(Closed) Please tell me this is not possible…

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Do you have a dumbbell or plate you can put on your scale to make sure it’s calibrated correctly? 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Muscle weights more than fat, you should look more at the BMI than weight.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

A woman’s body can flucuate at least 10 to 15 pounds. Especially when we are on our rags. I don’t mean to get Too Much Information on you but I usually carry around 15 pounds of water weight while on my period. So I avoid measuring myself then. I also only step on the scale once a month, not around my period obviously to weigh myself. That way I am giving myself a fair chance the whole month to make changes to my diet and exercise routine. 

 

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think it is possible that you gained 5-10 pounds in a week.  Some of it could be water weight, and some of it could be the result of eating poorly and not exercising last week.  Please don’t give up!  I know it’s discouraging, but try to use this as your motivation to jump back in and work even harder.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@KatNYC2011: I go through the same thing constantly.  It’s why I hate my weekly weigh in for WW.  I pretty much don’t even look at the scale anymore because I always end up discouraged.  I don’t get it either.  I’m sorry to hear you’re going through the same.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I just bought a scale and every single time i stepped off and on in a 15 minute period of time, it was different every single time.  I even used a handweight and it was different.  I returned the scale.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@KatNYC2011:  you are right.  I know they like to pinch you when you do it.

Edit: asked and answered

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@KatNYC2011:

Yes, that would be a lot to blame on salt. Nobody carries around more than about 5 pounds of water weight at any time. Even PREGNANT women do not lose 15 pounds of water weight when they give birth. Your body can’t hold that much extra water! It’s probably a few pounds of water weight and a few pounds of weight you gained back. 

Try a non-digital scale. My digital scales were always so wonky and never gave me the same number. Like, they’d fluctuate by pounds within minutes. I bought a regular old scale, stuck a 20 lb. barbell on it to make sure it properly read 20 lbs., and then actually calibrated it a little higher to give myself some wiggle room. So really, mine is calibrated to read 3 pounds MORE than I am. Periodically I stick the barbell back on it to make sure it’s still reading properly and adjust if I need to. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

When I was seriously dieting, I used to have two 8 lb dumbells that I would put on my scale before weighing myself, or when I suspected it was giving a false read. Most of the time, after using the dumbbells my wieght would then go back to what I thought it should be.

It’s normal for your body to fluctuate up to 5 lbs during the day and personally I know if I consume a lot of sodium or carbs one day, I will weigh about 3 lbs heavier the next day. Also when I’m stressed out my body holds onto a lot more weight.

I would honestly recommend getting a good nights sleep, doing something to de-stress and drinking more water. Then weigh yourself the next day and you should see a difference. I don’t think it’s a ‘true’ 11 lb weight gain, even if you were REALLY bad. and maybe also when you were lighter it had something to do with water weight – so take some kind of average and that’s probably the most accurate figure. Also make sure to weigh yourself at the same time every day and wearing the same amount of clothing. I actually weigh the most in the morning because I drink a lot of water and coffee first thing. When I weigh myself after lunch I’m always the lightest.

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