I’ve seen the scale cause more heartache and confusion with weight loss than just about anything else in the gym. I’m sure that I can speak on behalf of a number of personal trainers we HATE the scale because it can me so damn misleading.
BUT… even I admit it is a necessary evil in the fitness industry; especially for those just starting out.
Let me explain. When you, or just about anyone for that matter, starts out on a weight/fat loss journey the initial success of your journey is based on what the scale says AND that makes complete sense! You want to lose fat, so if the scale goes down that means you’re losing fat, right? Not necessarily but that is for another blog.
That is ONE way you can measure progress but it’s not the best way to measure success with your transformation and fat loss goals.
Why is it the scale when up when you started working out? Did you put on muscle in a few days? Are you bulking up and going to look like a man!? Ohhhh hell nahhhh….!
Really there are so many reasons why the scale fluctuates and this can range from water retention, monthly hormonal cycles (this can happen to men), changes in bowel movements, the list can go on so there are a lot of possible explanations.
With that said, here are the three most common reasons that I’ve seen from my experience.