We’ve all been there – we weigh ourselves one day, and we are light as a feather; the next, we have somehow managed to stack on some pretty impressive pounds. Don’t freak out. Our bodies are incredible things and there are many factors that affect the reading on the scale each day. This list is here to help you remember those factors that could potentially be screwing with you- and to assure you that NO, you did not gain a pound of fat overnight, darling.

FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE YOUR WEIGH IN ON A DAILY BASIS

THE AMOUNT OF FOOD YOU EAT

By the above, I am not referring to caloric intake, or that having that ice cream cone is going to make the scale rocket. I’m talking about the actual SIZE of your meal. This can actually have an immediate affect on your weight.

GOING TO THE BATHROOM

Awkward, but it’s true. Until the waste has left your body, it will affect the number on the scale.

SODIUM INTAKE

Intaking a large amount of sodium causes water retention and can definitely affect the scale.

EXCESSIVE CARB INTAKE

Excessive carb intake can cause a large amount of water retention as well- that’s why we often see the scale spike after the holidays. You can’t gain that much fat in such a short period of time. Get back on your daily routine, and you will see your weight return back to your average.

 WATER INTAKE

Yup- water intake can affect your scale, but probably not in the way you think. You may have noticed that many of the above mentioned factors have something to do with retaining water, and might think that you should drink less. FALSE. First off, more than 50% of your body is made up of water, and it NEEDS water to function. Second, the less water you drink, the more water your body will retain. It’s true- that’s why if you drink more water, your body has an easier time letting some of it go- allowing you to weigh lighter on that scale!

THE SCALE

While this has nothing to do with your body itself- the type of scale you use can affect the numbers shown at weigh-in. Many scales are calibrated differently, and therefore will not show the same numbers as one another. It is important that you use the same scale every day for your check-ins to ensure that you are getting an appropriate reflection of your weight.

WHAT (IF)….

What if you now realize that body composition and water weight are two different things? What if you are now capable of letting go of the guilt of eating that piece of chocolate, or two, without thinking that your scale reflects gaining fat. What if you can now avoid getting caught up in stressing over your day-to-day weight fluctuation, and live stress-free. I hope that I was able to make all of these things possible with today’s post about what causes daily weight fluctuation

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