Adrien Cotton, MASTER Menopause NOW!

Are Your “Fat” Days and “Thin” Days Real? Scale, Part Two

Weighing yourself can be motivating and depressing. Yet, did you know the number you see on the scale can change almost as quickly as you blink? All of the factors listed in this graphic, and more, contribute to our body weight.

As the Tony Robbins quote says, if you are weighing yourself day-in and day-out and don’t like the read out, what do the numbers really mean, why do they make you happy or sad and last what are you going to do about it?

 

Some scientists have studied subjects who weighed themselves every hour throughout the day. If you ever had the time to do that, you would see the big changes on the scale even from hour to hour. This is because so much goes into the number on the scale. All of the factors listed on our fun graphic above PLUS so many more determine the weight of your body at any given moment of the day. And, no, not all of it is based on your food intake or quality. 

Even if you haven’t been diligent – say, you spent a weekend at BBQs cheating all over the place – “it is not possible to gain 5 actual pounds in one day or one weekend,” says Dana Hunnes, PhD, M.P.H., R.D., senior dietician at UCLA Medical Center and adjunct assistant professor at the Fielding School of Public Health. “It is possible, though, to retain 5 pounds of fluid in the body, particularly if you have been eating super clean.”  

Experts will tell you to ignore the number you see on the scale simply because of the myriad of factors listed in the graphic. Instead they will caution you to take an average of the last ten or fourteen days. After that, do it again and again and review how that average is changing over time. That’s where the real truth lies.

Be on the lookout for the last in our series on the scale about how to approach your weight emotionally and with success.  And if you missed the first part of the series, learn more about if weighing yourself really works for weight loss here.

Happy Fit Day!

About the Author

More to Explore

Lighten Up Those Winter Blues
Healthy Lifestyle

Lighten Up Those Winter Blues

With spring just around the corner, we’re finally experiencing earlier sunrises and later sunsets, but the clouds and dreary winter cold still surround us. Ugh…

Read More »
Body Love in midlife is so important. Today is the day to start!
Living Your Best Life

Dear Body, Be My Valentine

A few years ago, a dear friend and colleague of mine, Dr. Christine Kiesinger, and I hosted a 4-part course called “Body Love.” Over 20

Read More »

"Fitness is the greatest gift you can give yourself."

Share this post with friends:

Feel Better, Gain Strength, and Uplift Your Confidence

Download Adrien’s FREE Wellness Blueprint with six tips to kickstart your journey toward lifelong wellness.

Enter your email to get FREE and exclusive access to community-only content! Unsubscribe any time.

What Should I Eat?

How to fuel our changing bodies

Friday, March 8, 2024
12:30 – 1:15 PM ET

Join women’s health expert Adrien Cotton, creator of MASTER Menopause NOW! to learn:

  • The best foods to support our bodies during hormonal shifts
  • Why to let go of the myth about calories in vs. calories out
  • How worrying about food choices can actually make you gain weight
  • The ONE food that can help manage cravings and support healthy weight management

Register for Webinar