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Question I have... Is Nutrisystem or Nutrisystem the best? Looking forward for any answer. Second question.. I've been on the program for almost three months and I am very happy with the results to date. Nutrisystem is incredible and I am truly thankful. I am having no trouble sticking to the program, and I feel better than I have in years..

One thing I don't understand is why I can gain two lbs in one day and then lose it again the next without having done anything differently. Sometimes I have even eaten less calories the day that I gain the weight. ???.

Could it be water? Could it be a factor of when I weigh myself?.

I can't imagine I actually gained real weight..

Your wisdom and experience is appreciated...

asked Apr 21 at 11:36

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Of course! but... you might want to make sure and wait for another person here to confirm my answer as I am not confident. Better yet, why don't you ask the Nutrisystem guys because they can help better...

answered Apr 21 at 11:57

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I check my weight everyday, but my official weigh-in is 1st thing Wednesday morning, butt naked in front of the mirror. This way I can watch the love handles disappear..

Pick a day and make it your "official day"...

answered Apr 21 at 13:11

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I happened across this article when I first started my NutriSystem journey in February, 2006, and found it very enlightening and helpful. I post it here often for others to enjoy. Hope it helps you, too. Pam.

Why Scales Lie by Renee Cloe, ACE Certified Personal Trainer (reprinted with permission:.



Weve been told over and over again that daily weighing is unnecessary, yet many of us cant resist peeking at that number every morning. If you just cant 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 bodys water content can send scale-watchers into a tailspin if they dont understand whats 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 doesnt have to taste salty to be loaded with sodium.

The more highly processed a food is, the more likely it is to have a high sodium content. Thats 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.

These fluctuations have nothing to do with fat loss, although they can make for some unnecessarily dramatic weigh-ins if youre 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 youve 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. Its the actual weight of everything youve had to eat and drink. The added weight of the meal will be gone several hours later when youve 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.

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 youre really losing is water, glycogen, and muscle..

This brings us to the scales sneakiest attribute. It doesnt just weigh fat. It weighs muscle, bone, water, internal organs and all. When you lose "weight," that doesnt necessarily mean that youve lost fat. In fact, the scale has no way of telling you what youve lost (or gained). Losing muscle is nothing to celebrate.

The more muscle you have the more calories your body burns, even when youre just sitting around. Thats 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 doesnt differentiate between the two. It cant 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.

If the thought of being pinched, dunked, or gently zapped just doesnt appeal to you, dont 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, dont be discouraged by a small gain on the scale. Fluctuations are perfectly normal. Expect them to happen and take them in stride. Its a matter of mind over scale...

answered Apr 21 at 14:35

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Don't try to micromanage the scale. You'll vary, depending upon how much water you've got in your system primarily. One thing that I found helpful was to weigh myself many times during the day - while following the program - to get an idea of how much you can vary in the span of a day. It made those 1-2 pound up and down variations from day to day much easier to understand..

If you follow the program to the letter, over time you will lose weight. It's nice to have instant gratification, but as many have said, we took a long time to get where we were, it's not a quick process to reverse that...

answered Apr 21 at 15:13

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Kat's right. Water and digestive system contents (crap) fluctuate all the time. Add into that scale precision (+- 1% is 2-3 lbs for most of us) and you can't really count on a straight line loss rate. I'm a bit obsessive and weigh before and after bed, working out, every time I get up to pee and it's fun to see the trends. Despite the vagaries of all the above, you can get pretty good at prediciting where you're going to be if your scale doesn't fake you out..

No worries! If it bugs you, stick to the 1/wk system. That's a lot more indicative of your progress..


answered Apr 21 at 15:57

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Once a week, same time, same place, same outfit, after morning BM..

That should be pretty accurate..

However, that being said...I just went into the doctors office today for a follow up and when I stepped on the scale it read an amazing 296.

With all my clothes on (guessing 5 pounds worth). So that probably had a reading of 291 or so. I couldn't believe it, so I stepped off, reset the scales to 0, then got back on...same results..

My weekly weigh in on Monday had me at 306.8...buck naked..

Imagine my confusion.

I have been on those scales before and they have been pretty close to my home scales, but that is a large difference. And my scales are only a couple months old..

What the???.

I'm going to have to go find somewhere else to weigh, just to see whats up...

answered Apr 21 at 17:19

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I weigh myself every morning right after I visit the "library." I use my Monday morning weight as my offical weight and it's the weight I put on my page here and in my ticker..

I do not obess over a 1 - 2 pound gain and I do not get overly excited over .5 or 1 pound loss. If I go up a pound or 2 I look at what I did the day before to make certain that overall I am staying the course. Did I have a couple of drinks? Did go out to lunch? Did I drink all the water? If I go down I use it as a daily re-comittment to the program both food and exercise..

Just do not obsess over the fluctations. Stay the course and you will be just fine...

answered Apr 21 at 17:34

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Is the "library" the same as me visiting my other office and having a meeting with "john"?..

answered Apr 21 at 17:44

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Thanks for all your help an information. It turns out the latest fluctuation was just that, and my weight was down the next day. Phew....

I work out at lunch and weigh myself after the workout. Unfortunately, if I work out each day, I can't help but weigh myself..

I went for my annual physical this week and my doctor was very pleased. BP is good. Very happy with the +40 lbs weight loss. Hopefully the cholesterol will come back okay. Much better report than I used to get..

I will keep all your information in mind for next fluctuation...

answered Apr 21 at 18:37

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