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Obesity and Weight Management

Weight

05/19/2004

Question:

I finished exercising and got supper. A half an hour after supper I weighed myself and I weighed 148 or 149. I did nothing else but sit on the couch and go to bed. I got up and weighed myself the next morning and I weighed 141 or 142.

Why is there this much difference in my weight? I also have IBS if that may have anything to do with it.

Answer:

Fluctuations in body weight are due to changes in body water and water retention. It is often better to weigh yourself once a week rather than daily because body weight tends to fluctuate up and down from day to day.

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Response by:

Jaime  Ackerman Foster, MPH, RD, LD Jaime Ackerman Foster, MPH, RD, LD
Formerly,
Extension Nutrition Associate
College of Education and Human Ecology
The Ohio State University