*Body Weight Fluctuation 📉
As depicted by the graph above (a client’s body weight over a two week period – during dieting conditions), acute, short-term daily body weight fluctuations (gains and losses) are normal and can occur for a number of different reasons.
Many dieters are often disheartened when the scale does not indicate a reduction in body weight from day-to-day despite one’s best efforts i.e. strictly adhering to a dieting protocol and consistently partaking in physical activity/exercise.
Experienced dieters, however, are more accustomed to daily fluctuations and are aware that body weight loss is seldom linear and can unexpectedly fluctuate from one day to the next. Some of the possible factors that can influence body weight fluctuation are highlighted below:
As many of you will know, the key principle for fat loss to occur is to create an energy imbalance (calorie deficit) for a prolonged period. Once that has been achieved, body fat should decrease over time.
Take Home Message – if you are looking to lose body fat, daily body weight is ONE method to assess progress, but be mindful of minor, normal day-to-day fluctuations for the reasons described above.
If you do decide to choose this approach be sure to weigh yourself first thing each morning, post-void. Be consistent and calculate a weekly or bi-weekly average as opposed to comparing body weight on a day-to-day basis. A downward trend over weeks/months is generally a good indication of whether or not you are in a calorie deficit.
Please be aware that this is only one method to monitor progress. It may be worthwhile to consider alternative options, such as regular photos, tape measurements and skinfold measurements (by a qualified anthropometrist!) to assess progress, and not to solely rely on body weight alone.
If you would like further details regarding the avenues outlined above and how they can influence body weight please feel free to ask. Hope this helps! 😊