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Old 08-18-2008, 04:41 PM   #1
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Question Curiosity killed the cat.....

Luckily I am a bunny....

I weigh in on Saturday morning, nude after using the potty. Does that number on the scale reflect the day before food choices?? The week before food choices?? The night before??? I am curious to know exactly what that number represents!

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Old 08-18-2008, 04:53 PM   #2
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I am not to sure about the scale. But I heard that it takes about 2.5 days to actually gain weight.

Therefore, if you overeat today, the food will only be fat after 2.5 days.

But, if you do overeat, the food will still be in you body, and some of the actual weight of the food will reflect on the scale the next day.
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:00 PM   #3
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How about (d) none of the above.

The thing is ... our bodies aren't machines. You can't say a + b = c when it comes to biology. Unfortunately. There are some thigns that you'll eat that will show up practically within hours. And there are some things that you'll eat that will take 2 or 3 days to process. And those things may be different for you than for me.

For example, I eat something salty and w/in 2 or 3 hours I can tell I'm retaining water. My husband? He could pour the salt shaker into his mouth and swallow and wouldn't notice a change - ever.

And what makes you fat, might not make me fat and vice versa. I know that if I eat carbs in the evenings, it slows my weight loss. Even if I've eaten really well and on plan all week, an evening of carbs will derail me. OTOH, I know people in real life and on this site who can eat carbs at night and not be affected, but if they overdo the fat, they're toast for the week.

It kinda sucks that there's no tried and true formula to say "this is how it works" ... but that's life, huh?

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Old 08-18-2008, 05:02 PM   #4
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I think there are far, far too many variables to make a direct comparison between what and when you ate and the number on the scale. I mean if you drink a 16 ounce glass of water, the scale will say you gained a pound, but in 20 minutes you'll probably pee it out. But beyond that, there is no one-to-one relationship. Digestion isn't an exact science (even in forensics they can't do what they do on tv and tell when a person died by what's still in the stomach. Exercise, stress and other variables affect the rate of digestion, so at best there's an average or a range.) Also water content of the food, sodium, fiber... they all can affect things.

It's just too complicated to make that kind of comparison.
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:04 PM   #5
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For me, I always seem to be a week behind. If I am really good, and exercise, and don't cheat...I won't see that reflected until the following week. It's a bit frustrating but as long as I know what to expect I don't get let down.
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:12 PM   #6
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What your body weighs right that second :-)

Seriously, it'll vary based on SO many things that one scale reading can't be said to mean ANYTHING. A trend of readings, over a significant period of time, can represent change in your weight, but other than that, weight is just a snapshot.
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:16 PM   #7
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I'd say it takes the scales about 4 days to catch up. For me if I have a bad binge it wont usually show til about 4 days later.
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:24 PM   #8
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I have nothing to say but I agree with most of the above. =)

However, I have to ask...bunny, who's the woman in your siggie pic?
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:31 PM   #9
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I don't know the answer either, but I do know that the scales will reflect what I've eaten over the past few months or years. If I've eaten on plan I'll (hopefully) be thinner. If I've eaten rotten and binged then I'll (probably) be fatter.
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Old 08-18-2008, 06:58 PM   #10
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All your opinions and insight have helped. Thank you!
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:24 PM   #11
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I have nothing to say but I agree with most of the above. =)

However, I have to ask...bunny, who's the woman in your siggie pic?
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Old 08-19-2008, 01:53 AM   #12
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im not sure how long it takes to gain....
but if ive over ate the nite before i do tend to be heavier the next day....
loosin the weight doesnt seem to show as fast as gaining for me....
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:09 AM   #13
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I have a question for Photochick -

how did you actually determine that eating carbs in the evening is detrimental to your weight loss? I am sure you are right but I am interested in the how-to process.
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:44 AM   #14
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I have a question for Photochick -

how did you actually determine that eating carbs in the evening is detrimental to your weight loss? I am sure you are right but I am interested in the how-to process.
I'm not Photochick, obviously, but I have the same problem. For me, I weigh every day so if I eat carbs at night I can watch the scale creep up several ounces a day until I start cutting out the carbs again. And yet, it took me a *year* to figure out why I wasn't losing any weight. Talk about frustrating! I'm just glad I did figure it out eventually, with the help of my sister, who has the same problem. I guess the truth is that I just didn't want to believe her, because that meant adjusting to a low-carb lifestyle and giving up vegetarianism.
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