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Scale Weight vs. Body Fat

Scale weight is -by far, the worst way of measuring fat loss. Most of your weight fluctuations are from volume of food eaten, volume of food in digestions, volume of waste eliminated, fluid shifts from sodium, hormones, urination, etc. Your lean body weight can fluctuate 5 pounds in one day on this protocol!

Try this experiment, compare your weight this evening to what you weighted this morning. Then see how much you weigh tomorrow morning. You will notice your weight drops close to 3 pounds while sleeping at night.

This is why I recommend a scale that measures body fat composition, better yet, get your percentage measured weekly with calipers from a qualified and practiced tester.

Instead of measuring daily, measure every few days, to allow enough time for body fat weight to drop significantly. Based on your size (height and weight) and what you burned on your first protocol, you are going to burn less then 3 pounds of fat a week. There's 3500 kcals in 1 pound of fat so unless your body required 3,500 kcals in expenditure on this protocol, you are going to lose less then 1 pound a day.

Most of your fluctuations are from the weight of the majority of your body which is lean body mass.

In conclusion...the scale sucks. Use a piece of clothing to measure if you need the reassurance.

Robin Phipps Woodall- founder of the Mind:Body Method and author of the "User's Guide to Dr. Simeon's hCG Protocol through the Mind:Body Method" discusses modern science as it applies to Dr. Simeon's hCG protocol. Robin has been in the weight loss industry for over 13 years and has helped hundreds of hCG protocol participants end dysfunctional and emotional eating as well as their stuggle with weight. Learn more at http://www.facebook.com/l/c0a72;www.mindbodyhcg.com, become a fan of Mind:Body Method on facebook, or join the facebook HCG Weight Loss Group. info@themindbodymethod.com


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  2. This post was so timely for me Jayme, i did not lose anything on the scale today - big goose egg! But you are right, 3 pounds of fat a week, all other things considered.... and that aint bad! I ilke the idea of using a piece of clothing... Happy Losing! ~Lis

  3. Thanks, Fay! How wonderful!

  4. Hi Lis,

    Yah, it's happened to me, too. Even a piece of clothing, really, isn't a true indicator simply because if you're retaining water, you'd feel bloated and your clothes would fit tighter. But it's an idea, anyway. :)

    My Mom sings the tune from Annie at me when I get discouraged, so I thought I'd pass it along: "Tomorrow, tomorrow, there's always tomorrow! Tomorrow is only a day away!"


  5. Thank you so much for your wise thoughts! I've been totally bummed today cause I only lost .4 yesterday on phase 1. You helped boost my morale and I will continue chugging forward in my weight loss goals :)


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