February 28, 2024

If you often weigh yourself when trying to lose weight, you may have noticed that your fluctuates on a daily basis. In fact, your in the morning may be completely different from your at night. However, it’s usually when there is a gain between one day and another that often makes us sad and frustrated. That doesn’t necessarily mean that your loss efforts are wasted. There are several factors that cause to fluctuate on the scale.

Water Weight

bathroom-scaleIf you go on a fad diet that involves lots of liquids and a very low calorie diet, you may see very good results initially where you lose many pounds within a single day. This is because what you have lost is not fat, but water. When you eat a regular diet again, water is usually gained back.

Several other factors cause one to retain water including dehydration, increased consumption of sodium, as well as menstruation (for women). You can prevent water retention by drinking lots of water and restricting your intake of salt.

Muscle Weight

Often exercise is a big part of a loss program, and if it is a big part of yours, chances you will sometimes see a gain in displayed on the scale. This is especially true if you frequently incorporate training as part of your exercise program. This gain in is not because you’ve been slacking off on your diet and putting on fat; instead, it’s possible that you have been putting on muscle.

Muscle is denser than fat, so even if you gain a bit of muscle you will probably see a bigger number on the scale. Don’t worry if this is the case. If you are concerned, use a measuring tape as a supplementary way to track your loss progress. If you are losing inches, even though your scale says you’ve gained , then it’s probably muscle that you’ve gained!

There may be other factors that lead to fluctuations, but these are the main two. So the next time your scale seems to be yo-yoing back and forth, don’t stress about it. If you can’t help stressing about it, then instead of weighing yourself every day, weigh yourself every week to get a more stable picture of how you are doing with yourweight loss. In the end, your weekly is what matters, and not your daily .

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