Reasons Your Scale Can Be Wrong About Your Weight Loss

The scale is a great tool for weight loss, but shouldn’t be the only one!

There are many variables when it comes to the consistency and reliability of the scale. 

I’m going to go through some reasons why the scale might not be showing you the true results of your weight loss efforts.

Read more: Measuring Weight Loss Without A Scale

You Ate Later Than Usual

Eating later the night before can affect your weight the next day. Your body hasn’t had the same time to digest your food and flush out the sodium, so you may be retaining more fluid than normal which can show up on the scale as weight. This ‘weight’ is just water weight and roughage in the gut, not fat. 

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You Had More Sodium Than Usual

Have you noticed you weigh heavier the day after having sushi? This is because sushi and its condiments, such as soy sauce, are high in sodium. This can cause water retention in the body which can mask your weight loss. Our body needs to keep its sodium-to-water ratio balanced to function properly, so it holds on to water if too much salt is consumed (Olsen, N 2018). If you are experiencing this, my advice would be to make sure you’re drinking adequate water and to exercise, as exercising lets the body sweat out extra water. 

Don’t stress if you wake up after a day of eating saltier food than usual and you’re a little heavier on the scale, this will go after you drink water, go back to your normal eating for that day and do your daily exercise.

You weighed in at night

Never weigh in at night! You will ALWAYS be heavier at night. You’ve eaten and had liquids all day which means some of that is still in your system, which means a heavier weight on the scale. 

Read more: Your Guide To Eating Out While Dieting

You are on your period

I know, you know this, but sometimes you step on that scale and it’s gone up and you rack your brain trying to figure out why EVEN THOUGH you’re on your period and YOU KNOW that’s why. It’s like our brains don’t want to believe it. But it’s fact!

The number of times I had to explain to my clients that the weight gain is not FAT it’s HORMONAL, yet they still were sceptical. I get a little triggered by this topic if you can’t already tell. It got to the point that I made a handout with the scientific facts about why and how we retain fluid during that time of the month. So on that note let me get my science hat on and explain...with the help of Wallis, M (2019) from Medical News Today.

“Progesterone activates the hormone aldosterone, which causes the kidneys to retain water and salt. Water retention can lead to bloating and swelling, particularly in the abdomen, arms, and legs. This can give the appearance of weight gain.”

*Mic drop*

This weight gain can happen before, during or after your period, so keep track of your weight during this time so you know for future reference.



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