We all jump on the scales from time to time, some more than others, but please do not get obsessed with it! For most, checking now and then is piece of mind you're not over-doing things, but when people are actively trying to get leaner, its the first thing they turn to when checking their progress. Some clients I've had check it every day! No! No! No!
Do the scales weigh just fat? or all the other things in your body too? What about that pint of water you just had, that'll weigh something! What about all the food in your digestive system? We've all had a big Sunday roast, potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, a desert etc and then jumped on the scales and wow we've put on 3-4 pounds. Is that realistic? Nope!
One thing people don't realise is that when we eat carbohydrate, we store it for muscle energy (called glycogen), and for every gram, we store 3-4g of water with it. All this weighs, so don't be demotivated by the scales, check once a week at the same time, first thing in a morning after you've been to the toilet, and keep things reliable. The mirror is always the best measure, take pictures throughout, people will notice this, not a number that only you see!
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