1

votes

Paleo Weight Fluctuation

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 02, 2010 at 1:13 PM

I have returned to Paleo after a four year absence: no dairy, no nightshades, no refined or processed... occasional vice of red wine or brandy. I am increasing my exercise slowly and have dropped 14 lbs since starting back 6 weeks ago. I am puzzled tho that my weight fluctuates by as much as 4 or 5 lbs from day to day. Has anyone else experienced this? This didn???t happen first time round, just a steady weight loss.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on November 02, 2010
at 05:52 PM

that is what it is. i think its a good way to get rid of the daily stress of seeing movements on the scale.

B2157bdf4a217ac943c41125d1a67845

(258)

on November 02, 2010
at 04:37 PM

Isn't that just a 10 day moving average?

835024d11405cbd5538554b11c357c3f

(8)

on November 02, 2010
at 03:19 PM

It's fine. This was my first post here, and I guess I should have expected people to 'jump' on me for petty little things - like grams. I merely said what I wanted to without thinking what others would think of my post and I guess that's why I took the comments to heart - they were unexpected. I meant no harm, nor did I mean to be "spooky" or anally retentive. God forbid. I am really trying - and I keep reading the things on the board almost every day - and haven't had the guts to post anything. But I feel alone - no one at home is doing paleo with me and I have no support. But ya. Stupid me.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 02, 2010
at 03:01 PM

Sorry if I offended you - that was not my intent (just mis-guided humor). I've seen weights in pounds, kilos and stones before, but never in grams. I more used to seeing carb/fat/protein intake discussed in those quantities. I guess that's about 2/3 of a pound, so its not as insignificant as I thought. If you want, I will delete my previous comment (and this one).

835024d11405cbd5538554b11c357c3f

(8)

on November 02, 2010
at 02:48 PM

Also - those damn 300g mean a lot to me since I am insulin resistant and have PCOS. I am doing this diet 100% which is why it meant more than it would to others I guess. But anyhoo. I don't really care what your opinions are. ;)

835024d11405cbd5538554b11c357c3f

(8)

on November 02, 2010
at 02:45 PM

Uhm it's how we measure things in South Africa. Not everyone uses the same metric system as you? Your comment was pretty... anal. -.-

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 02, 2010
at 02:43 PM

I think what he meant is, um, well, you are measuring your weight in grams? really? Wow, that takes anal-retentive to a whole new level!

835024d11405cbd5538554b11c357c3f

(8)

on November 02, 2010
at 02:40 PM

What is so spooky about gaining some weight, even if it was only 300g? I lost 2.5kg, then gained, now am losing again...

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on November 02, 2010
at 02:31 PM

AAAAAAAAAAAAA. 300 g ? The fuck ? Sorry girl but this is spooky.

  • 5f8a3191f7b31cc403a5b0548cce43ae

    asked by

    (5)
  • Views
    4.3K
  • Last Activity
    1409D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

8 Answers

2
691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on November 02, 2010
at 02:32 PM

It's natural. Just water weight and probably food mass in your stomach. If you are gonna measure your weight every day you should look at a moving average over time rather than stress about the day-to-day. Physicsdiet.com lets you track that way on the web.

Also the Hacker Diet (which doesn't follow Paleo principles but does have awesome weight tracking math formulas) shows a way to track your weight trending to make up for the changes in water and food weight with a paper and pencil. The first part is a simple way and then he gets into lots of detail of moving average formulas:

Here is a clip from the site:

Date      Day      Weight      Trend       Rung
----      ---      ------      -----       ----
                               173.6
  1       Thu       172.5      173.5         1
  2       Fri       171.5      173.3         1
  3       Sat       172        173.2         1
  4       Sun       171.5      _____         1
  5       ___      ______      _____        ___
  6       ___      ______      _____        ___

To compute the trend number, subtract yesterday's trend number (173.2) from today's weight (171.5): 171.5 ??? 173.2 = ???1.7

Next, shift the decimal point in the difference one position to the left, giving ???0.17. This number is rounded to one decimal place by looking at its second decimal place and adding one to the first decimal if it's five or more. Since the second decimal place is 7, we round the number to ???0.2. Finally, this number is added to yesterday's trend number (173.2). Since we're adding a negative number, the result is less: 173.2 + ???0.2 = 173.0

This result, 173.0, is entered as the trend number for the 4th. ---Pay attention to this trend number instead of the daily weight.

http://www.fourmilab.ch/hackdiet/e4/pencilpaper.html#PencilTrend

I notice my weight fluctuates more when I am good about eating my veggies which I think are heavier in the body. I've been tracking my weight using the trend number for years.

B2157bdf4a217ac943c41125d1a67845

(258)

on November 02, 2010
at 04:37 PM

Isn't that just a 10 day moving average?

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on November 02, 2010
at 05:52 PM

that is what it is. i think its a good way to get rid of the daily stress of seeing movements on the scale.

