Why Does The Number On The Scale Fluctuate?

Let us all admit, we can let the number on the scale get the best of us. It is simply a tool of measurement. It is not reflective of how hard you work or your worth.

It is important to realise why the number on the scale changes. Here are a few reasons:

  1. You ate later than you normally do. Food takes time to digest
  2. You have inflammation. This can be from training or illness.
  3. You have a higher food volume in your stomach
  4. You had a different level of water or sodium. This in turn can cause water retention.
  5. You have eaten more cars than normal. More carbs relates to more glycogen which equals more water in your body.
  6. You drank alochol.
  7. You have fluctuating hormones, for women, this is especially during that time of the month.

When you feel like going mad over the number on the scale, just use it to help you progress, not to get over the top about it.

Also, note that you don’t even need to weigh yourself everyday. A couple of times a week is more than enough to track your weight and average.