I weighed myself on my scale yesterday and it said i was 97 pounds (before I had eaten anything in the morning)
Today I weighed myself after school (after eating lunch and breakfast). I had gained one pound.
Which one can I trust to be my real weight? Did I really gain one pound in one day?!
I'm scared of these fluctuations. I don't know how it is possible for weight to vary so much!
P.S. PLEASE HELP!
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You might also want to just weigh yourself once a week instead of getting hung up on the numbers. :)
Food has weight too, you know.....my lunch and breakfast prolly weighs about 2-3 pounds, even though it's only fruits and veggies
Not all scales are on synch with each other. If you'r one of the types who weighs themselve everyday, then wait till the next morning, after your body has broken the food down to weigh yourself. However, it sounds to me your a bit obsessive, which is ok...a lot of us are, but seriously, just breathe.
The key is to weight yourself the same time each day and under the same circumstances.
I recommend that you weigh yourself the first thing in the morning, preferably after using the toilet and before drinking or eating anything.
If you weight daily, still expect to see fluctuations. It's the trend over time that tells you if you are losing or gaining weight.
For example, these are my morning weights for the last 6 days:
192.2, 192.0, 188.8, 188.0, 190.4, 189.8
The more you weigh, the more your weight can fluctuate -- that's simply because of the sheer volume of water you have in your body. I have upwards of 76 lbs of water in my body -- so it doesn't take much fluctuation in my hydration to affect my weight.
As said before, it's the trend, not the daily numbers, that tells the story . . .
And remember that 1 pint of water (16 oz) weights approximately 1 lb.
Also, as other people have stated, weight fluctuates. I sometimes weigh myself three times a day and use the middle of the three. Yeah, I take it seriously -- I put the numbers into Microsoft Excel and make graphs, then fit 'trendlines' to the graph, so I can see how well I'm doing. I do the same with body fat, which I consider to be more important since I do weightlifting, and gross body weight alone can be deceiving.
I often calbrate my scale by weighing my 10lb weights and ensuring that the shown weight is exactly 10lb's.
It's just right now, none of my data makes sense. I have a fast metabolism and thought I would gain on what I ate last week. I am in recovery from an eating disorder, so it is often necessary to put on excess "bloat weight" (water, weight of food, etc and real weight) before appt's. But two days after, I was right back where I was before I tried to intentionally make myself heavier.
I thought I would gain. CC suggests a caloric intake of 1700 -- I lose badly on this -- I lose on 2000 calories. I'm so afraid to eat, because I never know what the outcome will be.
Is it better to weight weekly? How do I accurately determine how many calories I need (some internet estimates are too low -- but they seem to work for all of you!)
And most experts I've read say to weigh 3-5 times per week. Take that for what you will. The problem with weighing in weekly is that it will be deceiving if your weigh in is on one of the days where you have a big fluctuation because of any of the reasons listed by other people. You may think you've gained weight for the week when instead you just have wet hair or you ate a lot of salt last night.
There's not much I can say to you. I'm opposed to promoting unhealthy and dangerous habits.
Today I was 98lbs. I wish I had a more accurate scale.
I can really hear your cry for help here, I hope that you can use this site to support a healthier life, there are people here who will support you in recovery but they will not support you to lose weight, that will kill you, nobody will support that.
You are seeing a doctor who is monitoring your weight, are you having any other help for your ED?
Take care x
I used to be 110 -- I felt awful. Then I went down to 80 and felt good. Now my doctors are forcing me back up to 108 - 110. I am seeing a team of specialists -- I am terrifed to gain weight and terrified when the number goes up.
I'm actually ashamed that my weight is so "high" -- I could be so much lower if my doctors would only let me -- but they will admit me to the hospital at 87% of my body weight.
I've been struggling for two years and I'm still so scared.
Please get some help!
UNLESS you're holding water, which can happen if you eat alot of sodium. That is also "fake" weight.
I wish you luck in your ED recovery, eat a sandwich ;-)
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