You’re finally working towards your weight loss goal. Things are going well. You’re exercising, eating smarter and feeling in control…until you get on the dreaded scale and notice you’ve gained weight. Have no fear, this happens to all of us at some point. It would be easy to let the numbers lead you astray. Don’t let it. There are a number of reasons your weight fluctuates on a daily basis:
Our ability to hydrate varies on a daily basis. How much or how little we hydrate will make a difference on the scale in either direction.
Ingesting a high sodium meal will keep the number on the scale artificially high. Continue rehydrating to flush out the water your body has retained. Give it some time, eventually it will be out of your system and reflect on the scale.
Urine and waste can add unwanted pounds on the scale. Try emptying out before weighing yourself.
You’re probably retaining more water than you would in cooler weather. It’s especially important to drink more when it’s hot so don’t let the higher number dissuade you.
Weighing yourself after exercise
Exercise will cause your weight to go up or down, depending upon your hydration habits. You can lose several pounds based upon how much you sweat. As soon as you hydrate, you’ll regain the water weight you lost from sweating and maybe more.
Hormone changes in women
PMS and bloat will take that number higher. Maintain a good hydration level to flush out the extra fluid.
Considering the variables, how often should you weigh yourself? It’s fine to weigh yourself daily if you don’t let the weight fluctuations mess with your emotions. If you find it is, trying weighing yourself once a week. But make sure it’s at the same time of the day to ensure greatest accuracy. If you prefer not to weigh yourself at all because it’s too overwhelming, that’s fine too. You can use the mirror and or your clothes to monitor progress.
Keep in mind, weight loss is not a linear process. Some weeks you’ll lose more than others or not at all. It’s important to stay on your weight loss plan despite the ups and downs. If the scale is generally trending downward, then you’re doing something right. Keep going and don’t let the numbers fool you.