Posted March 7th, 2017 under Nutrition
6 Reasons why body weight measurements fluctuate daily
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6 Reasons why body weight measurements fluctuate daily:
- Sodium: If you eat more sodium than usual your body reacts by retaining more water and vice versa when you eat less sodium.
- Alcohol: Alcohol is a diuretic that causes dehydration in the body, which leads to water retention. The water retention happens because your body wants to make up for the difference in water levels from drinking alcohol
- Carbohydrate Intake: The body turns majority of your carbs that you eat into glucose for immediate energy, storing them in the liver. Glucose that is not used for immediate energy turns to glycogen and glycogen is stored in the muscle tissue, which can lead to water retention. When people do a low-carb diet, yes they may rapidly lose weight but it is not fat it’s the body using up the stored glycogen for energy, which causes less water retention aka why weight loss primarily happens when you eat low carbs.
- Strength training: When you lift weights it causes trauma to muscle tissue. In order to rebuild the muscle fibers your muscles retain water to help speed up recovery and the process in the cells.
- Going to the restroom: Your body weight can change 1-3 pounds a day by the amount of times you use the bathroom.
- Menstruation: Most women are familiar with this. It is said that water is retained when hormones fluctuate, especially about 1 week prior to your menstrual cycle.
All of these can make your body weight go up or down without causing an effect on body fat so stop beating yourself up about the number on the scale. The number on the scale is not stable and should not determine your health. Focus on feeling good, how your clothes fit and how your Fit3d looks! You are more than just a number.
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Written By: Rebecca Desousa BS Nutritional Sciences