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do you weigh yourself before or after a shower?

leamj87leamj87 Member Posts: 20 Member Member Posts: 20 Member
Hey MFP! I normally weigh myself on Thursday mornings after I pee but before I shower. I weighed myself today and sighed because it was the same as last week and the week before. So I hopped in the shower, did my business, and then got out and dried off. I don't know why I did it, but I weighed myself again, with my hair actually still damp and I was a pound lighter!

I cannot think of any explanation and wanted to see when YOU guys weigh yourself, or whether you've seen it go down like this!
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  • JenAiMarresJenAiMarres Member Posts: 781 Member Posts: 781
    Nice!! Weigh before I shower b/c I think my body retains some of the water!! Lol!! We all have our rituals!
  • migoi357migoi357 Member Posts: 173 Member Member Posts: 173 Member
    I've done the same thing by accident in the past, now I just do it for fun. I consistently lose about point four pounds when I take a shower. Since our scale is one of the electronic ones with metal pads to stand on, my current theory is that it has to do with the dampness of my feet/skin and electrical conductance.

    Folks at work have suggested my shower is too hot and that I'm shrinking a bit.
  • runnercherylrunnercheryl Member Posts: 1,323 Member Member Posts: 1,323 Member
    Before here, too. I KNOW my hair doesn't weigh that much when wet, but try actually getting that through to me...
  • katysmellykatysmelly Member Posts: 391 Member Member Posts: 391 Member
    I've noticed that weighing myself five minutes apart will give different results. I think my scale just isn't htat accurate.
  • NoMoreJellyRollsNoMoreJellyRolls Member Posts: 142 Member Posts: 142
    When I weigh myself I usually do it 3x in a roll to see which # I get the most or about the same. EXAMPLE If the 1st weight is 200, 2nd 205, 3rd 202, the i either do a 4th weigh-in to double check or even it out at 201, final weight. My R.D. said digital scales can be 5 pounds off from each other. NEVER WEIGH ON CARPET!!
  • JasonKnight85JasonKnight85 Member Posts: 68 Member Posts: 68
    I've noticed I weigh between .5lb - 1lb less after a long hot shower/bath. I got a small bathroom so I can get it pretty close in feeling to the sauna at the gym just letting the shower run on hot for a few minutes.

    The obvious answer is sweat, at the gym I fell asleep in the sauna once for 3 hours and came out like 2.5lbs lighter.
  • raindawgraindawg Member Posts: 348 Member Member Posts: 348 Member
    I usually weigh right before stepping into the shower. Sometimes if I want to check it again I'll weigh after too. It rarely changes.
  • Alatariel75Alatariel75 Member Posts: 17,638 Member Member Posts: 17,638 Member
    Maybe your shower is super hot and you sweat it out? I've noticed I can wake up retaining heaps of fluid, then will lose a lot of my puffiness in the shower...
  • YagisamaYagisama Member Posts: 604 Member Member Posts: 604 Member
    I usually shower with very warm water so I get the sauna effect all the time and sweat a bit. I usually weigh 0.1 kg less after the shower. :)
  • salvationsdyingsalvationsdying Member Posts: 205 Member Member Posts: 205 Member
    I do it before, simply because I have hair down to my knees and it retains tons of water no matter how well I towel dry and I almost never blow dry so I will get a real result before. I also use the toilet first lol
  • SnuggleSmacksSnuggleSmacks Member, Premium Posts: 3,796 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3,796 Member
    I've never thought about before/after a shower. I try to do it in the morning, preferable after a good poop, before any food. That may or may not be before a shower, depending on my schedule for the day.
  • arainiday1arainiday1 Member Posts: 1,763 Member Member Posts: 1,763 Member
    yeah i also weigh before, but after i pee.... cause, well you know lol
  • slipped_her_hobblesslipped_her_hobbles Member, Premium Posts: 454 Member Member, Premium Posts: 454 Member
    I've never thought about before/after a shower. I try to do it in the morning, preferable after a good poop, before any food. That may or may not be before a shower, depending on my schedule for the day.

    Yep. this.
  • jeremywm1977jeremywm1977 Member Posts: 657 Member Member Posts: 657 Member
    I take a really warm shower and hope that I shrink in the wash.
  • jeremywm1977jeremywm1977 Member Posts: 657 Member Member Posts: 657 Member
    I take a really warm shower and hope that I shrink in the wash.

    .......and not that kind of "shrink". (I actually read that sentence in my head after posting..........facepalm)
  • tycho_mxtycho_mx Member Posts: 426 Member Member Posts: 426 Member
    Both. Scale (Tanita) has a body fat reading and it sometimes is very sensitive to low conductivity. The protocol I follow calls for wetting the plants of the feet. It's a bit of a pain because of the large fluctuations, and the "athlete" setting reads too low body fat but the "normal" setting reads a bit high (as compared to a DEXA a couple of years ago).

    The scale is not that sensitive to weight fluctuations, maybe helped by a hard, level surface. Maybe that's what is equivocating the readings?
  • kaaaayleekaaaaylee Member Posts: 398 Member Posts: 398
    I always figured the hair holding water thing, but this saturday I'll be weighing in before and after shower for sure. Cool stuff.
  • sarahcav123sarahcav123 Member Posts: 132 Member Member Posts: 132 Member
    I take a really warm shower and hope that I shrink in the wash.

    Hahaha! We can all dream...
  • contingencyplancontingencyplan Member Posts: 3,654 Member Member Posts: 3,654 Member
    I think taking it to such an obsessive level where this becomes a consideration is a bad thing psychologically, personally.
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