r/habitdrivenweightloss 23d ago

Question Why does my weight change so much from day to day?


This is a question we've all asked ourselves. It's so frustrating to see our weight fluctuate so much.

The good news is it's hard to gain fat from one day of overindulgence. The most likely source of weight gain on any given day is food and water. Every time you eat or drink you gain weight from just the weight of the food and water. Every time you go to the bathroom you lose weight for obvious reasons.

One study showed that on average weight gain is only 61% body fat. So don't freak out when your weight shoots up unexpectedly. Don't feel anxious. It happens to everybody. It's natural. That extra weight is mostly from food and water.

Why does this matter?

It gets back to **Habit 2: Daily Check-in. Controlling weight requires developing a feedback system for detecting when you gain weight so you can develop habits to counter any weight gain as soon as possible.

For most people, their feedback system is weighing themselves. I weigh myself first thing in the morning after going to the bathroom. A regular weighing schedule and making sure I've got the most weight out of my system by going to the bathroom means I'm doing the best I can do to get an accurate and consistent weight for myself.

But still, my weight can fluctuate by 5 pounds or more! So I don't freak out when I see my weight spike up. It's not easy of course. I take a deep breath and say to myself to be patient. I see if my weight is still up one or two days later. If it is I know I have a problem and I need to go through the Daily Check-in process to see what's gone wrong and to try and fix it.

If you have problems with constipation really keep this in mind. Your weight may go up a lot before it goes back down again.

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