Why Does Your Weight Fluctuate Every Day?Posted: Oct 29 in Health And Wellness, Weight loss by Dr. Lazarus
If you often get on the scale every day, you probably notice that your weight changes significantly each time. Sometimes, you know why there is change — you could have had a big meal right before turning in the previous night, or you could have had an especially strenuous hour of exercise. These aren’t the only reasons why your weight may fluctuate, however.
Your weight can actually fluctuate by as much as twenty pounds over short periods of time. If you need to lose weight or change your body’s proportion of fat to muscle, it can help calm your mind to know why exactly your weight changes day-to-day. What follows are the reasons such fluctuations occur.
Weight changes caused by sodium intake
Foods that are rich in salt can cause your body to retain water. Some people’s bodies tend to respond to sodium more dramatically than others, retaining a great deal of water with only a moderate increase in salt consumption.
It’s important to realize that salt from every source counts. If you don’t recall having included much salt in your meals, you need to remember that a number of foods from frozen meals to condiments, and from cold cuts to canned foods, contain a great deal of salt. If you decide to substitute a regular meal with canned soup one day, for instance, you may notice a big increase on the weighing scale the following morning. It is likely to only be water retention from the salt in the canned soup, however.
Weight changes caused by carbohydrates
The consumption of carbohydrates leads to water retention. When you have a starchy meal of pasta, rice or bread, you may notice that you put on some weight. Every ounce of carbohydrate that you eat can actually lead to three times as much water retention. It’s important to understand that the increase in weight does not come from a buildup of fat deposits.
Weight changes caused by bodily functions
A meal that you eat can weigh as much as a pound. The water that you drink in a day can weigh several pounds, as well. Eating and drinking can cause you to gain weight, and sweating and visits to the toilet can cause you to lose weight.
Weight changes caused by exercise
When you lift weights at the gym, your muscles retain water to help with the repair process. It’s water that can end up showing as a fluctuation in your weight on the weighing scale.
Weight changes caused by medications
You can gain weight from some medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, and psychiatric disorders. From causing the body to retain water weight to increasing the body’s levels of fat, you can notice weight gains worth several pounds with some medications.
Weight changes caused by periods
Menstrual periods can cause bloating and fluid retention. These changes usually occur immediately before a period sets in, and during a period. Studies have found that changes in the body’s levels of progesterone cause food cravings and emotional eating that lead to weight gains, as well.
Weight changes caused by drinking alcohol
Alcohol, being a diuretic, causes the kidneys to excrete a great deal of liquid. Often, people need to pee within 15 minutes of a large drink. People who drink alcohol often may eat salty snacks to go with their alcohol, as well. The salt can lead to fluid retention. You may notice weight fluctuations depending on whether it is the fluid retention or excretion that has the upper hand.
Most of the daily fluctuations that occur in your weight come from the way your body deals with water. Buying a sophisticated bathroom scale that measures your body’s water content and fat content may help you isolate these fluctuations, and get to the real number that represents your weight.
Day-to-day fluctuations matter little. Any number of factors can cause you to pick up a little extra weight or lose it. You should be concerned about putting on weight only if the weight that you gain stays on for longer than a week. Then, you may need to pay closer attention to your diet or your workout plan.