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There are times that I step on the scale at night after getting ready for bed just to see if I've gone up a pound or two from what I've consumed all day and for the past couple of weeks, the scale hasn't budged. I mean, sure, I'm not complaining and all, but could my scale be wrong? When I step off it, it goes back down to zero and isn't below or above the zero at all..... Weird.

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I'm not sure exactly what you're eluding to but my weight can fluctuate quite a bit throughout the day. I've noticed the same thing as you too but I've also noticed that it goes away after a BM. Sorry for TMI!
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IMO, scales are only good for noticing longer term trends in weight. I would really not bother weighing more than once a day. Really, once a week, and look at the weights over the course of a month or two to get anything meaningful. And, even then, if you are near a healthy weight, you don't necessarily have any information that is useful. You could be working out hard for a month, lose 5 pounds of fat but gain 5 pounds of muscle. A net change of zero, but your dimensions will be different.

I have an unhealthy relationship with the scale, so tend to not want to use it much!

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I'm not sure exactly what you're eluding to but my weight can fluctuate quite a bit throughout the day. I've noticed the same thing as you too but I've also noticed that it goes away after a BM. Sorry for TMI!
I've just heard and read that you can gain a 1lb or 2lb during the day after all of the food that you've consumed. I don't weight myself daily - maybe twice a week. This was just out of pure curiousity.

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Remember that a scale is very limited. What if you lost a bunch a fat while building muscle, but you gained a pound. And then you drank a half quart of water so you weighed a pound more? I would rather have the muscle and water than be lighter on the scale.
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I'm not sure exactly what you're eluding to but my weight can fluctuate quite a bit throughout the day. I've noticed the same thing as you too but I've also noticed that it goes away after a BM. Sorry for TMI!
Yup. My weight used to fluctuate up to 3-4 lbs a day. More at night of course and I'd weight the least in the AM, after a BM. Now I only fluctuate 2 lbs at most, I'm assuming because I have several BM's a day now instead of just one. Sorry if that's TMI. But seriously, output has a lot to do with your weight.

I try to only weigh myself in the AM because I would obsess otherwise.
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