Reasons your weight fluctuates
It can be disheartening to see the ever-changing number on the scales every morning – especially if you have been on your best behaviour. There are so many reasons why your weight fluctuates daily, and keep in mind, that number on your scales may not be the best representation of your true progress.
Let’s start with some of the reasons why you might be seeing these weight fluctuations even though you’ve barely changed your routine.
- You’ve retained fluid. Your body can retain excess water for several reasons. The first being that you’ve eaten a higher intake of sodium that day. Some people are more sensitive to sodium, especially if you usually eat clean and green. Try to avoid salty foods in general to help avoid fluid retention. Secondly, your body retains fluid if you are mildly dehydrated – go figure! Drinking more water will help your body to flush out excess sodium. Generally fluid retention lasts around 48 hours, so drink lots of water and monitor it from there.
- For a woman, weight fluctuations can occur around the menstrual cycle. Hormonal changes can cause fluid retention around a week prior to your period. Changes in weight can be anywhere from 0.5kg to 3kg!
- You’re weighing yourself at different times. If you are monitoring your weight by scales try to weigh yourself at the same time each day. Believe it or not your weight can fluctuate during the day! Nutritionists believe it is best to weigh yourself naked in the morning.
- Your digestion could be causing your weight fluctuations. We all know the symptoms, bloating and feeling uneasy can be a sign of bad digestion. It’s important to make sure you are eating enough fibre and stay hydrated. Your digestive system needs to be functioning at its best daily to help deliver the nutrients from your body to your body.Find out how to get good gut health from our previous blog here.
- At the end of the day, you could have just eaten one to many carbs. We want to start by preface this by saying not all carbs are bad. Depending on your body makeup, some of us can benefit from eating a portion of sweet potato at night or brown rice with our dinner. However, eating too much unrefined carbs such as bread or white rice, can cause not only fluid retention, but actual weight gain. Sadly, that one cheat meal is here to stay and will not disappear in 48 hours!