Why You Weigh Less In The Morning Than At Night
This Is Why You Weigh Less in the Morning
That slight dehydration can equal a noticeable drop in weight, says Sonya Angelone, R.D., a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "Since two cups of one pound, even modest dehydration or water retention can affect weight throughout the day," she says.(Work towards your weight loss progress with these moves from Women's .)
Conversely, drinking water before bed can keep you from being dehydrated in the morning and result in a higher number, says Angelone. Though, she points out, if you get up to pee during the night you won’t retain much of that H20.
It's also possible that you weigh less because you’ve burned up calories from the food you ate the night before in order to fuel basic bodily functions, like breathing and generating body heat, says Angelone.
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Finally, weighing yourself after your morning workout could result in a lower than normal reading, thanks to sweating buckets, says Angelone. "But it’s not a true reflection of any changes in body fat," she says.
Angelone discourages weighing yourself after dinner, since it’s usually the biggest meal of the day. "This weight will include the weight of the food and beverage you just consumed," she points out.
With all of that being said, there’s no perfect time of day to weigh yourself, says Upton. As long as you scale in around the same time of day consistently, you'll have an accurate comparison.
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It’s also not a bad idea to hop on naked so you can get an even more on-point idea of where your weight is.
No matter when you weigh yourself, don’t freak if you notice that your weight went up a pound or two one day and down the next. Your weight is pretty variable, says Upton. But if it goes up and stays up, or vice versa, you know things are changing. "The number on the scale should be used as a relative number not absolute," says Upton.
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