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    Bittersweet,gggrrrrr


    I had to buy a new battery for my glucose meter and it turns out that next door was a department store. I bought a new scale
    Anyway, I came home all excited and proceeded to weigh myself. 4 weeks ago I weighed 247, according to this scale I still weigh 247 !!!!!. Now, I feel good and am very zoned into 20/25 grams carbs and high fat with medium proteins, my clothes are down like 4 inches and I see every part of my body is thinner ! Why doesn't the scale show any loss?'' I will continue my lifestyle change , but am a bit perplexed why over 4 weeks not one pound ! It has been 13 weeks and I have totally lost about 10 lbs.
    So, any thoughts? Some encouragements. PLEASE.

    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgreen View Post
    I had to buy a new battery for my glucose meter and it turns out that next door was a department store. I bought a new scale
    Anyway, I came home all excited and proceeded to weigh myself. 4 weeks ago I weighed 247, according to this scale I still weigh 247 !!!!!. Now, I feel good and am very zoned into 20/25 grams carbs and high fat with medium proteins, my clothes are down like 4 inches and I see every part of my body is thinner ! Why doesn't the scale show any loss?'' I will continue my lifestyle change , but am a bit perplexed why over 4 weeks not one pound ! It has been 13 weeks and I have totally lost about 10 lbs.
    So, any thoughts? Some encouragements. PLEASE.

    Phil
    Hi Phil, I am glad you asked this question.

    THE SCALE
    Why we hate and love it.

    We are taught to respect numbers. I do, it is just my body that often does not. I LOVED my scale when it was going down, and hated myself when it was not. Is that crazy or what? Like you and many others who are on this path, I was true to my way of eating and yet that silly scale would show that all the work I was doing was not working. I got angry at it, but most of all, at myself for some failing, even though I had no idea where or what.

    Like you, my clothes were loose and sometimes even falling off, but I let that scale rule me. then I started researching, reading and thinking. Like you, I started measuring. And weighing once a week.

    Even now, the scale has power over me. I hit my goal, of 150 and was estatic. then I even went under a bit, however, I had decided that I really liked my goal and knew that to be lighter, it meant not eating the way I knew I could be happy with for the rest of my life. So the scale number of 150 became my mantra. I promised myself to watch it everyday and at three to five pounds over, start taking action.

    I was held captive, weighing every day, HOWEVER, I am learning/teaching myself/meditating on not allowing myself to get panicked at the few extra pounds that are there. Maybe I need to reevaluate. I was on a high fat, low carb way of eating. I am going to go lower fat and allow myself a bit more protein. I tend to snack too much and reach for nuts. I want to see if higher protein will help curb this. And so we are always working on this.

    WHY? Because I want my scale to go down. I know... my jeans fit. I know... I am taking some NSAIDs because I have a shoulder that is giving me problems right now. (Some meds cause our bodies to hold water even though fat is leaving.) It is just a number, but it is a very strong number.....

    If you are eating low carb, not too much protein and calories over all, then you will lose. AND you are losing! Your clothes are the proof right now!

    AND WHOOP for you!! That is wonderful!!!!

    So, why not start your actual tracking of the numbers on the scale anew? Start a new graph? You are doing well!!!

    PS, please do not reduce your salt. If you are low carb-below 50 net carbs a day, you need to suppliment.
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    I posted this in our Law Carb section a while ago.
    http://www.lowcarbsite.com/showthrea...the-Scale-Lies

