We all have ups and downs with our weight, and for most of us even a small gain can be very demotivating, especially when we feel we've been trying really hard. When the scales show an increase for no obvious reason, it's easy to give up and say "what's the point"?.
However it is important not to treat the scales as our only measure of progress. Your body measurements can usually give a far better picture of a reduction in body fat.
Here is my example to illustrate how misleading scales can sometimes be:
I have maintained my target BMi 23 for the past year. But because I'm going on holiday soon, I made an effort in the past month to lose just a couple more pounds to give me a bit of leeway on holiday.
Now, two weeks ago I was 9st 12 and last week 9st 10lbs . My average calorie intake this past week has been 1354 per day gross ( before exercise). Yet today my scales actually show a 4lb increase to 10st ! That is the highest Ive been all year and I KNOW I HAVE NOT OVER EATEN so this weight increase just CAN NOT be body fat ( you have to overeat by 3500cals more than your body needs to gain a pound of fat) .
So , if anyone else out there is disappointed with today's number on the scales, just do your sums and if you know you're eating healthily within your calorie allowance, then do not give up. Try on your clothes or measure yourself instead, for a better picture.