Short term scale changes are never significant. The scale can really mess with your head. Especially when you know you’re doing all the right things to make the number drop, yet it still seems to fluctuate from day to day.
Please know this. The scale is not the end all be all marker of progress, and there are so many variables that can make it look like you’re actually gaining weight, when in fact you are still on the right on track. That is why we recommend periodically (every 2-4 weeks) getting an InBody Analysis. Our InBody can correctly identify the progress that you are making and ensure that you are losing fat and gaining muscle.
We don’t live in a vacuum, and our bodies are constantly being exposed to the elements so to speak, which will make for daily fluctuations. Sleep, or the lack there of, can cause temporary weight gain. Stress, hormones, food additives, highly processed foods and moderate food allergies (dairy and gluten) can all cause inflammation and temporary weight gain.
Rarely will our weight ever stay static, nor will it drop consistently day after day. There are days when it might stay the exact same, days when it might spike up as much as a few pounds, and days where it will drop. It is rarely related to your last workout or the last thing you ate.
It’s all completely normal, and the faster you can shift your mindset and learn to accept these minor variations as normal, the easier it will be for you to stay calm if you do choose to use the scale as a tool.
So the next time you hop on the scale and find yourself feeling frantic because you see the number has spiked, run through some of these situations and see if any apply. Chances are, at least one of them will and then reset and keep following the fundamentals.
-Full Body Strength Training 2-3 x per week
-Interval Cardio or H.I.I.T. 1-2 x per week
-Limit you grains, dairy and alcohol intake
-Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water daily
But we can promise one thing, you did NOT gain pounds of fat overnight.