My weight can't make up its mind!

Okay so I am losing weight SLOWLY. I'm on a 1200 cal diet which is working to help lose weight however I can jump on the scales a weight one weight and then the next morning I can weigh myself again and I have gained 3lbs over night and then lose it again in a day or two. Can anyone help me to stop this or explain why this keeps happening? I drink between 1.5 - 2 litres of water everyday!

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  • disneygirl626
    disneygirl626 Posts: 132 Member
    You should only step on the scale once a week and even then there will be discrepancies. Weight loss is not linear. Log your weight on here and look for a downward trend.
  • Maxematics
    Maxematics Posts: 2,287 Member
    Weight loss is not linear. Your monthly cycle, water retention, sodium intake, and a multitude of other factors can all show increases on the scale. Look at my weight for the last four weeks, especially the day I jump from 116.5 to 119 then back down within three days:

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  • GsKiki
    GsKiki Posts: 392 Member
    I would suggest you to weight your self once a month, or maximum once per week. Make sure it's always on the same day, same scale and same time. For example every first in a month, in the morning on an empty stomach.
    If you don't have a lot of weight to lose I would suggest focusing more on your fat percentage, and how your clothes fit.
  • ellieliam9796
    ellieliam9796 Posts: 38 Member
    GsKiki wrote: »
    I would suggest you to weight your self once a month, or maximum once per week. Make sure it's always on the same day, same scale and same time. For example every first in a month, in the morning on an empty stomach.
    If you don't have a lot of weight to lose I would suggest focusing more on your fat percentage, and how your clothes fit.

    I am 5ft 1 and 137lbs but can't seem to shift it and keep it off
  • samchez0
    samchez0 Posts: 364 Member
    Your body weight isn't going to be constant . many factors go into it such as water weight. Just keep going and don't focus so much on the scale.
  • lorrpb
    lorrpb Posts: 11,464 Member
    You are perfectly normal. My weight is rarely the same 2 days in a row. I fluctuate 1-3 lbs daily for 7-14 days between each recorded loss. I use happy scales phone app to track the tends. It really helps you visualize how your body reacts. My problem with weighing once a week is that it can miss your low days if you happen to weigh on a high day. Then you get stressed out thinking you're not losing when in fact you might have lost 2 pounds the day before or the next day. Try a few different approaches & see what works best for you.
  • callsitlikeiseeit
    callsitlikeiseeit Posts: 8,627 Member
    my weight fluctuates up to 5 pounds in a day.

    get away from the scale and only weigh once week.
  • retiree2006
    retiree2006 Posts: 951 Member
    This is the way it goes for most of us. It could be as simple as heavier sodium one day resulting in water retention. I always do the same, up, down, up, down, settle in at the lower weight. Then it starts again. Once I realized that's how it went, it didn't bother me!
  • ellieliam9796
    ellieliam9796 Posts: 38 Member
    This is the way it goes for most of us. It could be as simple as heavier sodium one day resulting in water retention. I always do the same, up, down, up, down, settle in at the lower weight. Then it starts again. Once I realized that's how it went, it didn't bother me!

    Wow! Thanks for the help! :smile:
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 48,494 Member
    You're not any different than anyone else when it comes to weight fluctuation. As mentioned weight loss isnt' linear. Doing the same thing one week and getting a result, won't always be the same the next week.

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  • cassieknights951
    cassieknights951 Posts: 48 Member
    I also weigh every day first thing in the morning. I find that if I eat too much veg I bloat and this causes a puns it 2 increase in the scales but on the whole Ive been lucky to maintain it lose daily
  • Christine_72
    Christine_72 Posts: 16,049 Member
    I was up 1kg (2.2lbs) from yesterday this morning. It's not fat weight, and I was expecting it, as yesterday I went way over in sodium. That 1kg is simply water retention and will be gone by tomorrow, and then the roller coaster will begin again :lol: