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    Weight Freak out

    Hello !
    So I started my darebee journey more than a month ago. I started with The Foundation, I loved it ! It was great to do. Now, I am doing 60 days of Cardio. I usually do level 2 with one or two breaks.
    So, I am very happy with all this. I always do a warmupp and most of the time a stretching at the end.
    When I began, I checked the section food and nutrition and I could see that most of the time I was already following the hero meal plan (of course, sometimes I do a meal or two in the week that is a bit different). All my meals are home-made by me.

    However ! I checked my weight this morning. I don't do this often beacause I can be quite obsessed and develop very negative thoughts. I was very surprised to see that I added 5 kg to the scale !
    Am I doing something wrong ? Is it a normal step ?
    I am very depressed at the moment, is it something to take into account ?

    #2
    Weight fluctuates all the time and you can gain or lose 1 kg by simply drinking a lot of water or going to the toilet. Weigh yourself, go to the toilet, and weight yourself again. You'll see a loss of weight.

    Checking once or twice randomly does not help and provides no good data for tracking purposes. If you are going to weigh yourself, do so at the same time every day. You'll see a pattern emerge over weeks and months and that will help you with your goals.

    Checking just once and comparing to a few weeks ago once is not helpful. It is bad data.

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      #3
      Yeah for weight it is best first thing in the morning after you use the bathroom.

      Another thing to note though is that you are new to this and continuing to push harder. Your body will hold on to a lot of water if you are sore and doing something new. Like Warmaker said 5kg isn't too much of a big deal so don't sweat it. Drink plenty of water and do weigh ins for a week or two and look at the average/trend and go from there. If you are worried about becoming obsessed stop at that point and do it again it 2-3 months.

      Also remember you can shrink in size and gain in weight as you start out as muscle develops. Measurements and pictures are your friend, weight is just how much the Earth loves you.

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        #4
        Just another point, make sure you are using the same scale. As mentioned weight is tricky and it can fluctuate, but scales are also somewhat individual (unless you are in a doctors office). Also try to be wearing pretty much the same thing every time.

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          #5
          Hey, just adding to everyone's answer, gaining weight doesn't mean you're getting fat or doing anything wrong.

          Muscles have a higher density than fat so as you get fitter your body composition will change over time. So as everyone already mentioned you should use pictures or measurements instead of a scale to get a better picture of what's happening

          Sadly there is that common idea that weight going up is bad but that's not always true.

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            #6
            Thank you so much for all your answers !
            I am in a bad place mentaly and I am really holding on my little trainings, doing fresh meals and keeping my flat clean. Thinking that I could be doing one or two wrong was just too much for me.

            I think I am going to write Azercord sentence
            "weight is just how much the Earth loves you."
            on my scale. I will try the measurements too !

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              #7
              I've been weighing myself for years. I do it now twice a week. Along with the above I've also learned that salty meals can make you retain water, which in turn temporary higher numbers on the scale. Higher numbers can also be caused by long walks\hikes (there's a reason for this, I looked it up, I just don't remember). The important thing is to look for trends. Also, how are your clothes fitting?

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                #8
                Going to offer up an unusual opinion. I do weigh myself; as others have suggested, do it in the morning, after using the bathroom. When I competed, I abstained from drinking water the night before to further cut weight; goes to show you how much of your weight is water.

                But the scale is just a general measure of where you are physically, it's not pinpoint accurate. I weigh 79 kg, which is normally quite heavy for someone of my height (I'm 165 cm). But I'm a bodybuilder/powerlifter, and have a lot of muscle on my frame. Which leads me to my next point.

                It's about how your physique is shaping up (pardon the pun), and how you feel. Do you look substantially different? Can you fit into your clothes more easily? Are your bodily measurements around, say, your arms and thighs higher? Then you've put on muscle.

                You don't automatically get fatter from the diet and training you've described. Keep doing what you're doing and see if things level out.



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                  #9
                  Matriochka ... something the others - even Ryuji - missed. The biggest influence on your weight is your food intake. Yeh ... water ... but that's temporary.
                  First: sugar offers no value to your body other than energy (calories) so ... don't eat it.Or any of its analogs - honey, high fructose xxxx syrup and the like.
                  Second: carbohydrates are addictive and lead to cravings for more! Unless they contain lots of dietary fiber, limit them.
                  Third: learn to limit your portion sizes.
                  If you have that down, gaining weight - with exercise - is often more about gaining muscle rather than gaining fat.

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                    #10
                    Ah, weight. Overrated. Belly circumfence is the way to go. Keep it under 100cm and you are ok if you are a guy (90cm for the ladies).

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Andi64 View Post
                      Ah, weight. Overrated. Belly circumfence is the way to go. Keep it under 100cm and you are ok if you are a guy (90cm for the ladies).
                      Eek! as I got older and retired I gained some belly fat, I remember it being 30" then 32" nowadays it's 35", I want it back to 32". I'm 146lbs and 5' 8".

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by DaithiMeyer View Post
                        Matriochka ... something the others - even Ryuji - missed. The biggest influence on your weight is your food intake. Yeh ... water ... but that's temporary.
                        First: sugar offers no value to your body other than energy (calories) so ... don't eat it.Or any of its analogs - honey, high fructose xxxx syrup and the like.
                        Second: carbohydrates are addictive and lead to cravings for more! Unless they contain lots of dietary fiber, limit them.
                        Third: learn to limit your portion sizes.
                        If you have that down, gaining weight - with exercise - is often more about gaining muscle rather than gaining fat.
                        Maybe because she said she has food under control already ?

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Ryuji View Post

                          Maybe because she said she has food under control already ?
                          My wife says that all the time, as well.
                          And yet she complains every time she uses the scale and can finish a pint of - admittedly, "diet" (sugar-free) - ice cream in a sitting.
                          Can you understand my doubts?
                          Was I harsh in my comments?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by DaithiMeyer View Post

                            My wife says that all the time, as well.
                            And yet she complains every time she uses the scale and can finish a pint of - admittedly, "diet" (sugar-free) - ice cream in a sitting.
                            Can you understand my doubts?
                            Was I harsh in my comments?
                            Not harsh, but I'd rather assume first that people are honest.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Ryuji View Post

                              Not harsh, but I'd rather assume first that people are honest.
                              I understand.
                              But there's a huge gulf between being "dishonest" and "mis-informing". My wife lies to herself, but mis-informs me.
                              Matriochka might be mis-informed as to what constitutes a 'good' diet or may not realize she is outside the bounds of that diet.
                              These are not "lies", and may not even be dis-honest, perhaps just "oopsies".

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