Does anyone else have a love/hate relationship with the scales? Do you weigh every day or keep to a strict weekly weighing routine? Do you have to stop yourself from jumping on the scales at every opportunity? Or, do you simply avoid the scales altogether?
We all know it’s so exciting to see how great we are doing when trying to lose weight and just can’t wait to jump on the scales to see if all our hard work has paid off. Then, Wham! you get up in the morning and straight after that first visit to the toilet, you jump on those scales and cry “No way, what is going on, they have gone up by a couple of pounds since just yesterday!!”
You start to think “OMG what have I done?” You start questioning everything you did the day before, what you ate and drank, when you ate, whether it was hot or cold out, what time you went to bed, what could have affected your hard earned results so dramatically? You unrealistically conclude that the diet doesn’t work and all your hard work has been in vein! And now to top it off you are in a rotten mood; all because of a number on the scales, which is now dictating how good or bad your day is going to be. Sound familiar?
But let me tell you a secret that not everyone knows about…
Weight fluctuations, whether they are up or down they are perfectly normal and happen to everyone. They can be caused by many different factors, such as what you have eaten, excessive salt intake, water retention, constipation as well as hormonal changes. These fluctuations do not come from body fat and can be water, waste products or other substances that are only temporarily present in your body and can cause a temporary weight increase of up to 5 pounds a day.
Yes, I know it`s scary but as I have said, it is perfectly normal as your system is processing the foods, fluids and salt that you consume. These will all contribute to your weight, even if you have eaten more that you should, your true body weight should not show significant increase overnight. Actual true weight gain/loss is a process that occurs over a longer period of time.
Just to show you how dramatically the scales can alter, I took on a challenge myself to weigh each day and report the findings. This was a challenge and a half I must tell you, as I never weigh myself. I usually gage my body weight by how my clothes fit, but as you can see my weight was up and down like a yoyo; and I’m now aware that I do fluctuate regularly around 3-4 lbs. Today I am back at around 9st 10lbs, which is “my normal” for me.
- 01/02/20 – 9st 8lb 6oz
- 02/02/20 – 9st 10lb 6oz
- 03/02/20 – 9st 11lb 4oz
- 04/02/20 – 9st 10lb 8oz
- 05/02/20 – 9st 8lb 9oz
- 06/02/20 – 9st 10lb 8oz
- 07/02/20 – 9st 11lb 6oz
- 08/02/20 – 9st 11lb 2oz
- 09/02/20 – 9st 11lb 8oz
- 10/02/20 – 9st 10lb 6oz
- 11/02/20 – 9st 10lb 8oz
- 12/02/20 – 9st 11lb
- 13/02/20 – 9st 11lb 6oz
- 14/02/20 – 9st 11lb
- 15/02/20 – 9st 10lb
- 16/02/20 – 9st 11lb 2oz (I’m sure you are getting the idea!)
Understanding that these fluctuations are completely natural will help you understand the dynamics of your body, so if you are going to weigh daily, (and no this is not an excuse for you all to do so, as a weekly weigh in will give you a more accurate result ) just keep a track of the numbers by monitoring them so you get used to your own personal buffer and aren`t disappointed when you do see an increase because it’s likely it’s predominately just water.
I do need to point out that I am not on plan and have continued with my normal diet and daily activities such as bike riding each weekend and walking the dog 3 miles each evening. However, this little experiment does go to show that the scales do not tell the whole picture. Moreover, what the scales haven’t told you is how your health is improving, that you will have certainly lost inches, are enjoying dropping clothes sizes, people are starting to notice you are looking different, and you are gaining in confidence in yourself if only you would stop tracking the numbers so rigidly.
So, to sum up don`t take to heart what the scales are telling you, relax and once you understand how your body works your journey will be much more enjoyable!
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By Joanne Jones, Customer Care Advisor