Eyes vs Scale
- 06-13-2007, 05:23 AM
Eyes vs Scale
So I started a CKD last week, and since I did my weight has fluctuated wildly in a 3-4 pounds up/down range. I'm still a pound or so over my low from before I started BUT should I trust the digital hi tech self zeroing scale or the mirror?
(in Queensryche's words)
"I've always known that the mirror never lies"
cause honestly day by day in the mirror (and looking at vascularity, etc) I can see that I am still loosing fat. Its readily apparent in certain areas. Maybe I need to just take the longer term view and not pay attention to intermediate fluctuations (like with my 401k).
just wanted to share a source of my frustration
- 06-13-2007, 08:57 AM
Mirror all the way.
Not only is it a better tool for self accessment and gain but it is really a motivating factor (especially while cutting as I dont really like seeing the numbers go down [mentally] but when tightening up in the mirror its well worth it.)
I use scales probably once a week if at all and just to check it out, mirror daily (not in a lame guido way, Im just saying to track progress ya know... .)
- 06-13-2007, 08:59 AM
I feel your pain. I don't have a scale at home, but lately my vascularity and definition has been outstanding.
I went to the gym to check out how many lbs I've lost in the past month, and I'm actually +1-2lbs. I think I added some weight especially in my legs, which accounts for the difference (I have knee problems and just started working legs again in the past 1-1.5months and my legs look about 3X thier size from before then)
06-13-2007, 09:05 AM
I'm eating below maintenance calories, doing a good 1000 calories a day in the gym 7 days a week, and somehow its still at least short term going up again. Thats why its driving me nuts, but I do look better in the mirror.
I'm starting to think it may be water retention from creatine, plus water retention from eating too much salty bacon and sausage on the CKD
06-13-2007, 10:26 AM
Sometimes with that kind of diet, it takes some up to the third or fourth week before things start to really kick in. I wouldn't go with just what the scale says. I just finished a diet of that kind that went for 12 weeks. The first week my scale weight dropped down dramatically, but I knew this was just the loss of gastrointestinal bulk from the diet change. Then from about the third to 9th weeks, I lost scale weight through mainly fat without having to ever having to lower my calories. Overall, minus thirty pounds, from ~14% to 5-6% bodyfat, and gained strength. You can also get some fat calipers pretty cheaply to add another dimension to measuring your progress. And measuring in the mornings might help eliminate water retention throwing off the readings.
06-13-2007, 06:13 PM
You'll notice that REAL scales are very expensive. If you HAVE to go cheap cheap, at least get a decent analog scale.
06-13-2007, 08:50 PM
06-13-2007, 08:52 PM
The GI tract is an evil mistress and can easily sway scale numbers. The mirror is marred my personal misconception, just keep workin.
06-14-2007, 09:04 AM
<--- Physicist in me talking...
06-14-2007, 05:01 PM
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