Is it typical to have weight fluctuations up/down daily?
I'm working this really hard, eating healthier, drinking lots of water and doing interim "small" exercises, but I gain every other day and lose the days in between. I'm only on the sixth (6th) day, but the "gain" days are kind of depressing. Thanks for any help, suggestions or advice.by: Pehrson
I like the "rubber bag" explanation in The Hacker's Diet. There is an online version:
The punchline about water:
The bottom line is that a lot of water as well as bulk indigestible material passes into and out of your system. This amount varies every day and tends to be larger than the amount of daily fat weight change.
Hi! I am not an expert, but have been working out on and off for 18 years now, and had to lose 45 lbs of baby weight about three years ago. My weight seems to fluctuate often. For example, four days ago I weighed four pounds heavier than today. Did I lose four pounds? Absolutely not. I'm eating as I normally do. And I weigh myself at the same time everyday. Sometimes it just happens. Maybe water weight, maybe something else. Don't get discouraged! Look at the week as a whole versus what it fluctuates daily. Best of luck!
GalacticHero gave you some good tools and reads for understanding this, but I'll also just put my 2 cents in. I changed my diet and exercise habits 13 months ago and have noticed over that time definite patterns in my weigh-ins since I record them (along with food and exercise). I have consistently weighed myself twice a week - Wednesdays and Saturdays - at the same time with the same conditions and can tell when my weight is affected by water retention. If I have a meal with more sodium, I will weigh up to 2 lbs more than if I avoid it. My "trick" is to eat a low-sodium diet the day before I weigh myself and if possible, also avoid meals with a lot of hard-to-digest foods. Then I'm retaining less for my weigh-in. I can immediately tell when I wake up how my weigh-in will go, though, by whether my stomach is bloated, and I prepare myself for it.
I'm sure as you continue losing weight, you'll start to see your own patterns with food choices and even monthly weight fluctuations. It will even out over time and like GalacticHero said, it's better to pay attention to the long-term and the trend and not let the intermediate "gains" get you down (even though I struggle with that, too)!
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