Did you ever wonder why you weigh a different weight from one day to the next? How sometimes when you diet it seems like you are actually GAINING weight?
Is your body betraying you? Is the diet wrong for you? Or is it possible the real fault is with your bathroom scales?
7 Important Facts the Diet Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know
The truth is your weight can fluctuate up and down all week long, even all day. Part of this is because eating and exercise patterns can be different on the weekends from the work days. Another issue is different clothing worn while on the scales and even your intestinal content gets picked up on the scales.
The scale is simply a measurement of gravitational pull on a mass (you being the mass).
Gravity, Water, & the Moon
If the mass is denser – like a person full of muscles – it will weigh more than less dense – ie: fat.
This is one reason why people may see a weight increase when they use resistance or weight training as part of their weight loss program. Focusing more on the fat loss and the sculpting of lean and supple muscle will still get a person to their “weight loss” goals.
For the same weight of muscle, fat actually takes up three times the space. This is why you can have two people weighing the same but one appears bigger. Although you can’t just simply swap the two, replacing fat with muscle can be done with a well crafted fitness regime.
The Weight of Water
Other reasons that the scales may show an increase from water retention is during different moon phases there is a stronger pull. A pound or two here and there could be your natural body’s “tide” ebbing and flowing with the additional force.
Water retention can also be an issue. Some medications and health issues cause uncomfortable fluid retention in the body. If you notice your have swollen feet and legs you might want to talk to your medical adviser.
Consuming and expelling water can have a tremendous effect on what you see on the scales. Some professional sports require the competitors be weighed in just before a match. Wrestling or boxing are examples of sports that do this. If either competitor weighs more than their pre-determined weight class, they won’t be able to fight. Instead they will be moved “up” to the next class.
The importance in this for a competitor is it is more desirable to be big and strong, but weigh as little as possible. That way you have a better chance of beating a lighter/weaker opponent.
Another sport involving weight is horse racing. The lighter the jockey the less work the horse has to do to carry it’s load across the finish line.
To “make weight” often times the competitors will dehydrate by extreme and often unhealthy means. These methods will not contribute to a long term weight loss for many reasons. The most important reason is because our body’s NEED WATER TO BURN FAT!
This is why you need to look closely at any form of diet or weight loss program that boasts of people who have lost large amounts of weight in short periods of time. They might include natural diuretics or pills that enhance water loss. As attractive this may look on the scales for the first week or two – it won’t be long until it stops working and WORSE – the fat loss has been minimal.
Water is super important for losing weight. It is best to drink lots and increase the cardio. The combination of sweat with water intake = superior fat loss.
There are things you can do to help your body use the water to burn off the fat too. One is to pay attention to the salt intake. If you have too much salt in your diet it can cause your body to hang on to the water and cause bloating when you eat.
Another important and often overlooked part is bowel movements. Without enough fluids a person can get “backed up”. Unhealthy gastric function can lead into a spiral of issues. A healthy and daily poop regime can contribute to successful weight loss and a healthy weight.