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5 Things That Can Affect The Number on The Scale

If you religiously live by the scale, you've probably noticed that your weight can (and will) fluctuate a few pounds. Women's Health gives us five reasons that the number on the scale may be up (or down) a few pounds:

  1. You were thirsty! Downing 16 ounces of any fluid can cause an immediate "gain" of 1 pound.
  2. You're backed up. Constipation can tilt the scale by as much as 2 pounds if it's been more than a couple of days since your bowels did their thing.
  3. You're going on vacation. To Thailand. The changes in air pressure can make you retain water on flights longer than 4 hours, which can show up as an extra 1 to 3 pounds on the scale.
  4. You ate the Chicken Kung Pao. Have a salty dinner and you could wake up 2 to 3 pounds heavier — your body retains water to dilute all that sodium.
  5. Aunt Flo's on her way. Hormone fluctuations in the 3 days leading up to your period can make you retain up to 5 pounds of water.
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Daylyn Daylyn 10 years
I always weigh after my mornign bathroom routine.
bizzybee bizzybee 10 years
Re: weighing - it's weekly for me. But more to stay within a certain range. Having to lose 10 lbs or more just gets to be overwhelming and daunting to me, so I stick with the scale to keep it real. Whatever works for you though. Each of us is unique.
bizzybee bizzybee 10 years
I didn't realize that Flo could be up to 5 lbs. That's good to know. I definitely get that sudden weight gain and coupled with the extra emotions ... oh my. Thanks for the 411 Fit!
Beth1122 Beth1122 10 years
I'm with you too JessNess. I don't care how much I weigh really, just more how I look and feel.
amangel amangel 10 years
JessNess that's a smart thing to do, too much weighing can only bring one down.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I have stopped weighing myself altogether. I only weigh myself when I have been really good at working out and notice a physical change that I am happy with
vronica346 vronica346 10 years
thanks pop this was really helpful!!!!!
lorioz lorioz 10 years
so these can be my excuses from now on!
Magica Magica 10 years
Aunt Flo??? :ROTFL:
LadyLibertine LadyLibertine 10 years
Many things i didnt know, very interesting
krisua krisua 10 years
Aunt Flo?! :D
DIGh DIGh 10 years
Wow thats pretty interesting. Also, if you are working out and checking your weight, it might go up because you are gaining muscle mass when working out. Therefore, checking your weight after a workout may not be quite accurate.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
yah, that's usually what i do too. i should have known aunt flo was coming because i somehow "gained" 5 lbs overnight.
cubadog cubadog 10 years
I try to make sure I weigh myself in the morning after I do the bathroom thing.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Boy am i happy to see the 5 pounds from PMS. I am trying to only use the scale once a week, in the morning, so the majority of these things are not there. If I way more often, the fluctuations discourage me _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
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