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silversparkle
12-21-2005, 11:16 AM
This is just really bothering me! The other day I went to the gym and weighed myself. The scale said I had lost two pounds since the last time I weighed myself which had been nearly two weeks ago. I was really excited! So I went and did my workout and just for the heck of it I weighed myself again. This time the scale said I had not lost two pounds but was at the same weight I was nearly two weeks ago!?!?! What the heck is this about? It's driving me nuts!!! :eek:


LLV
12-21-2005, 11:27 AM
It's just normal weight fluctuation, hon. Water. Not fat.

Weigh yourself once and then walk away and don't look back.

silversparkle
12-21-2005, 11:29 AM
I know I should just walk away...but it is so hard!


LovesBassets
12-21-2005, 11:51 AM
You will always weigh more after you workout due to water retention in your muscles and other physiological factors caused by exercise. You should never weigh (or measure) yourself after working out -- especially cardio -- it's the absolute WORST time to step on the scale, and you'll never get an accurate reading.

I weigh about 3 lbs more after a workout (I've tried it because my trainer told me I'd "gain" after a workout and I wanted to see for myself).

silversparkle
12-21-2005, 11:55 AM
Interesting! I had no idea. Thanks for sharing that information! Makes me feel a little better.

RobertW
12-21-2005, 12:11 PM
You will always weigh more after you workout due to water retention in your muscles and other physiological factors caused by exercise. You should never weigh (or measure) yourself after working out -- especially cardio -- it's the absolute WORST time to step on the scale, and you'll never get an accurate reading.

I weigh about 3 lbs more after a workout (I've tried it because my trainer told me I'd "gain" after a workout and I wanted to see for myself).

Only if you drink a lot and don't perspire. I usually weigh a couple of pounds less after a hard workout. In college they used to weigh us after football practice during training camp to make sure we were not dehydrating.

chrmiller
12-21-2005, 12:15 PM
I had the same problem. I thought weighing myself frequently would motivate me, but just the opposite happened. I am going to weigh myself once a month now.

LovesBassets
12-21-2005, 12:22 PM
Only if you drink a lot and don't perspire.

Considering the fact that my cardio workout is the elliptical at elevation 14 and resistance level 17 for 45 SOLID MINUTES, I think I can safely say I'm PERSPIRING. :dizzy:

And yes, DESPITE perspiring, I still weigh 3 lbs MORE after a workout. And I don't particularly like the assumption that I DON'T perspire during a workout....I'm not an idiot just paddling along for no reason because that wouldn't be cardio then, would it? :dizzy:

silversparkle
12-21-2005, 12:26 PM
Now I am all confused! :?: I usually drink a bottle of water during my workout and I do sweat. I also do the elliptical and about 20-25 minutes of weight machines.

LovesBassets
12-21-2005, 12:32 PM
Now I am all confused! :?: I usually drink a bottle of water during my workout and I do sweat. I also do the elliptical and about 20-25 minutes of weight machines.

Silversparkle, my personal trainer has 3 different degrees in exercise physiology, sports medicine, etc. She says it is NORMAL for me to weigh 2 - 3 lbs more after a workout. I believe her. *Obviously* some people are different. I'd suggest you track your weight after your workouts for about a week to see whether it's normal for you to gain (if you want).

Obviously, you couldn't have gained 2 "real" lbs while working out unless you ate like 2 cheesecakes at the same time, right? :)

LLV
12-21-2005, 12:37 PM
I had the same problem. I thought weighing myself frequently would motivate me, but just the opposite happened. I am going to weigh myself once a month now.
I weigh once a week and that's it. First thing in the morning, nothing on but a t-shirt, after I've used the bathroom.

:)

PhysDom
12-21-2005, 12:44 PM
Obviously, you couldn't have gained 2 "real" lbs while working out unless you ate like 2 cheesecakes at the same time, right? :)

*laughs* That sounds like my kind of workout!!

jillybean720
12-21-2005, 01:31 PM
mmm...cheesecake...:doh:

I have heard many times that your muscles retain more water after a workout, which is why you would weigh more. I'm different in that I usually weigh less after a workout (cardio on the elliptical, and yes, I sweat), but I tend to be different about a lot of things :dizzy:

HOWEVER--it's shouldn't make a damn bit of difference since there's no need to weigh yourself every hour :p

sabriena
12-21-2005, 02:10 PM
Wow.... I need to eat some cheesecake when I exercise!! Is that how we lose weight? I'm doing it all wrong.. ahhaha

