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Don`t let the scales rule your day; they aren’t telling the whole story!

Does anyone else have a love/hate relationship with the scales? Do you weigh every day or keep to a strict weekly weighing routine? Do you have to stop yourself from jumping on the scales at every opportunity? Or, do you simply avoid the scales altogether?

We all know it’s so exciting to see how great we are doing when trying to lose weight and just can’t wait to jump on the scales to see if all our hard work has paid off. Then, Wham! you get up in the morning and straight after that first visit to the toilet, you jump on those scales and cry “No way, what is going on, they have gone up by a couple of pounds since just yesterday!!”

You start to think “OMG what have I done?” You start questioning everything you did the day before, what you ate and drank, when you ate, whether it was hot or cold out, what time you went to bed, what could have affected your hard earned results so dramatically? You unrealistically conclude that the diet doesn’t work and all your hard work has been in vein! And now to top it off you are in a rotten mood; all because of a number on the scales, which is now dictating how good or bad your day is going to be. Sound familiar?

But let me tell you a secret that not everyone knows about…

Weight fluctuations, whether they are up or down they are perfectly normal and happen to everyone. They can be caused by many different factors, such as what you have eaten, excessive salt intake, water retention, constipation as well as hormonal changes. These fluctuations do not come from body fat and can be water, waste products or other substances that are only temporarily present in your body and can cause a temporary weight increase of up to 5 pounds a day.

Yes, I know it`s scary but as I have said, it is perfectly normal as your system is processing the foods, fluids and salt that you consume. These will all contribute to your weight, even if you have eaten more that you should, your true body weight should not show significant increase overnight. Actual true weight gain/loss is a process that occurs over a longer period of time.

Just to show you how dramatically the scales can alter, I took on a challenge myself to weigh each day and report the findings. This was a challenge and a half I must tell you, as I never weigh myself. I usually gage my body weight by how my clothes fit, but as you can see my weight was up and down like a yoyo; and I’m now aware that I do fluctuate regularly around 3-4 lbs. Today I am back at around 9st 10lbs, which is “my normal” for me.

Week 1

  • 01/02/20 – 9st 8lb 6oz
  • 02/02/20 – 9st 10lb 6oz
  • 03/02/20 – 9st 11lb 4oz
  • 04/02/20 – 9st 10lb 8oz
  • 05/02/20 – 9st 8lb 9oz
  • 06/02/20 – 9st 10lb 8oz
  • 07/02/20 – 9st 11lb 6oz

Week 2

  • 08/02/20 – 9st 11lb 2oz
  • 09/02/20 – 9st 11lb 8oz
  • 10/02/20 – 9st 10lb 6oz
  • 11/02/20 – 9st 10lb 8oz
  • 12/02/20 – 9st 11lb
  • 13/02/20 – 9st 11lb 6oz
  • 14/02/20 – 9st 11lb

Week 3

  • 15/02/20 – 9st 10lb
  • 16/02/20 – 9st 11lb 2oz (I’m sure you are getting the idea!)

Understanding that these fluctuations are completely natural will help you understand the dynamics of your body, so if you are going to weigh daily, (and no this is not an excuse for you all to do so, as a weekly weigh in will give you a more accurate result ) just keep a track of the numbers by monitoring them so you get used to your own personal buffer and aren`t disappointed when you do see an increase because it’s likely it’s predominately just water.

I do need to point out that I am not on plan and have continued with my normal diet and daily activities such as bike riding each weekend and walking the dog 3 miles each evening. However, this little experiment does go to show that the scales do not tell the whole picture. Moreover, what the scales haven’t told you is how your health is improving, that you will have certainly lost inches, are enjoying dropping clothes sizes, people are starting to notice you are looking different, and you are gaining in confidence in yourself if only you would stop tracking the numbers so rigidly.

So, to sum up don`t take to heart what the scales are telling you, relax and once you understand how your body works your journey will be much more enjoyable!


Joanne JonesWant to win £10 of points? Tell us about your weighing habits, good, bad or funny! Our favourite three comments will be chosen on Monday 9th March 2020 at 4 pm! All three will receive £10 in points each.

By Joanne Jones, Customer Care Advisor

Comments on Don`t let the scales rule your day; they aren’t telling the whole story!
Irmela Johnston 05/09/2020 17:35
I find that weighing everyday might not help me lose weight but it helps in me not picking up weight! I know it is not for everyone however it os one tool that I use and know works.
Chatriona Hossack 17/05/2020 17:09
I do not own a set of scales and I am shielding at this present time, therefore I rely on a pair of trousers I bought in January which I could not zip up or fasten. I am glad to say I can do both now. I started Slim & Save on the 20th April .
Jo 03/05/2020 16:57
Your comments are so helpful. I’m just moving from another VLCD to this plan and found daily weigh-ins were completely throwing me off plan. I’d gain pounds out of nowhere and started to feel a sense of injustice! Having read your strategies, I think I’m going to try a monthly weight in...first of every month. I’ll try to experience the loss through how my clothes feel, how I feel in myself. Even a bad weekly weigh-in makes me feel wronged- there is no way I won’t lose in a week. It’s on! Good luck everyone.
Joanne Admin 09/03/2020 16:05
Thank you all for commenting on my Blog!

I hope my daily fluctuations have given you all a little more understanding into how our bodies work and that they are perfectly normal, so there is no need to panic if you are weighing a little too frequently ;)

Kindest regards,

Jo x
Lorraine black 08/03/2020 11:38
The scales broke so hubby went a nd bought a new set . Thanks for that. So the date is set for the diet to start. Monday morning kids off to school scales out OMG. How did i gagin that much. Now im questioning the scales .Are you accurate. Was it a new battery. Lets move it and weigh again the floor might be uneven. No the fact that my knickeres were getting snug should have told me a world of bad news . They are right . Dam you scales. But the kick i need chatting to my daughter she been on s&s for a short time and lost 27 lb so im looking to start s&s as soon as my packs arrive. Now where did my hubby go , must thank him for the now scales
Laura 06/03/2020 22:35
So at the risk of being controversial and unpopular I have an alternative/ reframed view of weighing and scales.......

I love what Jo has done a s it certainly does highlight those day to day fluctuations that can throw us off track.

However I do believe that just like there is a correct diet plan and fit for each individual, the sane is true for weighing habits.

Honestly - I do weigh everyday. I wish I didn’t and I wish I was less obsessed by it but for the reasons below it keeps me safe and in track..., recently I’ve been less panicking about the numbers and also taking into account how I look in the mirror but the reality is the numbers do matter otherwise was losing 15 stone so significant if numbers don’t matter??

Funnies??? I confess I have regularly weighed, gone to the loo and weighed again- we all do that right?? Will only weigh on one particular tiles on the floor, the results on other tiles don’t count! I’ve weighed after a shower just in case it made a difference lol

The truth for me??

It’s a lot easier to make lots of tiny changes and corrections along your journey rather than ignore the feedback and find yourself off course and miles of track and having to back track. Not keeping an eye and avoidance is how I got fat so start with.

There is of course argument around day to day fluctuations, but consistently stepping on the scale focus on TRENDS over a period of time and in response to changes.

It’s true you can’t spend all your time obsessing and focusing on what the scales say. (And this is one area I need to develop more confidence and balance) BUT you can’t spend your life driving with your eyes closed either.

For me weighing regularly keeps me safe, in touch with how I’m doing, accountable, informing my journey, a reason to keep planning. It gives me a focus and plan for the day.

The key is ensuring you manage wherever the result is and not allow it to define you or sabotage you. It’s merely an informant, you are still in control of your reaction and response.

My own experience is less frequent weigh in leads to avoidance and loss of accountability for plan and eventually derailment!!

I understand the reasons for not weighing everyday, not getting obsessed with it, but just like everything I strongly believe what is right for one might not be for another.

At this moment weighing everyday is maybe not the healthiest thing but it’s right for me so I’m happy to be scale shamed lol!
Claire P 06/03/2020 22:21
I don’t weigh myself anymore. Over many years. I have come to realise that those numbers are pretty meaningless for me and don’t reflect how I look and how I feel. Setting a goal of weight based on a point in time where my body was a completely different composition, and shape now seems silly. Weighing can both motivate and demotivate, and it can be dangerous to fixate. If it works as a motivational tool, great, but if you know that it can trigger a disappointment, then best to avoid. Looking and feeling better, a growing inner confidence, wearing clothes that fit better and feel less tight, can feel way better than a small shift in numbers of the scale. Try it, you might finally feel liberated!
Elaine 06/03/2020 15:39
I’m maintaining now but I used to weigh every Monday morning, just out of bed and always half asleep. One particular morning the puppy was desperate to go for a pee so picked her up then decided to weigh quickly first. Was horrified at the weight I had put on and almost went into melt down until I realized I had picked the puppy up but not put her down before stepping on the scales. That woke me up for sure !!
Eva phillips 06/03/2020 14:29
I am a slave to my scale. It’s mine and I refuse to let anyone else use it. Lol I find that if I weigh myself in the morning first thing, it does help my day. I also can see if it did go up I’ll know where I went wrong. Yes I know it can make me a monster on bad weigh ins. But I usually do extra better by drinking more water and doin a bit of exercise. I also am a kinda naked weigher! I will step on scale and if I think it should be lower, I’ll glance out window removed my pj’s and be stalkers in my kitchen!! Lol it does pay off most of the time. It’s slow goin but I am determined to get to my goal. It does help u learn what ur body can tolerate and what it can’t. The diet is fabulous and I’m off to a great start. I figure if I keep an eye on my weight even when I’m not dieting, it won’t get outta control again. I’ve made that promise to myself. Thanks slim n save for giving me hope again. Xx
Jo Hinkley 06/03/2020 10:45
I used to hide the scales and try to pretend my size didnt bother me.

Now I am s&s I weigh in on Thurs every week and feel so motivated seeing the number on the scales going down every week. If im struggling during the week I may have a cheeky weigh in on Sun or Mon to keep me going. I have never been so excited to get on the scales and see the numbers going down....

The scales are no longer hidden from sight they're my friend and im happier than ive been for a long time

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