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lilmakirolllilmakiroll Member, Premium Posts: 92 Member Member, Premium Posts: 92 Member
Hello all- I was just wondering if this was normal. Yesterday I weighed in at 161. Today when I checked, I weighed 164 again! >.< Is that much of a fluctuation normal? Did I really gain that much weight in a day?? Also, I didn’t eat breakfast yet when I weighed myself yesterday, but I did today. Thank you!


  • L1zardQueenL1zardQueen Member Posts: 7,637 Member Member Posts: 7,637 Member
    Yep. It’s kinda normal.
  • creesamacreesama Member Posts: 75 Member Member Posts: 75 Member
    Eating would definitely have an effect, drinking something too. You could've had more sodium in recent meals, water retention could be up. Possible hormones causing fluctuations. Did you use the bathroom? Alllll kinds of factors. It is annoying though when that happens!
  • lilmakirolllilmakiroll Member, Premium Posts: 92 Member Member, Premium Posts: 92 Member
    Thank you so much, guys!! It makes sense how there’s many factors that could vary it... if only weight loss were linear! 😂
  • BarbaraHelen2013BarbaraHelen2013 Member Posts: 1,170 Member Member Posts: 1,170 Member
    It’s absolutely 100% totally normal!

    I have no idea what you ate for breakfast before stepping on the scale today, but imagine if you’d weighed before eating it - then got on the scale again with the food in your hands...would it surprise you that the food in your hand had changed the scale readout? So that same food in your stomach/digestive system has weight.

    All that plus the normal water weight fluctuations driven by hormones/sodium/climate etc etc.
  • amart4224amart4224 Member Posts: 22 Member Member Posts: 22 Member
    Yes, it's normal. Fluctuations like this are the reason I can't weigh myself every day. I have to stick to once a week so I don't get discouraged if I gain a little day-to-day.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 15,968 Member Member, Premium Posts: 15,968 Member
    Normal. Even at a smaller size, I've gone from 128.8 to 131.4 overnight, quite recently . . . and have seen much more extreme swings over the 5 years I've been calorie counting. One time my weight shifted by *6 pounds* overnight!

    This is a good read about reasons why this can happen:

    IMO a good rule of thumb: If you didn't do anything radical on the calorie side (like eat literally *thousands* of calories over *maintenance* calories), then quick changes on the scale aren't about fat gain/loss, they're about water retention or digestive contents.

    Water weight fluctuations - as you'll read in that article - are part of how a healthy body stays healthy. Digestive contents in transit - the residue that will eventually be waste - is a side effect of the foods we eat (higher fiber, for example, is more residue, but not more calories). Neither of those things are fat, so not worth worrying about.

    Best wishes!
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