0
F8fa4b0809d3b74fcf0361c0d53b60c1

(911)

on November 03, 2010
at 08:30 AM

I always weigh myself first thing in the morning without clothes, to avoid intra-day fluctuations. As a once daily eater, my weight varies within a several-pound-wide band on a day-to-day level. Meal composition is a huge factor, water retention, intestinal baggage, plus some actual fat level changes depending on how caloric my last several meals were.

As suggested by others, look at a moving average instead of the daily measurement. You can also just look at yourself in the mirror, that's going to give you a much better idea of body composition than the scale. I judge my bodyfat content by which veins are showing on different parts of my body.

0
62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on November 03, 2010
at 05:18 AM

Are you weighing at the same time each day? If you weight only in the morning with only the same amount of clothes on and only before eating, then you may find less difference in weight, perhaps only a few pounds at most. (also depends on how recent you have used the loo..)

0
4495f515ea3c9a6b192efd5f90e2b05c

on November 02, 2010
at 11:40 PM

Many thanks for the support on this one, particularly to MikeD for the info and links. Sometimes you half have an inckling, but it really grounds it to see the advice from others in black and white

0
50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on November 02, 2010
at 05:45 PM

This is normal for me as well. Im often 3-5 lbs lighter in the morning than the night before. I just chalk it up to water weight and the meal that's in my stomach from the night before. Like Dave S says above, "weight is not fat". I look leaner, but my weight is around the same

0
Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

on November 02, 2010
at 04:26 PM

I think this is normal. I make a point of trying to weigh myself in the morning, post-ablutions, and I've noticed that on any given day my weight will fluctuate by a few pounds. It's the long-term downward trend that counts.

0
A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 02, 2010
at 02:54 PM

First off, congrats on the 16 pounds!

Weight is not fat. What you should be interested in is fat loss. Unfortunately, the easy thing to measure is weight. Weight varies by hydration status (retaining water, TOM) - which can be affected by salt, caffeine, hormones and diuretics. Food in transit is another factor.

Day to day fluctuations don't matter as much as long term results. And inches count more than pounds. If you really want to know how you're doing, get out the tape measure - or better yet - don't worry/stress about it. You are eating as healthy as possible - if the weight doesn't come off as quickly as you would like, are you going to change what you eat? Be healthy first - the weight should normalize. If you plateau for months, then consider tweaking it (cutting any neolithic cheats or lowering tuber/fruit/nut consumption).

0
835024d11405cbd5538554b11c357c3f

(8)

on November 02, 2010
at 02:26 PM

I am new to paleo - but my experience so far:

I put on 300g last week (weighed on Saturday) and when I weighed yesterday, I was down 1.2kg. I have totally cut out all sugars, grains, dairy etc... and was gutted! I'd like to know the answer to this too. ;) Good luck...

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on November 02, 2010
at 02:31 PM

AAAAAAAAAAAAA. 300 g ? The fuck ? Sorry girl but this is spooky.

835024d11405cbd5538554b11c357c3f

(8)

on November 02, 2010
at 02:45 PM

Uhm it's how we measure things in South Africa. Not everyone uses the same metric system as you? Your comment was pretty... anal. -.-

835024d11405cbd5538554b11c357c3f

(8)

on November 02, 2010
at 02:40 PM

What is so spooky about gaining some weight, even if it was only 300g? I lost 2.5kg, then gained, now am losing again...

835024d11405cbd5538554b11c357c3f

(8)

on November 02, 2010
at 02:48 PM

Also - those damn 300g mean a lot to me since I am insulin resistant and have PCOS. I am doing this diet 100% which is why it meant more than it would to others I guess. But anyhoo. I don't really care what your opinions are. ;)

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 02, 2010
at 03:01 PM

Sorry if I offended you - that was not my intent (just mis-guided humor). I've seen weights in pounds, kilos and stones before, but never in grams. I more used to seeing carb/fat/protein intake discussed in those quantities. I guess that's about 2/3 of a pound, so its not as insignificant as I thought. If you want, I will delete my previous comment (and this one).

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 02, 2010
at 02:43 PM

I think what he meant is, um, well, you are measuring your weight in grams? really? Wow, that takes anal-retentive to a whole new level!

835024d11405cbd5538554b11c357c3f

(8)

on November 02, 2010
at 03:19 PM

It's fine. This was my first post here, and I guess I should have expected people to 'jump' on me for petty little things - like grams. I merely said what I wanted to without thinking what others would think of my post and I guess that's why I took the comments to heart - they were unexpected. I meant no harm, nor did I mean to be "spooky" or anally retentive. God forbid. I am really trying - and I keep reading the things on the board almost every day - and haven't had the guts to post anything. But I feel alone - no one at home is doing paleo with me and I have no support. But ya. Stupid me.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!