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Weight Fluctuations Are Normal

Don't Stress Over Weight Fluctuations

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.

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Tiger_Lily Tiger_Lily 9 years
recently my weight began to fluctuate it's... annoying :| makes me feel pretty insecure about my ability to lose the weight i gained since my army service began..
Spectra Spectra 9 years
My birth control pills make me gain water weight like crazy, so I KNOW that my weight fluctuates pretty regularly. I only weigh in once a month or so...usually right after my period so I get the most accurate reading. I always weigh in after peeing and pooing in the morning (THAT really lightens the load, so to speak) and I try to not freak if my weight fluctuates a few pounds here and there.
audkem01 audkem01 9 years
I always weigh myself, I was a chubby kid and I like to keep myself in check..----Yeah I got issues.
lana7128 lana7128 9 years
i needed to hear this today! :) thanks!
Emmakatie Emmakatie 9 years
That was really interesting! I never knew that salt can cause fluid retention. Makes me feel a whole lot better and smarter!
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
I weigh myself every day in the morning before I do anything else (well, other than the morning pee). I'd rather do it daily than once a week because I know that my weight DOES fluctuate so much, so I like to see a gradual change over time, with constant ups and downs. I pay attention to the overall trend.
tibs457 tibs457 9 years
I hate to say it, but I'm not one of those kind of girls that weighs themselves every day, or ever, really. I obviously have days where I feel fat, and days where I feel...less fat/skinny. I can tell when I've gained weight and when I've lost weight because my tummy will shrink or grow quickly. Not sure whether that's a good thing or a bad thing! Also can tell if the waist of my pants or the legs of my pants are tighter. eek!
teacherturtle1 teacherturtle1 9 years
i just posted on the salt article, but yes, salt helps to keep more water in the body. so more water, means more weight. but it's always important to understand that weight is not a very good way to determine one's health. sure if you are 50 pounds over weight, then it is a good idea to lose weight. but also remember.. say you workout, and you gain muscle mass.. muscle weighs more.. and well that is a good thing. but gaining muscle takes time, so fluctuations from day to day are no biggie.. probably the best thing is to find at what range in the BODY MASS INDEX (BMI/fat percentage)one should be in, and go from there. muscle weight=good extra fat weight=not good (some fat is good) i'm thinking of getting a new scale with a BODY FAT CONTENT MONITOR to keep track of my BMI
AMP AMP 9 years
I always weigh myself at the same time every day too. In the morning, right after I pee. Can't get any lower than that!
rpenner rpenner 9 years
I never weigh myself so I don't really think about it. But I definitely notice it around that time of the month.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I know it can change during the day, so I don't take it too seriously. I can tell my clothes are fitting looser anyway, whether I weight a pound more or less according to the scale. I'm eating healthy and trying to do more exercise so I see no point in freaking out about it so much.
facin8me facin8me 9 years
I'm the worst around that time of month...I'm pretty short (5'2), but I always gain five pounds of water weight before I get my period. It's so bad my husband can actually see it on me. :(
wren1 wren1 9 years
Thanks you for explaining this. I have wondered about it! I think my main fluxes are from water and salt.
merymery merymery 9 years
I don't like weighing myself - too stressful. I just look in mirror and try on my skinny jeans haha
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I always weigh myself first thing in the morning. that way i'm consistently doing it the same time. I had my wisdom teeth pulled yesterday (it was spur of the moment, way too painful) so all I ate ws a bowl of soup and a milkshake. I was so medicated I wasnt even hungry. I weighed myself this morning and was down 1.5 lbs. While at first I was like YES, then I was like I need to EAT!! I'm starving but can barely fit a spoon in my mouth!! This sucks
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Thanks fit!
LeLeBabii5 LeLeBabii5 9 years
"that time of the month" can bite me.
syako syako 9 years
yea I loved the 14,000 calories while sleeping bit too :rotfl:
almostloli almostloli 9 years
"well unless you consumed 14,000 calories while you were sleeping." LOL. hahahhahah :D
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
my weight fluctuates all the time... unless i gain 10 pounds in a day, i dont really care :P
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Now I feel better, hahahaha.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
I get so mad at my friends/mom when they're like, omg, I gained 2 pounds since yesterday! I always try to convince them it's just water weight, but they don't want to believe it b/c they feel good when they lose the same 2 pounds just as easily. I'm 5' and gained 10 pounds when I started on the pill and didn't go up a dress size, impressive right? lol
gigi123 gigi123 9 years
I think its so much easier to say "don't sweat it" when we as a society are so critically of not only ourselves but others when we don't fit an image that we personally can accept. A person may weight a satisfying 140lbs & have less than 25% BMI and "look okay" ---her family friends and guys think so---but she doesn't feel okay because in her mind she needs to lose more weight. It'll be up to the person themselves to feel very secure and accept that they are ok.
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