If you're someone who weighs yourself daily, then you know that our weight is hardly static. If you weighed 130 before you went to bed and then 134 in the morning (after you pee) this does not mean you gained four pounds overnight. Well, unless you consumed 14,000 calories while you were sleeping. So don't sweat it and take a look at the common reasons for day-to-day weight fluctuations:
- Drinking water: Two cups of water weighs one pound, so if you've been busy hydrating yourself then you'll definitely see an immediate and temporary gain in your weight.
- Not drinking water: Not drinking enough water actually causes the body to retain fluid, which can also lead to a temporary weight gain.
- Eating and drinking: Food and drinks have a weight too, you know. Just as you wouldn't stand on the scale holding a box of Girl Scout Cookies, nor should you weigh yourself after eating one. Wait until your body has had time to digest before stepping on the scale.
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- Salt: Taking in too much sodium is a sure way to cause the body to retain water, which can cause a temporary weight gain.
- Exercise: Exercise can result in an immediate weight loss from sweating and dehydration. This is why many people like to weigh themselves after working out. Remember that if you don't rehydrate your body will start to retain water.
- That time of the month: Most women know that weight gain that can occur before menstruation due to water retention — it too is temporary and will pass.
I like to weigh myself at the same time each day to avoid hitting all these fluctuations at once, at least then I have a benchmarking point.