happened last week after a Sushi night at the all you can eat place in town. Next morning weight was down a bit but up the following day.

    Is this my scale being a jerk or is it a result of too much sodium intake taking a day to gain water and then it gets flushed out?

    I like weighing daily, but I don't obsess over the number. It's been going down (~20lbs in 5 weeks but starting at ~325 so I know it will slow down) but it does bounce around a bit.
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 48,737 Member
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    grmckenzie wrote: »
    Seems a good place to ask a question. I weigh daily and it seems that it takes 2 days for a bad day to show up on the scale. So yesterday I was watching Hockey all day, eating pizza and drinking Crown. Still logged everything and didn't go over by much (~200 cals) but my weight is down today and I except it to be up tomorrow. Same happened last week after a Sushi night at the all you can eat place in town. Next morning weight was down a bit but up the following day.

    Is this my scale being a jerk or is it a result of too much sodium intake taking a day to gain water and then it gets flushed out?

    I like weighing daily, but I don't obsess over the number. It's been going down (~20lbs in 5 weeks but starting at ~325 so I know it will slow down) but it does bounce around a bit.
    Normal fluctuations. People think it takes food only a couple of hours to digest, but after a meal it takes about 6 to 8 hours to digest through the intenstinal tract. Nothing to worry about if your weight is consistently going down.

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  • diannethegeek
    diannethegeek Posts: 14,776 Member
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    Just bumping useful old threads. Nothing to see here.

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  • bscmcse
    bscmcse Posts: 55 Member
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    I'm working really hard and am up 2 straight weeks in a row for a total of 3.8lbs. I was distraught this morning after my 2lb gain this week. I have so much more to loose. It's just so damned hard, I am sore all the time from cardio & lifting, go to bed and wake up hungry almost every day and that kind of feedback feels like a punch to the gut. I'm glad I saw this thread. I'll keep at it.
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 48,737 Member
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    bscmcse wrote: »
    I'm working really hard and am up 2 straight weeks in a row for a total of 3.8lbs. I was distraught this morning after my 2lb gain this week. I have so much more to loose. It's just so damned hard, I am sore all the time from cardio & lifting, go to bed and wake up hungry almost every day and that kind of feedback feels like a punch to the gut. I'm glad I saw this thread. I'll keep at it.
    Just remember that weight loss isn't linear. Exact execution in two consecutive weeks may not result the same.

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  • bbell1985
    bbell1985 Posts: 4,571 Member
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    I haven't been stepping on the scale. It crushes me every time I see that number. I can't look anymore. I'm just going to try to be kind to myself, stick to a moderate deficit, and hopefully look good by May or something.
  • jagodfrey08
    jagodfrey08 Posts: 425 Member
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    I weigh daily. It's so frustrating to see the number not budge when you are doing everything right. Thankfully, I have come to accept it in these past 6 months hs of losing weight. After beginning a lifting program this past week, I am swollen and sore...and 2 lbs heavier on the scales. I know when I go to my dietician for a weigh-in on Thursday, I will have more of an idea as to what is going on - how much fat mass I lost, how much water weight I am holding, how much I actually lost or gained. So, I am trying not to let it get to me.
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 48,737 Member
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    bbell1985 wrote: »
    I haven't been stepping on the scale. It crushes me every time I see that number. I can't look anymore. I'm just going to try to be kind to myself, stick to a moderate deficit, and hopefully look good by May or something.
    The best result is how you look and how your clothes fit. The scale is just a measurable tool of weight and doesn't designate what that weight actually is (fat, muscle, water).

    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
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