Normal Weight Fluctuation? If you notice a dramatic change on
the scale, chances are it's due to
water, says Anita Petruzzelli, M.D. High-carb and high-salt foods can cause
water retention and a boost in poundage. Dr. Petruzzelli If the scale shows a seven-pound jump
for longer than a day or two, alcohol
consumption could be one cause. "Alcohol stimulates your appetite and
wrecks your self-control regarding the
amount of food that you consume,"
says Joseph Colella, M.D. Keep in mind that in addition to diet,
some medications and health conditions
can also lead to weight fluctuation. The bottom line: Weight
fluctuation is normal. But if the scale rises five or more pounds
for longer than a day or two, chances
are it's more than just water weight.