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    How do I know im losing 2lbs a week

    How do I know if im losing 2lb a week if water weight is fluctuating the numbers on the scale each week?

    I went a couple days with little water and weighed myself in the morning and was able to see I lost 2lb. Then the following week I did everything the same but drank 2ltrs of water, weighed myself at the same time and saw that my weight gained a pound or less.

    I know mirror is best way to measure fat loss but you cant really see any different in a week and the scale just acts as an assurance that im making some progress to help motivate, so thats why I weigh myself.
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    Weight loss is determined by a moving average over time. It is never linear and short term fluctuations are water.
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    Weigh only once weekly. Your daily weight can fluctuate up and down like 8lb depending on water and food and bathroom cycles. Weight loss is a long term thing, not something that happens overnight.
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    Originally Posted by RayBcomplex View Post
    Weigh only once weekly. Your daily weight can fluctuate up and down like 8lb depending on water and food and bathroom cycles. Weight loss is a long term thing, not something that happens overnight.
    I do weight once weekely, every monday morning. I see people say lose 2lb a week for healthy maximum weight loss. Ive tried to track that 2lb a week but my weight weekly fluctuates.
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    Originally Posted by Tommy W. View Post
    Weight loss is determined by a moving average over time. It is never linear and short term fluctuations are water.
    So when people say 2lb weight loss a week, how do they measure that 2lb loss if water fluctuates the weight weekly. How would they know if they lost that 2lb if the water weight is masking it?
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    Originally Posted by Cautious1 View Post
    I do weight once weekely, every monday morning. I see people say lose 2lb a week for healthy maximum weight loss. Ive tried to track that 2lb a week but my weight weekly fluctuates.
    Averages, man. Long term.
    Here's my Mondays since August: 225 222 220 220 221 219 217 216.5 216
    Woke up this morning at 213 after waking up yesterday at 217....
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    Originally Posted by Cautious1 View Post
    So when people say 2lb weight loss a week, how do they measure that 2lb loss if water fluctuates the weight weekly. How would they know if they lost that 2lb if the water weight is masking it?
    Keep waist measurements. Measure at the navel and if that number goes down you're losing fat. Measure every 4 weeks. As far as weighing there are tracking apps that take a moving average. Get one.
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    Weigh every day and take a weekly average.

    Example
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    Week 1 average = 198.6

    Repeat for Week 2 and Week 3. Then compare your beginning weight to your Week 3 average.
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    Originally Posted by spradish View Post
    Weigh every day and take a weekly average.

    Example
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    197
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    Week 1 average = 198.6

    Repeat for Week 2 and Week 3. Then compare your beginning weight to your Week 3 average.
    This ^^^

    I use a spreadsheet to log my calories, and it automagically provides weekly averages. You can find these spreadsheet templates that are all set up for you online and download for free.
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    If you only weigh once a week you can be fooled by day to day fluctuations. No statistician in the world would prefer less data rather than more.
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    Weigh yourself everyday, below is what happens and why you need daily data...

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    Originally Posted by xsquid99 View Post
    Weigh yourself everyday, below is what happens and why you need daily data...

    correct however weekly under a consistent condition ( Friday mornings after peeing) can also work as it will be a multi week or multi month endeavor. If you look at the daily graph and look at the every 7 day data you can also see the trend. Fat loss is a lengthy process and sometimes more data isn’t necessarily superior. It never hurts however it isn’t alway necessary
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    If you only weigh once a week you can be fooled by day to day fluctuations. No statistician in the world would prefer less data rather than more.
    I won't dispute that, but given the daily fluctuations, it's just noise in the data over time. Given Squids' graph the 3/1 and 4/18 data points would have given you the general information that you want in the end.... am i trending down or up.
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    My weekly data tells me my trends.
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    In my own experience, weighing once per week was sufficient when I was heavier. As I lost weight and got closer to and then into a healthy weight range, daily weighing was the better option for me. I also think that daily weighing can open people's eyes to the reality of normal weight fluctuations and the various reasons they occur. That can help them learn not to freak out if they gain 3 lbs overnight.
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    Thanks for all the replies, very helpful
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    Originally Posted by RayBcomplex View Post
    I won't dispute that, but given the daily fluctuations, it's just noise in the data over time. Given Squids' graph the 3/1 and 4/18 data points would have given you the general information that you want in the end.... am i trending down or up.
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    My weekly data tells me my trends.
    The problem is that if your weight was the same this Monday as it was last Monday - do you cut calories? Or perhaps Friday, Saturday and Sunday readings were all lower than Monday - so actually you are losing at the required rate and cutting calories would be a mistake.

    On a long enough timescale, of course you will see a trend - but if you have to make decisions based on it on shorter timescales it might not work out so well.

    Line of best fits best with more supporting data points. Trust me on this, I work with machine learning / statistics.
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    I think the one thing most people forget about is "Fecal matter" I know that's a taboo subject but, the avg. person hold about 10~25lbs of fecal matter.

    "People produce one ounce of fecal matter for every 12 pounds of their body weight"

    When we weighed in for drop ship training in the military. We had to do it on full flush out to get our real weight. So, weigh yourself empty.
    or do the math your weight + x = A

    hope this helps with your question mate!
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    Originally Posted by deadEMT View Post
    I think the one thing most people forget about is "Fecal matter" I know that's a taboo subject but, the avg. person hold about 10~25lbs of fecal matter.

    "People produce one ounce of fecal matter for every 12 pounds of their body weight"

    When we weighed in for drop ship training in the military. We had to do it on full flush out to get our real weight. So, weigh yourself empty.
    or do the math your weight + x = A

    hope this helps with your question mate!
    What a load of sh** (pun intended)

    Read this mate having 25lbs of crap I don't think so (well maybe yourself but certainly no sane individual lol)

    https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/he...crap-literally

    https://www.emedicinehealth.com/ask_...article_em.htm

    You need to redo your maths so a larger man at 200lbs would have 1lb of waste.

    200lbs/ 12 = 16.6 lots of 12lbs body weight.

    Times 16.6 by 1 to get how many ounces = 16.6 ounces.

    16.6 ounces = around 1lb

    Can't believe I am calculating the waste product in the human body lol very slow morning, off to the gym on that thought......
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    Daily weighing for some people can cause a daily change to their program. 2 pounds up today? Better slash calories and do an extra hour of cardio. Down 2 tomorrow? Time to celebrate with some treats.

    Daily only works if the dieter has the capacity to not allow the daily data impact their regimen and ruin consistency.
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