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How do you know what is water weight?


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How do you know what is water weight and what is your actual weight. also eating 1600 calories shouldn't make me lose or gain weight right? this past 2  days I've been eating about 1500 and the scale has gone up 2 pounds! even though I'm a teen if I eat too much its always going up. Is all that water weight?  or am I just gaining weight!

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Good question, i never know the difference either.

Being a teen and eating 1,500-1,600 a day definitely won't cause you to gain. But I know what you mean about the confusion of telling what is water weight. There's really no way to tell. You just kinda have to follow the patterns your body makes and recognizes when these changes happen after what circumstances. I'll usually weigh more the day after lifting weights. I also usually weigh more the day after a splurge day, eating 2,000+ calories when my norm. is around 1,500. (although on occasion for reasons not understood I can weigh less) But no, you aren't gaining weight unless you're severely undereating and slowing down your metabolism.

A human body is about 60-70% water.....  This changes day to day depending on a lot of different factors.  So to judge whether your weight is increasing or decreasing you can only go with a long-term trend.   Ideally, only weigh once a week to get this trend.  If you're happier getting on the scales every day, just remember that it's telling you nothing useful.

Would eating 1300 calories a day cause my metabolism to slow?  I'm 5-3 and 15, very sedentary though.

I have easily gained 4-6 pounds in one day, and obviously I didn't consume 21,000 calories (3500 X 6) in one day.  If I drink, say, two pots of coffee (I know--not healthy), eat a bunch of celery, melon, carrots, and drink water, I have taken in a lot of water weight. I weigh several times a day, and it works for me--but I know that sudden weight gains in one or two days is going to be either water weight or my needing some quality time in the reading room.  So don't be concerned about gaining a pound or two, but you might want to weigh in a couple of times a week to see if a trend is developing that you are gaining weight.  If you are, make slight, intelligent, healthy adjustments to get back to your realistic goals.

Yes, 1300 calories a day is pretty darn low.  I recommend that you are getting a good protein breakfast in and, as far as I know, the typical teen should be getting a lot more than 1300 calories a day. Maybe you could get a bit of extra walking in, but the main thing is to confer with someone who knows about eating healthy and find out how many calories you should be getting.  You absolutely DO NOT want to slow your metabolism down.

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I weigh myself daily for this reason.  Water gain can be a couple pounds at a time as the reverse can also be true.  If you suddenly gain a couple or lose a couple over a day you can bet it isn't true loss or gain.  If you wait to weigh weekly and you happen to catch yourself at a high or low it can be very deceptive.  If you weigh daily you see the trend and a blip up or down has to be discounted.  Stay at your calorie limit and you will be fine.  If I stick to my calorie limit I lose about 7 lbs per month over several months averaged.  So, don't let the blips bother you or make you overconfident.

jbeuoy:  Excellent point.  "If you wait to weigh weekly and you happen to catch yourself at a high or low it can be very deceptive."  A person might be at the high end of a momentary water-weight gain and think he/she had actually gained 3 pounds or so and get depressed or overreact.  However, I do agree that if a person is too obsessive and lets the weighing-in daily consume his/her attitude, that can be negative, too.  But your point is very well made.  Weighing-in daily is beneficial as long as it is not counter-productive. 

Don't weigh daily... it'll drive you batsheitcrazah. For real, like so many things can make you go up like 2 lbs every other day and drop like 6 the next... it's retarded.

In general, as a rule, I consider any sudden, dramatic weight gain to be water weight, though. Realistically I know what I ate... I know if I went over my calories, if I had something particularly sodium filled, etc. Lots of sodium causes water weight (and my affinity for jerky makes that apparent). Going over my calories can cause fat gain.

If you're sticking to the plan, chances are it's water weight. Just forget about it...

But seriously, don't weigh daily. It'll freak you out.

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Would eating 1300 calories a day cause my metabolism to slow?  I'm 5-3 and 15, very sedentary though.

 That is not enough, so yes. And it can cause many other negative things. You shouldn't be so worried about restricting. Eat healthy, be young and enjoy life.Smile Starting to move more might help you to feel more fit and look more toned.

I am older (23) bigger (I'm pretty sure) and loose weight on more than that.

"But seriously, don't weigh daily. It'll freak you out."

OR

"If you weigh daily you see the trend and a blip up or down has to be discounted."

Folks, there is no one right answer about this.  For some people who are on a weight-loss regimen, weighing daily can be very counter-productive.  However, for others, weighing daily is a very beneficial thing.

The key is for a person to recognize his/her personality quirks and make the decision on how often to weigh based on that personality.

another question before this thread dies along with my other threads, they never last very long @__@

 

So at 5'3, 15 years, weighting 136ish pounds with a sedentary-ish activity level how many calories should I get. I have PE 3 days a week and I like to run/jog a mile at least 4 days a week to compensate for the off days (8.5 minute mile)to lose weight but not slow down my metabolism, if possible pump it up a bit since it seems very slow for me.

You need to eat at the very very least, 1500 calories as a teen. This is only suitable really if you are trying to lose and are sedentary (as in bed bound).

A normal healthy amount is 2200, so to lose sensibly you would want to create a maximum deficit of 500 and eat 1700 under this will slow your metabolism.

Height is not as big a factor in deciding on calories at 15, even after you 'stop growing' your body is still making more bone and changing. The skeletons of a 15 year old and a 21 year old are quite different. That is one of the reasons why under eating in your teens leads to such damage later on.

I personaly weigh everyday and don't take it to heart if I gain a bit, after a while you know that the day before your period you are 5lbs heavier and the day after pizza 2lbs heavier etc so you learn roughly what is due to water retention. Since I started drinking 2liters (5 pints) of water a day (not all at once!) I haven't really had water retention though.

Pilgrimdude wrote:

"But seriously, don't weigh daily. It'll freak you out."

OR

"If you weigh daily you see the trend and a blip up or down has to be discounted."


I weigh daily but then average it out at the end of the week, means I can shrug my shoulders if I'm up 4lbs the morning after a big meal, but likewise not miss it if I slide on 4lbs over a whole week.

I also tracked my menstrual cycle & cravings for a couple of months, so now I know that I tend to drop 3 - 4 lbs right after my period starts. Self-knowledge and doing what works for you is more important imo than following anyone else's rules.

Original Post by fantasy93:

How do you know what is water weight and what is your actual weight. also eating 1600 calories shouldn't make me lose or gain weight right? this past 2  days I've been eating about 1500 and the scale has gone up 2 pounds! even though I'm a teen if I eat too much its always going up. Is all that water weight?  or am I just gaining weight!

 

 Frankly it doesn't matter.  If you ate a lot of salty foods the evening before, you will certainly have some water rentention the next day.  But you are a teen- your body will naturally gain weight with body growth.

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