    Why the Scale Lies

    http://everythingatkins.net/scalelies.html


    Why the Scale Lies

    By Renee Cloe, ACE Certified Personal Trainer
    We’ve been told over an over again that daily weighing is unnecessary, yet many of us can’t resist peeking at that number every morning. If you just can’t bring yourself to toss the scale in the trash, you should definitely familiarize yourself with the factors that influence it’s readings.
    From water retention to glycogen storage and changes in lean body mass, daily weight fluctuations are normal. They are not indicators of your success or failure. Once you understand how these mechanisms work, you can free yourself from the daily battle with the bathroom scale.
    Water makes up about 60% of total body mass. Normal fluctuations in the body’s water content can send scale-watchers into a tailspin if they don’t understand what’s happening. Two factors influencing water retention are water consumption and salt intake. Strange as it sounds, the less water you drink, the more of it your body retains. If you are even slightly dehydrated your body will hang onto it’s water supplies with a vengeance, possibly causing the number on the scale to inch upward. The solution is to drink plenty of water.
    Excess salt (sodium) can also play a big role in water retention. A single teaspoon of salt contains over 2,000 mg of sodium. Generally, we should only eat between 1,000 and 3,000 mg of sodium a day, so it’s easy to go overboard. Sodium is a sneaky substance. You would expect it to be most highly concentrated in salty chips, nuts, and crackers. However, a food doesn’t have to taste salty to be loaded with sodium. A half cup of instant pudding actually contains nearly four times as much sodium as an ounce of salted nuts, 460 mg in the pudding versus 123 mg in the nuts. The more highly processed a food is, the more likely it is to have a high sodium content. That’s why, when it comes to eating, it’s wise to stick mainly to the basics: fruits, vegetables, lean meat, beans, and whole grains. Be sure to read the labels on canned foods, boxed mixes, and frozen dinners.
    Women may also retain several pounds of water prior to menstruation. This is very common and the weight will likely disappear as quickly as it arrives. Pre-menstrual water-weight gain can be minimized by drinking plenty of water, maintaining an exercise program, and keeping high-sodium processed foods to a minimum.
    Another factor that can influence the scale is glycogen. Think of glycogen as a fuel tank full of stored carbohydrate. Some glycogen is stored in the liver and some is stored the muscles themselves. This energy reserve weighs more than a pound and it’s packaged with 3-4 pounds of water when it’s stored. Your glycogen supply will shrink during the day if you fail to take in enough carbohydrates. As the glycogen supply shrinks you will experience a small imperceptible increase in appetite and your body will restore this fuel reserve along with it’s associated water. It’s normal to experience glycogen and water weight shifts of up to 2 pounds per day even with no changes in your calorie intake or activity level. These fluctuations have nothing to do with fat loss, although they can make for some unnecessarily dramatic weigh-ins if you’re prone to obsessing over the number on the scale.
    Otherwise rational people also tend to forget about the actual weight of the food they eat. For this reason, it’s wise to weigh yourself first thing in the morning before you’ve had anything to eat or drink. Swallowing a bunch of food before you step on the scale is no different than putting a bunch of rocks in your pocket. The 5 pounds that you gain right after a huge dinner is not fat. It’s the actual weight of everything you’ve had to eat and drink. The added weight of the meal will be gone several hours later when you’ve finished digesting it. Exercise physiologists tell us that in order to store one pound of fat, you need to eat 3,500 calories more than your body is able to burn. In other words, to actually store the above dinner as 5 pounds of fat, it would have to contain a whopping 17,500 calories. This is not likely, in fact it’s not humanly possible. So when the scale goes up 3 or 4 pounds overnight, rest easy, it’s likely to be water, glycogen, and the weight of your dinner. Keep in mind that the 3,500 calorie rule works in reverse also. In order to lose one pound of fat you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in. Generally, it’s only possible to lose 1-2 pounds of fat per week. When you follow a very low calorie diet that causes your weight to drop 10 pounds in 7 days, it’s physically impossible for all of that to be fat. What you’re really losing is water, glycogen, and muscle.
    This brings us to the scale’s sneakiest attribute. It doesn’t just weigh fat. It weighs muscle, bone, water, internal organs and all. When you lose "weight," that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve lost fat. In fact, the scale has no way of telling you what you’ve lost (or gained). Losing muscle is nothing to celebrate. Muscle is a metabolically active tissue. The more muscle you have the more calories your body burns, even when you’re just sitting around. That’s one reason why a fit, active person is able to eat considerably more food than the dieter who is unwittingly destroying muscle tissue. Robin Landis, author of "Body Fueling," compares fat and muscles to feathers and gold. One pound of fat is like a big fluffy, lumpy bunch of feathers, and one pound of muscle is small and valuable like a piece of gold. Obviously, you want to lose the dumpy, bulky feathers and keep the sleek beautiful gold. The problem with the scale is that it doesn’t differentiate between the two. It can’t tell you how much of your total body weight is lean tissue and how much is fat. There are several other measuring techniques that can accomplish this, although they vary in convenience, accuracy, and cost. Skin-fold calipers pinch and measure fat folds at various locations on the body, hydrostatic (or underwater) weighing involves exhaling all of the air from your lungs before being lowered into a tank of water, and bioelectrical impedance measures the degree to which your body fat impedes a mild electrical current.
    If the thought of being pinched, dunked, or gently zapped just doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry. The best measurement tool of all turns out to be your very own eyes. How do you look? How do you feel? How do your clothes fit? Are your rings looser? Do your muscles feel firmer? These are the true measurements of success. If you are exercising and eating right, don’t be discouraged by a small gain on the scale. Fluctuations are perfectly normal. Expect them to happen and take them in stride. It’s a matter of mind over scale.
    Originally published on The Fitness Jumpsite™.
    I am Arlene and Dr Mary Vernon says it best http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaquSijXJkQ for me. I used to stand under my plum tree waiting for the fruit to ripen and fall, now I stand near a coconut tree.
    "Let me have men about me that are fat, sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights. Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous." William Shakespeare ++++++++++++ I pray, let me one of the dangerous.

