So many things can be untrue when your diet revolves around hopping on the scale once or more per day. What you're wearing, what you ate, how much you drink, the kind of food consumed and even the time of day can affect that silly number. When it does appear your whole day can be put on a cloud when it's less or drive you through hell for seeing more.
I remember being in the office one day when "the ladies" were talking about their successes and failures regarding weight loss. My belief was that 5 or 6 of them had joined the local gym and revelled in the minuscule amounts of weight they lost. When the conversation switched to weighing themselves in ounces I had to step in and contribute my two ounces.
So you step on the scale every day because you need a reason to keep on going then the unthinkable happens. Uh, Oh, you see that you are 7 pounds heavier. You're shocked seeing three weeks of effort down the drain. You cheated only once or twice. How could this happen? Repeat this scene a couple more times and pretty soon you are asking yourself "Why bother?"
STOP weighing yourself every day!
Here are the variables you are dealing with when you weigh yourself daily.
These are for dieters only who add no additional physical activity to compound their rate of success:
1 - Don't confuse weight loss with fat loss, they are totally separate entities. Thanks to our kidneys water easily comes and goes. "FAT" not so much!
2 - Use the scale as an indicator of weight loss only, it does NOT measure fat and is waiting to trick you into thinking you aren't succeeding.
3 - Weigh yourself at the same time of day and under the same conditions. Please don't make me go into detail here?
4 - You would be amazed at how much water some carbohydrates and a little salt can hold onto. Exactly why Atkins type diets and paleo work so well is that they're protein rich.
If you add fitness with resistance training please know the following:
5 - Understand that muscle weighs considerably more than fat but takes up far less space. Therefore in a few months you could weigh the same and yet be much smaller overall. Your clothes will tell you all you need to know.
6 - It is recommended that you get a complete Muscle / Fat Analysis which includes your weight (preferably AM before eating), your skeletal muscle mass or SMM, body fat mass, your BMI (body mass index) and PBF, aka percent body fat. Body Weight is just a number, it's how you defeat your body fat percentage that is the telltale of success.
"The reason fat men are so good natured is
because they can neither fight nor run."
~ Theodore Roosevelt