It’s important not to overreact when the scale doesn’t seem to move in the right direction. Try to keep in mind that there are many variables that can affect your scale readings. The reading might not reflect your actual weight. Here are some things that may affect the readings so that your weight may appear heavier:

• Time of Day: Weight at later times of the day can be 2 to 4 pounds heavier than in the mornings.
• Extreme Temperatures: hot weather can cause fluid retention.
• Moderate Exercise: Muscles hold water for a small period after exercise.
• Excessive Exercise: Pushing your body too hard can cause it to fight back by holding onto what it has.
• Dehydration: Not drinking enough water can cause your body to retain fluid.
• PMS: Fluid retention can last 7 to 10 days.
• Illness: The body may hold onto weight and fluids to help protect and heal itself.
• Medications: Some medications can affect weight loss progress.
• Stress: The body may try to protect itself by holding onto its weight during high levels of stress.

Don’t be discouraged! In fact, you should be ENCOURAGED! You know you feel better, fit into clothes better, and lost weight. You have decreased your fat mass at such times, but because of the extra water in your system, the scale just doesn’t show it.
Stay focused on your weight loss goal and you will continue losing the weight!