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April 12, 2012 5:05 AM
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!
April 12, 2012 5:07 AM
Nice!! Weigh before I shower b/c I think my body retains some of the water!! Lol!! We all have our rituals!
April 12, 2012 5:08 AM
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.
April 12, 2012 5:08 AM
Before here, too. I KNOW my hair doesn't weigh that much when wet, but try actually getting that through to me...
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April 12, 2012 5:09 AM
I've noticed that weighing myself five minutes apart will give different results. I think my scale just isn't htat accurate.
April 12, 2012 5:58 AM
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!!
May 21, 2014 9:31 PM
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.
Edited by JasonKnight85 On May 21, 2014 9:32 PM
May 21, 2014 9:35 PM
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.
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May 21, 2014 9:36 PM
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...
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May 21, 2014 9:43 PM
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. :)
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May 21, 2014 9:59 PM
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
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May 21, 2014 10:14 PM
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.
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May 21, 2014 10:14 PM
Before, mostly cuz I don't want to get my scale all wet. And I have waist length hair that holds on to water like crazy.
Edited by emily_stew On May 21, 2014 10:16 PM
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May 21, 2014 10:17 PM
yeah i also weigh before, but after i pee.... cause, well you know lol
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May 21, 2014 10:32 PM
QUOTE:

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.
May 21, 2014 10:38 PM
I take a really warm shower and hope that I shrink in the wash.
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May 21, 2014 10:39 PM
QUOTE:

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)
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May 22, 2014 12:13 AM
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?
May 22, 2014 5:15 AM
I always figured the hair holding water thing, but this saturday I'll be weighing in before and after shower for sure. Cool stuff.
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May 22, 2014 5:25 AM
QUOTE:

I take a really warm shower and hope that I shrink in the wash.


Hahaha! We can all dream...
May 22, 2014 5:30 AM
I think taking it to such an obsessive level where this becomes a consideration is a bad thing psychologically, personally.
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May 22, 2014 5:33 AM
I'm not too worried about weighing before or after a morning shower. There is another morning ritual, however, where I sit & think about life for a few minutes, that has a much more dramatic impact on what the scale says before & after.
May 22, 2014 5:34 AM
I've never weighed after a shower but I'm going to now! Haha.
May 22, 2014 5:35 AM
I weigh before the shower because I have a ton of hair so I figure I'd be carrying that extra water weight lol. And I actually think my skin may have absorbed some water. Not sure if that even makes sense though, but anyhow thats what I do.
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May 22, 2014 5:37 AM
I weight before. One thing I have noticed is when I weight right after getting out of bed I weight more. I have to get up and walk around and allow my body to settle before I weight.
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