Monday, February 23, 2004

Truth, Get Stomach and Wings

(I'll cover this as delicately as I can, but the faint of heart may wish to surf elsewhere.)

I weigh myself every morning, and in interest of establishing an accurate baseline weight, I try to do under identical circumstances each day—that is, immediately upon awakening, before taking any food or drink but after attending to my morning necessary.

So here's the thing: On a couple of occasions, I've weighed myself before voiding, and then again immediately afterwards—without eating or drinking anything in the interim—and in both cases have been measurably heavier after elimination than before.

This is, to say the least, counterintuitive.

What's going on here? The only explanation of which I can conceive involves the buoyancy of intestinal gas, but it would have to be sufficient to counteract and exceed the weight of the solids. Can this be possible?

I am concerned. Does this buoyancy mean that, when I have reached my goal weight, I will have to tether myself to a some stout object whenever I eat Mexican?

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