In the course of trying to lose some weight, I've been weighing myself rather frequently, sometimes more than once a day. I've discovered two tricks that result in almost immediate or overnight weight loss.
1) Weigh yourself on the scale with your clothes on. Take off all your clothes. Weigh yourself again while nude. Presto! You've immediately lost the weight of your clothing, which should be good for a pound or two.
2) Weigh yourself at night, before you go to bed. Then weigh yourself first thing in the morning, when you wake up. Again, you should see a couple of pounds weight loss, although unlike the first trick, I can't adequately explain why it happens--I just know that it does.
Okay, so neither of these results in actual, dietary, permanent weight loss, and if you were hoping for a weight loss miracle, you're probably a little upset with me. However, I did say that they were tricks, and I meant that in the truest sense of the word.
The reality is that there is no magic trick or miracle to weight loss. I had previously blogged about a low-carbohydrate diet, but after more experience, I suspect that there is some other factor at work when you cut down on carbs, and it is not a guarantee of weight loss.
However, my 'tricks' above do illustrate a couple of important points if you are trying to track your weight while on a diet. One, always wear the same amount of clothes (preferably little or none) so that clothing doesn't affect your net weight difference, and two, always weigh yourself at the same time every day, or at least, only compare weights done at the same time every day.
Following both of these tips helps ensure that you are seeing your actual net gain or loss, and not the results of some other factor. Stick with a healthy diet and exercise plan, be consistent, and have some patience. Slow and steady will win this race.