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July 25, 2012 5:41 AM
Hi, I keep weighing myself every day, and sometimes I will lose a pound a day, (I'm on Atkins), and sometimes I will weigh 3 pounds heavier than the day before. This is very irritating. I don't know if it's water weight- because I drink well above the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, or if I just ate too many calories the day before. Will someone explain this to me? I am supposed to lose a pound a day.
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July 25, 2012 5:44 AM
STOP weighing yourself every day!! Body weight naturally fluctuates. Yes, it probably is water weight. Focus on eating healthier and exercising and drink water!
  6516604
July 25, 2012 5:45 AM
Your ticker says you have like one or two pounds left to lose. ???? I am confused by your post.
Also, losing 7lbs/week is not healthy. Why is that your goal?
You also say you might have eaten too many calories the day before. Are you logging your food? You should know whether or not you ate too much.
Lots of questions....
July 25, 2012 5:47 AM
Why would you weigh yourself every day?
  23889698
July 25, 2012 5:47 AM
it's just water weight. if you ate too much sodium you will still gain...
July 25, 2012 5:47 AM
Someone on here once said if you can't handle your weight fluctuations then don't weigh yourself everyday. I personally cannot handle them so I only weigh myself every other week, first thing in the morning. You'll have to figure out what works best for you. Good luck! smile
July 25, 2012 5:47 AM
Should only weigh at most once a week, better still once every two weeks.

Weight comes off/on differently for everyone.
July 25, 2012 5:48 AM
If your body weight goes up or down by 1 pound or more, it's water weight. There's nothing else your body could have done to gain or lose that much weight. There's 3500 calories in 1 lb of fat, so to go up 3 lbs, you would've had to eat 10500 EXTRA calories on top of your TDEE...

Also, the Atkins diet doesn't work. Eat a damn apple if you want to be healthy.

Another note: What time of day do you measure yourself? If it's in the afternoon/evening, or any time of day after you've eaten something (ie, any time other than first thing in the morning) your weight WILL fluctuate more than if you weighed yourself first thing in the morning.
  11648999
July 25, 2012 5:56 AM
You do not understand how the body functions well enough to weigh yourself daily at this point.

If you are going to do it every day, you need to understand how and how much water, sodium, carbs (glycogen), protein/lifting (creatine), and intestine contents affect how much you weigh, and the fact that comparatively changes in fat and/or muscle mass are a barely perceptable drop in the bucket.

Even losing at the maximum suggested rate of 2 lb/wk, you are only going to see a change of 0.3 lb/day, well under the margin of error for most scales. The other systems above can cause variances of 2-6 lbs/day.
Edited by waldo56 On July 25, 2012 5:57 AM
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July 25, 2012 5:59 AM
I have the same thing happen to me. I believe it is water weight. And why are you on the Adkins diet? Losing weight isn't about being on a diet. It is about making a lifestyle change. Eat the proper foods your body needs within the dietary guidelines (moderation) and include cardio exercises and strength training into your daily routine. Cardio a minimum of 30 minutes a day. If you are tight on time break the cardio into 10 minute increments. My nutritionist at the VA medical center says a weight loss of 1 1/2-2 pounds a week is good. Everyone I know on the Atkins has gained the weight back plus more. Proper food in moderation and exercise. Also, the more muscle you have the more calories you burn.
July 25, 2012 6:01 AM
what was already said... only weigh weekly or bi weekly because your weight will fluctuate depending on a ton of different factors. for example, when it's extremely humid out, i swell. my rings are 3 sizes too big for me and i wear a plastic guard on them to keep them from falling off. i know when i need to drink more water and cool off because my rings are tighter and it's not comfortable. i weigh weekly unless i have a doctor's appointment... i weigh myself at home on my own scale in the morning so i don't get discouraged by the instant "gain" on theirs (because of my clothing or having eaten immediately before my appointment). :) just something i do to keep myself sane. :)
July 25, 2012 7:37 AM
QUOTE:

I am supposed to lose a pound a day.


You need to have more realistic expectations. You are NOT supposed to lose a pound a day.

I can "lose" 5 lbs in 2 hours on the tennis court even while drinking 3 liters of water. I'll gain it back in a few more hours too. Should I be discouraged by that? We are sponges, 85% water. Don't obsess about a 1% change in the amount of water stored in your body. We are dynamic, we respond to the environment and it is always changing, so we do also.
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July 25, 2012 7:42 AM
Theres lots of great advice there, your in good hands with us happy
  10619452
July 25, 2012 7:42 AM
Don't we all wish we could lose a pound a day! Sign me up!

Water weight, time of month for women, or your body holding on to extra water weight when you workout or increase your workout intensity, and heavy salt consumption can increase the number on the scale. It's frustrating, but it means nothing.

However, I suppose you could be one of those rare people capable of eating meat at a huge calorie surplus every day. I guess those people exist. I'm not one of them, it's all I can do to choke down 1200 calories worth of ground beef or steak, but if you aren't tracking calories, maybe you're going over. Not pounds a day over, but over enough to not lose.

