Stepping gingerly onto the scales and agonising over the result is a feeling many women are all too familiar with.
But Bath University student and fitness blogger Lauren Tickner, 20, is out to convince weight-watchers that the numbers aren’t important – and she posted these astonishing photos on Instagram to prove her point.
Lauren says she was a whopping 12lbs heavier when she weighed herself at night than she had been when she stepped on the scales first thing that very same day – and put it all down to food and water retention.
The student blogger says she was 12lbs heavier when she weighed herself at night (right) than she had been when she woke up that same day (left)
‘I do not have the abs I wake up with in the evening,’ she told her near 57,000 Instagram following.
‘Just because I weigh 12 pounds more now, does not mean I have gained 12 pounds of fat… I will wake up tomorrow looking exactly how I look on the left.’
The University of Bath student said she had not overeaten during the day but merely fuelled her body with food and drink, and that her abs became less chiseled as the day progressed as a result.
‘My body now looks so different because I now have this water weight and food inside me,’ she said.
Lauren has previously posted other photos demonstrating how deceptive an Instagram image can be, as part of her efforts to ‘be real’ with her online fans
The blogger, who has previously posted other photos demonstrating how deceptive Instagram images can be as part of her efforts to ‘be real’ with her fans, urged her followers not to obsess over the numbers on the scale.
She said weighing yourself at different times through the day could be counter-productive.
‘Stop weighing yourself after you have eaten/drunk,’ she wrote.
‘Weighing yourself at random times in the day is going to make your result wrong.’
The student, who also vlogs on YouTube as The Laurenizer, recommended getting on the scales first thing, at the exact same time each day, naked, and after going to the toilet, in order to get a true result.