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January 25, 2012 4:42 AM
I was wondering how much fluctuation is normal and when is it weight gain and weight loss?
  6149205
January 25, 2012 4:46 AM
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I was wondering how much fluctuation is normal and when is it weight gain and weight loss?


I think I'm some sort of freak of nature... There are days that I fluctuate up to 5lbs DAILY. I usually weigh daily and usually shortly after I wake up (after hitting the bathroom, etc.). I wear the same clothes too.

I know people fluctuate, and everything I read said a couple pounds are normal.

It doesn't bother me at all though. I've weigh daily on the wii fit so I can get a line graph and see the "big picture" and it's a downward trend overall, with the fluctuations being a little wiggle up and down in the whole line/history of my weigh-ins.
  2636210
January 25, 2012 5:13 AM
I was also a daily weigh-in kind of person when I was losing. It allowed me to see what my normal fluctuations were and I could see the overall trend. I do not recommend weighing daily if you are the sort of person who will freak out seeing ups and downs every day. If I ate a meal out at a restaurant, the sodium levels generally spike my weight for a couple days. If I had an evening of drinking alcohol, dehydration would cause me to lose a pound the next day. This will all vary by person, as my fluctuations generally don't go above 2-3 pounds while other people have 5 or 6 pound swings. However, if you pick one time a week to weigh yourself, the fluctuations won't throw you off too much. Weigh first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything and keep it consistent (e.g. weigh-in every Friday morning when you wake up).
  4901482
January 25, 2012 5:17 AM
It really depends on my sodium intake. If I eat a lot of salty food the day before, I can be up 5-6 lbs the next day in water weight.
January 25, 2012 5:25 AM
I weigh myself every day just to get an idea of what my body is going through. I know when I've eaten too much my body will be a pound or 2 heavier because it has more to digest. If I drank a lot of water just before bed, I'll be up 1-2 pounds. If I'm on my time, I know I'll be up to 3 pounds heavier sometimes due to bloating.

You're body changes every day and so fluctuations are healthy. I know I'm losing weight because I'm lighter than when I started and, when I look back at the charts that show my weight records, I can see the gradual change.
  1586201
January 25, 2012 5:38 AM
well now I have high blood pressuer and take meds for it, if i eat someting with a lot of sodium, say chines, or chips ,then I know I will be up 2 or 3 pounds , I just try to drink a lot of water to flush it all out the next couple day and stay away from any high sodium foods. which I'm suppose to do any way, but I love that stuff!
January 25, 2012 6:38 AM
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I was also a daily weigh-in kind of person when I was losing. It allowed me to see what my normal fluctuations were and I could see the overall trend. I do not recommend weighing daily if you are the sort of person who will freak out seeing ups and downs every day. If I ate a meal out at a restaurant, the sodium levels generally spike my weight for a couple days. If I had an evening of drinking alcohol, dehydration would cause me to lose a pound the next day. This will all vary by person, as my fluctuations generally don't go above 2-3 pounds while other people have 5 or 6 pound swings. However, if you pick one time a week to weigh yourself, the fluctuations won't throw you off too much. Weigh first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything and keep it consistent (e.g. weigh-in every Friday morning when you wake up).


The daily weigh ins help me greatly. I love seeing the big picture that's created over time of the line graph going down regardless of the ups and downs that slowly create the whole line. It takes time, but it's that big picture view that keeps me sane about it. I know the same can be done with weekly weigh ins but to me the more data the better.

I also know that it's not all about weight. I measure regularly and compare measurements to weights. Sometimes I notice my weight is stalled, but measurements are still going down so I'm ok with that.

I try not to get hung up on one particular piece of data, but put it all together to see what I'm doing as a whole.
Edited by junyr On January 25, 2012 6:41 AM
  2636210
January 30, 2012 3:50 AM
Thanks everyone. I have noticed sodium intake, dehydration, alcohol use, etc. effect my daily fluctuations. Normally I fluctuate 4 lbs. a week. All of these posts were helpful to show this is normal and that diet also comes into play. I saw my long term weight loss charts. Even though I fluctuate within a week, my overall weight loss shows about 4 lbs. lost every few months and keeps going 4 lbs. lower every few months.
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