Body Weight + Water Consumed = Body Weight + Weight of the Water Consumed

It doesn’t matter how many times I say this.  It is not always obvious that the weight of what you put into your body will increase you weight by that same amount.  If you weigh yourself after drinking a 1 pound (16-ounce) bottle of water, guess what?  You will weigh 1 pound more than you did before you drank it.

One of my group members needed to prove this for herself.  At the end of our meeting, after finishing her water bottle, she stepped on the scale and . . . her weight had increased by the weight of the water she drank during our time together.  Even after hearing the logic, she still needed to see it.  When she did, she was still surprised.  We had a good laugh, and it made an impression.

This is important to remember.  It is not that I want everyone to make sure they don’t eat or drink anything for hours before they weigh in.  I just want them to UNDERSTAND what is being weighed on the scale.  Yes, it weighs your fat stores, but it also weighs your fluids, any food that has not yet finished the digestive process, clothes, glasses, watches, . . .

Body weight “wiggles”.  It drives many people crazy.  If you cannot stand the wiggle, please don’t weigh yourself too often.  Even though I have hopefully convinced you that weight does normally wiggle, many people will still be emotionally affected by the number.  It is just so darned . . . hmm . . . factual.  But what is the “fact”?  All it really means is that you weigh that number at that time, with those clothes, after a certain amount of time since you last ate or drank, etc.

There are lots of things that wiggle more than  the weight of your fat stores, and all of those things will make it more difficult to see what your fat stores are actually doing.  Over time the trend will make sense.  If you improve your habits over time, the wiggle will simply wiggle at a lower weight range.

Sorry, black and white thinkers.  I know this is a difficult concept for you!

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5 responses to “Body Weight + Water Consumed = Body Weight + Weight of the Water Consumed

  1. We humans, we are funny creatures. Yes I confess I’ve been here with the scale and probably return to the scale #’s rather than how I feel in my clothes and my body.

  2. True, true . . . we are really very interesting creatures. I am sure no other animal even thinks about these things! My dog certainly looks stress-free.

  3. I just found this quote. It really sums up the scale issue for many people:

    “A state of affairs which leads to daily vexation is not the right state.”
    – Goethe

  4. Anonymous Blogger

    What might be one of the best times for a person to weigh themselves, would it be first thing in the morning or sometime during the day?

    • I believe it is most accurate first thing in the morning, before eating or drinking and without clothes. Then it is controlling for variables like differences in your food intake day to day, fluid you may have just consumed, differences in clothing weight, etc.

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