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Old 12-08-2013, 03:20 PM   #1
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Default Need some pointers, Starting Training back up.

So for those that don't know I took a weeks break from my training, I think, and now I'm ready to get back on it. I just need a few pointers.


Its a diet issue.

One of the reasons I took the break was to

I'm not sure how much to eat anymore.

Its absolutely impossible to judge it.


For example btb told me to aim for 2 pounds a month now.

The problem is I never know weather I've gained that 2 pounds, and recent measurements suggest I've put on less than I should have.


The reason for this is food is pretty much always in my system, which can easily put 1, 2, 3 maybe 4 pounds onto my weight.


The measurements allow me to judge weather I should be eating more, or less food, based on weather I've gained more than 2 pounds a month, or less.

But I never know and that's the problem.

Here I am thinking I'm on track, that I gained my 2 pounds that month, when in reality Iv'e gained less and need to eat more.
Or perhaps the the food in my system made it look like I put on more weight than I shouldv'e done, and in that case I need to dial it back on the calories.


Basically I don't want to be over eating or under eating. I just want to be eating enough to gain 2 pounds a month like Steve told me to do.

And the only way to judge that is by weighing myself, which can be off set by a king shot



How do I go about combating this?


Cheers guys


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Two points stand out from what you've asked and the information you gave:

1) You don't weigh yourself, therefore you don't have a scale: if you had a scale you would know how much you have gained.

2) You feel there should no food in your system at all to check your weight: everyone, without exception has food in their system when they weigh-in, weekly.


It really isn't complicated but it can become complicated...just weigh yourself weekly, whatever the scale says, is your new weight, that's all there is to it.
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1) You don't weigh yourself, therefore you don't have a scale: if you had a scale you would know how much you have gained.
I weight myself with a scale every week in the morning.

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2) You feel there should no food in your system at all to check your weight: everyone, without exception has food in their system when they weigh-in, weekly.
That's a very good point, I didn't think of that.

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It really isn't complicated but it can become complicated...just weigh yourself weekly, whatever the scale says, is your new weight, that's all there is to it.

Simple. Can't believe I didn't realize those things.

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uncertainty of individual weighins does not matter at all, the change over time of your average weight is what matters.

You could be weighing on 3 consecutive days:
70.4
71.4
69.8

Assuming the uncertainty doesn't change too much (which basically means your diet doesn't change too much) your measurements would still be as follows if you are 2 kg heavier weighing yourself 3 consecutive days:

72.5
73.3
71.8

Or if you know a thing or two about statistics. Standard deviation decreases by the root of the number of measurements. If the standard deviation of your weighins is say 2lbs. The average result of 4 weighins would be 1lbs etc etc. This again tells you that individual fluctuations do not matter as long as your AVERAGE bodyweight increases.
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uncertainty of individual weighins does not matter at all, the change over time of your average weight is what matters.

You could be weighing on 3 consecutive days:
70.4
71.4
69.8

Assuming the uncertainty doesn't change too much (which basically means your diet doesn't change too much) your measurements would still be as follows if you are 2 kg heavier weighing yourself 3 consecutive days:

72.5
73.3
71.8

Or if you know a thing or two about statistics. Standard deviation decreases by the root of the number of measurements. If the standard deviation of your weighins is say 2lbs. The average result of 4 weighins would be 1lbs etc etc. This again tells you that individual fluctuations do not matter as long as your AVERAGE bodyweight increases.

Ahh I see, that makes sense, surprised I never thought of it this way, it makes things so much easier.

Thanks allot man.
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