When a new client comes on board and has previously struggled with having a scales-focused mentality, as a coach, it's my duty to educate them as to WHY these fluctuations happen and lessen the stress they are feeling around weighing themselves.
As I always say; when you UNDERSTAND something, it becomes much less daunting!
So, let's take a look at some of the reasons you may see the scales fluctuate....
So, as you can see, there are quite a few reasons why the scales can fluctuate, even day to day!
Heavy leg day? Hello inflammation!
Time of the month? Hello bloating & water retention! Hormones have a huge impact on the scales.
Eat a heavy-carb meal last night? You're full of glycogen & pulling more water into your muscles! A high sodium meal will also mean excess water retention in the body.
Digestive issues/feeling blocked up? Then it makes sense that the scales reflect the fact you have lots of food sitting in your gut!
Dehydrated? Fluid loss = drop on scales (not the good kind)!
Bad sleep? Feeling super stressed? Yup, you guessed it, scales will be up due to elevated cortisol levels.
Eating different meals one day to the next? With differing food volume going in, the scales will be much more likely to go up & down, if meals are more consistent / stay the same day to day, there will be less fluctuations.
Taking medication? Many medications can interact with the scales, so if you notice a spike when you've started a new pill, anti-biotic, or any other kind of medication, don't fret!
The scales don't tell us everything, but they're a useful tool!
Other things you may want to consider when weighing yourself is the time & frequency you weigh yourself.
Weighing daily = accurate & allows you to monitor fluctuations. Weighing weekly = much more inaccurate & doesn't show you a weekly picture.
If you weigh yourself at 6am with no food or drink in you, vs 6pm when you've trained, eaten, drank, been to work and whatever else, then you're going to be a completely different weight - a few kilos is very normal to gain throughout the day.
I hope this email helped you Nikki. And please, if you have any questions about scale fluctuations & why they might be happening to you, just reach out by replying to this email!