What Causes Weight To Fluctuate ?

What Causes Weight Fluctuations?

Reasons Why Your Weight Fluctuates Daily

Your weight can fluctuate up to 5 to 6 pounds per day. It all depends on what you eat, drink, and exercise, and how much you sleep. You might make it a habit of checking your weight every morning, and you’ve come to notice that it’s up and down like a rollercoaster. It is entirely normal for weight to fluctuate. But this can be problematic in your weight loss journey. When you don’t see the number on the scales going down, you make it mean that it’s too hard, or reinforce your thought that nothing works and give up.

So instead of sabotaging your weight loss journey, get some clarity as to why this happens, and make decisions from an informed place. I assure you, it definitly helps to know this stuff and keep you on track to feel good in your own skin.

Hydration and Weight Loss

If you’re drinking the advised amount of water (2 liters), this will show on the scale. Two cups of water weight are equal to one pound, so whether you’re drinking too much or not enough, it will show. It would help if you remembered that 50-60% of your body weight is water, and the foods we eat make it depend on the water we retain. More salty foods in your diet have a sponge-like effect on your cells, so you’re more likely to retain more water than usual.

How You Weigh Yourself

If you’re jumping on the scale at any time of the day, you can’t expect it to be the same every time. It doesn’t work like that. It depends on the floor that you’re putting your scales on (they should be on a hard surface, not soft), how you’re standing, and the weight on both of your feet. Consider the clothes you are wearing. I like to weigh myself first thing after a washroom stop in the morning. It is now just habit.

How Hormones Affect Weight Loss and Fluctuations

Your menstruation cycle can cause weight fluctuation. Weight gain doesn’t always have to do with exercise or calories. There are also other hormonal problems such as thyroid and insulin imbalances. Another culprit of weight fluctuations regarding hormones is leptin, also known as the “fat hormone”. It is released into your body, which then tells your brain that you’re full.

But if we eat too much fructose (which is found in fruit and processed foods), these messages to your brain from Leptin are turned off. Not being able to experience the feeling of fullness leads to overeating and storing the extra food on our body as fat.

The Scales

You might have noticed a big jump in weight if you weighed yourself before going to the doctor and then weigh yourself again in the doctor’s room. Every scale you use will differ, but the digital type is more accurate. It is helpful to always remember to zero out your scale before jumping onto it – this will give you a more precise reading.

Stress Overeating and Weight Gain

Whatever troubles you’re having in life, we all experience it. The stress hormone, known as cortisol, is a great enemy when it comes to weight gain. It rises and encourages our blood sugar to convert into fat for longer-term storage and an increase in weight. If you’re feeling stressed, you’ll become more likely to binge. Be kind to yourself and come up for air. Identify you are experiencing stress and be proactive by taking action to reduce it. Getting outside, spending time with friends, hugs, music, writing your thoughts down and exercise are just a few ideas to try.

When You Weigh Yourself

The best time to weigh yourself is usually the morning. You’ve had a good night’s sleep, and your stomach is empty (unless you had a big, late meal the night before). Whereas, if you weigh yourself in the evening, all of the food and drink you’ve had will show on the scale. Although, if this is the case, you can always brace yourself, so it’s a little easier to take. It has been proven that people who weigh themselves everyday are more likely to keep weight off. So making it a habit would be a good idea in your weight loss journey.


Medication is there to help us with things that our body can’t do on its own. Still, many medications such as opiates, anti-inflammatories, and antihistamines can cause dramatic weight loss. Other medications like antidepressants, insulin, and some anti-epileptic drugs can cause the opposite effect and make you gain weight.

Your Coffee

It might be the first thing you do when you wake up. Going to the kitchen to make yourself a fresh cup of coffee is what gets you through the morning. Caffeine is known to quench your appetite as well as burn a couple of calories. However, if you’re consuming a high-calorie and high-fat drink, this might push your scale the opposite way.

Adding Too Much Salt

We all know that too much salt is bad for your health. Well, it’s the same for your weight. If you add too much salt, it can cause you to retain more water which can cause a rise in weight. You’re more likely to eat more processed foods and snacks too, which can cause an impact on your weight also.

What to Make It Mean When Your Weight Fluctuates Daily

The number on the scales is neutral. It is what you make it mean that can become a problem in your weight loss journey. Why not make it mean something that will serve you to keep taking action to fit in those favourite pair of jeans. Try something like I will keep making good decisions for me and my health. If you ARE making good decisions and the number is not moving after 3 weeks then you may need to take a look at what you are eating or get some expert advice. Schedule a FREE no-obligation call with me HERE and we can have a chat about your plan. If you are interested I will share some details about My Stop Overeating Program, where you can learn all the tools to see you enjoying your weight loss journey. For a sneaky peak at what the program entails click HERE.

Have a beautiful day.