Anyway, I would definately agree with Kate's trainer as well. I've read a lot on NOT to weigh yourself after exercising because you'll be heavier ;) I usually weigh in the morning on a certain day... of course unless it's TOM then I don't weigh at all :P

RobertW
12-21-2005, 02:36 PM
Considering the fact that my cardio workout is the elliptical at elevation 14 and resistance level 17 for 45 SOLID MINUTES, I think I can safely say I'm PERSPIRING. :dizzy:

And yes, DESPITE perspiring, I still weigh 3 lbs MORE after a workout. And I don't particularly like the assumption that I DON'T perspire during a workout....I'm not an idiot just paddling along for no reason because that wouldn't be cardio then, would it? :dizzy:

Sorry, I should have said you are drinking 3# MORE water than you are perspiring. I didn't mean to imply that you are not breaking a sweat.

The weight has to come from somewhere.

I hope everyone here is aware of the dangers of overhydrating (hyponatremia) Hyponatremia among Runners in the Boston Marathon
(http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/352/15/1550)

luvshack
12-21-2005, 02:44 PM
I also weigh more after working out... I purposely do not go to the gym the day before my weigh day so that I don't have to worry about water retention as much.

LovesBassets
12-21-2005, 03:00 PM
HOWEVER--it's shouldn't make a damn bit of difference since there's no need to weigh yourself every hour :p

Amen, Jill!!! :)

shananigans
12-21-2005, 04:12 PM
So, I know that I need to get a scale and start weighing my self regularly under the same circumstances and all that. I have never owned a scale before. It has occurred to me that hopping on the scale at the gym or the bathroom scale at a friendís house whenever the whim hits me (about once every 2 or 3 weeks) is not giving me an accurate picture. Last night I weighed myself after my workout and I was 192, and then again just for fun a couple hours later at my friendís house and I was 189 Ĺ (I rather like my friendís scale now ;) ) I suppose it is possible that I did actually drop a little water weight in those hours, but I very much doubt it was nearly 3 pounds! Iíve pretty much been weighing myself only immediately post-workout, so itís good to know that I may weigh in at a lower number if I do it fist thing in the morning.

Any recommendations for a good scale to buy? I donít feel I need anything to fancy or pricey. Also, does anyone know if those doctorís office type scales with the sliding weights (the kind my gym has) tend to be more accurate than a bathroom scale? What about the ones that measure body fat %? Iíve heard many people say they are not terribly accurate.

annk
12-21-2005, 06:12 PM
I've heard that a digital model that costs around $40 is usually a better bet than just a normal scale. But I've also wondered why doctors' offices use the kind with the balances; you would think they would be the most accurate since they're the kind a doctor uses! Anybody here have an answer to that one?

My doctor told me that you can weigh about a kilogram (2.2 lbs) more in the evening than in the morning. But like everyone else has said, just pick conditions to weigh yourself in and stick to them. I personally weigh myself at around 6 pm in just my tee shirt (too much information, perhaps?!). Today's the day, by the way, so wish me luck!

Ann :smug:

RobertW
12-21-2005, 06:23 PM
I've heard that a digital model that costs around $40 is usually a better bet than just a normal scale. But I've also wondered why doctors' offices use the kind with the balances; you would think they would be the most accurate since they're the kind a doctor uses! Anybody here have an answer to that one?

My doctor told me that you can weigh about a kilogram (2.2 lbs) more in the evening than in the morning. But like everyone else has said, just pick conditions to weigh yourself in and stick to them. I personally weigh myself at around 6 pm in just my tee shirt (too much information, perhaps?!). Today's the day, by the way, so wish me luck!

Ann :smug:

Mechanical scales like your doctor's are much more accurate than spring or electronic scales but they do need to be periodically recalibrated. The one at my YMCA has been so badly broken by kid's jumping on it that it was retired.

My $12 digital scale gives very reproducible numbers although it weighs a couple pounds heavier than my Doctor's mechanical scale. My fancy $60 electronic scale is much finickier.

JayEll
12-25-2005, 12:28 PM
Interestingly, I usually weight half a pound less after exercise at my Curves club. Go figure. I don't work up much of a sweat, so all that I can guess is that I must evaporate. :lol:

If you aren't losing weight after exercising consistently for two weeks, then either (1) you have built up muscle that has offset the loss of fat. Muscle weighs more, or (2) you are relying only on exercise, thinking that will offset what you eat.

Many people, myself included, have found that exercise alone is not enough to lose weight. Yes, it makes a person more fit! And it's a good thing! But the pounds don't seem to drop off without some attention to eating.

Jay