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Confused - Scale Weight Fluctuations - Water Weight?

I'm wondering how much scale weight can fluctuate in 1 hour. I typically do my weigh in every morning AFTER my workout. Well, this morning I decided to do it before my workout as well. Before my workout, I was 143.0 and after I was 141.0. I know I could not have burned 7000 calories - could that be the water weight I sweated out? I'm confused!

Thu. Aug 31, 10:41am

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Well, that would be a little less than a quart of water. If you were sweating and not drinking during your workout, it's likely.

Thursday, August 31, 2006, 10:49 AM

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There could have been many factors contributing to the scale fluctuations. I have found scale measurements taken during the day are not accurate because they can vary based on last BM, last time I ate, how recently I've worked out, how hot it's been....

The best time to weigh yourself for accurate weight measurement is everymore first thing after you wake up and before you eat breakfast. Your weight will probably go up during the day but this is one time that you body is pretty consistant as far as factors that lead to weight gain or loss.

Thursday, August 31, 2006, 10:50 AM

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OP here...

so is my weight 141 or 143? If I sweated that much, should I be taking a diuretic?

Thursday, August 31, 2006, 11:17 AM

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a diuretic will only increase the amount of liquid (urine) that your body expels. i would suggest that if your body is losing that much in water weight form just working out, maybe consider drinking more water and less caffeine (a diuretic). regularly running your body with not enough hydration will eventually take its toll-your body loses potassium and magnesium quickly when depleted of bodily fluids. this can cause respiratory and nervous-system abnomalities.

Thursday, August 31, 2006, 11:27 AM

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Weight will fluctuate as much as 5lbs during the day

Your weight will fluctuate as much as 5 lbs during the day. It has something to do with water but also how your body functions.

DO NOT weigh yourself before and after working out -- that is a recipe for disaster. The only folks that I have ever known to do this were anorexic, bulimic or both.

Your goal is to be healthy. Weighing twice a week is a more accurate picture of your true loss. Weight watchers and most official trainers only mark you weight once a week to avoid the fluctuations.

DON'T TAKE A DIURETIC! My mother did this while exercising and had a massive stroke and lost most of her ability for cognitive functioning.

While they are over the counter, they are dangerous!

Thursday, August 31, 2006, 11:29 AM

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