So maybe reset your goal to something realistic (one or two pounds a week) then track everything you eat to see how many calories a day you're getting. I know a lot of people on Atkins don't bother tracking calories, at least not at first, but I was already in the habit of using MFP's calorie counter when I started.
July 25, 2012 9:21 AM
weighing yourself everyday- worst idea EVER. I weigh myself once a week, usually on the same day (Thursday for me). It allows for fluctuations while still maintaining a picture of my overall progress. If I weigh myself everday, and oops, yesterday was my kid's birthday, and I overate, of course the scale is going to know, tell me, and let me be discouraged. I'm not saying don't be honest and tough with yourself, but be realistic or you're setting yourself up for failure. A pound a day is NOT realistic. You're not on Biggest Loser, and be glad of that, because every single contestant gains their weight back plus some.
  20888806
July 25, 2012 9:26 AM
I forgot to mention: you need carbs. everyone needs carbs. it is one of our body's most fundamental building blocks. yes, you will lose weight rapidly be avoiding carbs entirely, however you'll be "skinny fat". That means you used your muscle to feed your body what it was lacking and now you can't open the pickle jar to save your life. Also, the Atkins diet doesn't teach you how to eat proportionately and in such a way to get all the necessary nutrients from your food, so once the diet's "over", the weight creeps back.
  20888806
July 25, 2012 9:29 AM
Unless you plan to live on Atkins diet the rest of your life, get ready for weight gain when you reintroduce higher carbs to your diet. You're experiencing daily weight fluctuation which is normal, but if you can't handle it, then DON'T weigh daily.

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July 25, 2012 9:33 AM
Hell I gained 10 pounds in a week and half while eating at a deficit some kinda way.
July 25, 2012 9:34 AM
A pound a day?! Holy hell no wonder you're discouraged.
  5637461
July 25, 2012 9:34 AM
If it makes you feel better I weight 2lbs more than I did two hours ago ..... because of all the water I drank working out :)

During my TOM, I am always 2-3lbs heavier than at the start

In the morning (post ablutions) I am always 1-2lbs lighter than I am at the end of the evening

Stop weighing yourself every day unless you can accept fluctuations (I find them funny) and go for a once a week / month weighing

Good luck!
July 25, 2012 9:36 AM
QUOTE:

If your body weight goes up or down by 1 pound or more, it's water weight. There's nothing else your body could have done to gain or lose that much weight. There's 3500 calories in 1 lb of fat, so to go up 3 lbs, you would've had to eat 10500 EXTRA calories on top of your TDEE...

Also, the Atkins diet doesn't work. Eat a damn apple if you want to be healthy.

Another note: What time of day do you measure yourself? If it's in the afternoon/evening, or any time of day after you've eaten something (ie, any time other than first thing in the morning) your weight WILL fluctuate more than if you weighed yourself first thing in the morning.


I really have to agree with this poster...I did Atkins after every baby (4 of them :)) and, yes, I lost the weight, however I fully believe it screwed up my metabolism/carb sensitivies to the MAX! Now, I know better than to cut out the healthy fiber and goodness of fruit! Dont' let yourself be sucked into the "false" weight loss...you can do it with all the food groups!!

And, like everyone said, just stay off that scale...there is no need to weigh yourself everyday, other than to torture your brain wink

Are your clothes feeling tighter? They are the true, tell tale sign of weight gain/loss IMO...a few pounds, up and down, day to day, is completely normal.

Add some fruit and more water to your diet, stay away from high sugar carbs and crazy prepackaged sodium foods and you'll get on the right track...OH! And, put away the scale!!! happy
July 25, 2012 9:39 AM
I find my weight goes up when I've had a really hard training session with my weights, too - do you lift?
July 25, 2012 9:40 AM
I agree with niner. Get off the Atkins. If you stay within the guidelines of MFP and mix in a few days of exercise, you will see significant progress. I am not saying that you can eat a bowl of pasta every day and a loaf a bread and still make it work. If you are eating regular bread, switch to deli flats or foldits. Gets the same satisifaction at a reduced calories. If you are drinking diet soda, STOP. Switch to Crystal Light. So many flavors of low, low calorie goodness. Eat smoked turkey, roasted chicken or some tavern ham for lunch....I could go on and on. So many good suggestions in this string. Especially adjusting your expectations. Why not aim for losing 1.5 or 2 pounds....see how that goes.....good luck.
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July 25, 2012 9:40 AM
I will be 4-6 lbs heavier at night than when I get up in the morning....... if you weigh every day, expect variation. I wish I could lose a pound a day....... that's the thing that frustrates me when I watch the Biggest Loser. How do they do that? Excersice for 8 hrs/day. Can't do that and have a real life.
  15248493
July 25, 2012 9:42 AM
QUOTE:

I forgot to mention: you need carbs. everyone needs carbs. it is one of our body's most fundamental building blocks. yes, you will lose weight rapidly be avoiding carbs entirely, however you'll be "skinny fat". That means you used your muscle to feed your body what it was lacking and now you can't open the pickle jar to save your life. Also, the Atkins diet doesn't teach you how to eat proportionately and in such a way to get all the necessary nutrients from your food, so once the diet's "over", the weight creeps back.


Source?

Research by Dr. Anssi H Manninen of the Advanced Research Institute has indicated that low and very-low carbohydrate diets may be slightly more muscle sparing than other types of diets, although more research needs to be done. So depending on your activity level, and your intake of protein, carbohydrates and fat, you may be able to burn ketones quite easily and with less muscle loss than other types of diets.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/340463-when-you-are-in-ketosis-are-you-burning-fat-rather-than-muscle/


Not entirely sure how reliable this study is, but I've heard nothing about losing more muscle on Atkins than any other diet. Quite the opposite.

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