I’ve heard that you shouldn’t weigh yourself daily when you’re dieting due to weight fluctuations. I’ve never subscribed to that theory as I figure that as long as I weigh myself first thing in the morning (well, second thing) then the results should be fairly consistent.
But the truth of the matter is that even budgeting for two pounds a week of weight loss, I don’t lose weight every day — even when I meet my calorie goal for that day. I suspect that the biggest reason for this is the slowing of my dietary process when my caloric intake is reduced. Still, some days confuse me. Yesterday, for example, I basically met my calorie goal (slightly over the “lose two pounds per week” amount, but still plenty below the “maintain” amount) and yet I gained 1.2 pounds.
Here’s how my day went, calorically:
If you can’t see the image for whatever reason, the gist of it is that I was 41 calories over a 1458 calorie budget, but plenty below the theoretical “gain weight” number (not pictured). Admittedly, this wasn’t my healthiest day of eating, and I neglected the evening run I had planned when I chose to have the Frosty. Still, I was surprised to weigh over a pound heavier this morning. Plus, this was all after having been 166 calories below my goal on Monday and not losing any weight (gaining a fifth of a pound, actually).
Oh, and today isn’t looking too promising either, unless I manage to squeeze a run or bike ride in before pool tonight. At least I’ve made great progress over the last few weeks. Perhaps it’s just time for another plateu.
I do have a side question. The scale I use is one of those that has metal plates for your feet so that it can use a small current to measure your body fat. *That* number was actually down quite a bit this morning. I haven’t yet determined exactly what short-term changes in body fat represent, but I think it must have to do with how hydrated I am. It was 22.5% yesterday and 21.8% today. This number is also substantially lower at night than it is the next morning.