The Truth About Weighing

March 6, 2013

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why does the scale seem to fluctuate so much? How can I gain 2 or 3 pounds overnight, even if I haven’t done anything to cause it?” You have discovered how fickle the scales can be. They never really tell the whole story. Did you know that an overcast or stormy day can actually add several pounds to the scale? Low pressure keeps water in your tissues, and since our bodies are mostly water, an overcast day can make us “gain weight”..that is, fluid that shows up on the scale. Did you know (well, at least most women do!) that hormones can add 2 to 5 pounds over a three to seven day length of time? If you have ever taken anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen, or steroid type drugs for allergies, don’t be surprised if the scale seems to jump up a little bit.  Anti-inflammatory or steroid-type drugs can cause temporary fluid retention, resulting in temporary weight gain. And just three shakes of the salt shaker, or 1/2 teaspoon, can add 1 pound of body weight. How? One gram of sodium can hold onto 16 ounces of water, and 16 ounces of water equals 1 pound. So that salty dinner at the local Japanese restaurant may explain why your clothes fit tighter the next day.

Don't worry; the scales never tell the whole story!

Don’t worry; the scales never tell the whole story!

So try not to obsess about the pounds on that scale. Remind yourself that your body’s weight is a combination of water, muscle, bone, fat and body any change on that scale is not just a reflection of fat alone. About 65% of our body weight comes from water, so most quick body weight fluctuations are a result of water changes only (and that holds true for quick weight loss, too). Don’t get on the scale more often than once a week, if that much. Concentrate on living well by balancing your fuel choices, drinking water, and moving your body. Enjoy the power that comes from taking charge of your wellness and health.  Don’t let a single number take that away from you.

2 thoughts on “The Truth About Weighing

  1. Yudha

    Just stumbled aocrss your blog and I am so glad I did, I too am on my own weightloss journey, well… about to be. Just got back my wedding pictures and found that I have literally lost my face – I don’t know if you know what that feels like. But it is nice to have other blogs going through the same thing, having someone to navigate with in some way shape or form is always great. Thanks love!

    1. Tammy Post author

      Thanks so much for commenting, and I hope the article was encouraging to you. We can give scales so much power over how we feel about ourselves, and a number just doesn’t deserve that. I wish you patience and courage on your weight loss journey!

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