Originally Posted by Blondie160
So I eat the same calories every day (around 1300), some days it will steadily drop and then others it will go up like a pound!!
I dont get it, its not TOM, sodium, water from exercise, dodgy scales, needing the toilet... so what is it and why does it stress me out so much!!
Whether or not it's TOM, you have hormone fluctuations day to day.
Whether or not you've eaten something salty, your sodium fluctuates day to day.
Whether or not you've sweated a lot, your water fluctuates day to day.
Whether or not you need to use the toilet, you have waste in your colon and bladder.
It's a balance. And the scale is only ONE tool. It's not even a very accurate tool, because it weighs weight... when we want it to weigh FAT. Weight is composed of much more than fat -- water and waste, for instance, which you already mentioned. It all changes day to day, even hour to hour.
If it stresses you out, there are a couple of options you might try.
Weigh less often. Once a month, maybe. If you are staying on-plan, you shouldn't see a gain, so weighing less often will just tell you how much you've lost (or stayed the same).
Weigh more often, like daily. I do this. This allows me to see the daily variations for what they are... variations. As long as I stay within a 2-3 pound range (or lower!), I know I haven't actually gained any fat. Some daily weighers put their weight in a spreadsheet and look at a seven-day average as a closer approximation of their "true" weight for that day.
Change to a different measurement. Use a tape measure and measure your body size rather than your weight. Use a log to show you how much fitter you are and able to exercise longer than you could last month. Use how your clothes are hanging on your body, or the need to buy smaller sizes, to determine that you're tightening up and slimming down.
The scale is only one tool, and it measures your whole weight.
Don't let it stress you.