#Repost @butteryourmacros ・・・
Dear girl (or boy) who gained two pounds in a day (or THINKS she did)
It’s hard to resist the scale--it SEEMS like objective data, it seems like a truth-teller and it seems to have a gravitational pull all its own. You want to step on to “assess the damage” done by a night out, an untracked meal or a weekend away. BUT. It’s like a stranger judging another person based on 1 minute of observation--does the scale know the full story?
It takes approximately 3500 calories to gain or lose a pound. While weight gain/loss and especially fat gain/loss is a little more complex...you’d have to eat AT LEAST 7000+ calories over your TDEE (a.k.a. maintenance) to gain 2 pounds. This kind of overage typically happens over time, unless you were in the Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest--you didn’t do it in one meal. .
So what is that you see? Why IS the number up?
. ▪️YOU ATE LATER THAN NORMAL LAST NIGHT
▪️YOU NEED TO POOP (or will need to soon)
▪️YOU HAD A LOT OF SALT YESTERDAY
It could be a lot of things. EVERYONE’S weight fluctuates even throughout the day--let alone throughout the week. So the number shift could be a lot of things but if you’re actively tracking your intake or making efforts towards weight loss--it means everything EXCEPT you gained 2 lbs of FAT. So don’t think your efforts have failed you. Don’t think that your program has failed you. Don’t think you’ve failed yourself.
The trick is to use the scale to determine a trend--over weeks and months. And measure your progress in other ways--weekly/monthly progress pictures, a measuring tape, how your clothes fit, how you feel. And to keep going, you MUST keep going. If you’re new you’ve gotta give it a chance--quick fixes have a short life-span. To create change in your life and in your body it’s a little bit better each day. It’s one foot in front of the other. It’s taking care of your body and your mind, being kind and careful as you love yourself better and into being better.