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    BRAVO to you and thank! I have a personal PHILosophy that when we pray over things G-d does answer. Perhaps not in a burning bush or thunderous voices, yet sometimes a still silent voice thru another person can be found the reply ! I thank you for sharing and now I can add some wisdom and a tad of "fun" when I look at my dy-fun-ctional scale LOL !
    Have a blessed day and perhaps others will share too......
    Phil

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    PS , my DIL did mention when I shared last night ( she is a nurse) that ,like in the article, muscle shouldn't be lost ,but obviously fat is becoming converted into energy and use thereby you are losing fat and not just "weight". Can you say "terminal amnesia " One of my favorite original phrases, I coined

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    A few years back I had an old fashioned analog scale from probably back in the 70's. I knew it was off and wanted to get a newer digital scale. I tossed that old inaccurate scale. Boy did I regret that. The new scale weighed me a good 7+ pounds more. I'm sure it was more accurate but it hurt. I wished I'd kept that old scale just for a consistent measure. I agree with Tril, it's the scale. If you still have the old one, track on both for a while.

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    His old one is toast....... LOL
    I am Arlene and Dr Mary Vernon says it best http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaquSijXJkQ for me. I used to stand under my plum tree waiting for the fruit to ripen and fall, now I stand near a coconut tree.
    "Let me have men about me that are fat, sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights. Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous." William Shakespeare ++++++++++++ I pray, let me one of the dangerous.

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    Thanks for the feedback ! My old scale was like 10 lbs less than my dentists scale. I used the dentist numbers as being the proper weight So, I went and bought a new one. That scale reflects the exact ( 4 weeks later from dentist weigh in) figures 247 . The issue I posted ( sorry for any confusion) is why in 4 weeks there was no change between the dentist scale and my new one !
    All that being said, your comments are appreciated and numbers are just numbers and I have come to believe and accept subjective ,personal non numerical data is what I need to base my progress with ! Onwards, forwards and UPWARDS ( or downwards )

    Thank again
    Phil

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    I used to weigh in one morning a week, first thing in am, no clothes, fists clenched and holding my breath. The last two things did nothing for weight, but helped me! LOL

    Phil, you will see a loss non your new scale eventually, really.
    I am Arlene and Dr Mary Vernon says it best http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaquSijXJkQ for me. I used to stand under my plum tree waiting for the fruit to ripen and fall, now I stand near a coconut tree.
    "Let me have men about me that are fat, sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights. Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous." William Shakespeare ++++++++++++ I pray, let me one of the dangerous.

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