3 Main Reasons Your Scales Fluctuate

I know a lot of people out there struggle with there weight. And one of the biggest downers when you are saying to lose weight it when your scales fluctuate. One morning you are 70kgs, later that day you are 72kgs, and the next morning you are 69kgs… what gives?

#1 Glycogen

If you go on and off low-carb diets frequently this can cause big changes in your glycogen levels (glycogen serves as a form of energy storage in us humans and other animals).

Each gram of glycogen holds as much as four times its weight in water. So, reducing carbs (and glycogen) will cause a fast drop in weight.

This is why you hear some people say they lost 3 kilos in just a few days on a low carb diet. It is mostly water weight though and it will come back if that exact diet and exercise regime is not sustained.

#2 Salt

Let’s say you went out to your favourite Mexican restaurant last night and enjoyed a few margaritas and enchiladas, or had something else with lots of salt. When you step off the scales the next day, you may have gained some weight!

This isn't just because of all the food you ate the night before. Its actually because your digestive system hasn’t had time to process all the salt you had the night before and all that excess sodium causes your body to hold onto excess water in order to keep your electrolytes in balance.

Thank your human body for being so efficient!

Your body will sort it all out over time… which leads to point number three...

#3 It takes a few days for bodyweight to stabilize after any major shift in diet or exercise.

If you have JUST began a new diet - especially one drastically lower in carbs - you must wait until your morning scale weight has stabilised (no longer losing a kilo or two of water a day), before assessing your true weight loss.

Weight should then be monitored for about another two weeks to make sure there are no drastic changes to glycogen or fluid levels. The goal is to have the weight loss be all from fat!

I hope this has helped you realise some of the reasons why your scales fluctuate so much! Just because it says you have gained some weight doesn't mean you won't lose it again a day or two later. Let your body stabilise itself.

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