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We’ve been told over and over again that daily weighing is unnecessary, yet many of us can’t resist getting on the scale every morning to see if the numbers have gone down. Among the many factors that affect the numbers on the scale are water retention, glycogen storage and changes in muscle mass. Daily weight fluctuations are normal. They're not indicators of your diets' success or failure, nor of changes in your body's fat content. Once you understand how these mechanisms work, you can free yourself from the daily battle with the scale. Water makes up about 60% of total body mass. Fluctuations in the body’s water content on a daily basis are normal. The factors influencing water retention are:
Is the fluctuation in weight fat gain?
Your daily weight fluctuations are definitely not due to fat gain. It may be due to the above mentioned factors or sometimes due to the actual weight of the food you eat! The 2 kg that you gain right after a huge dinner is not fat. It’s the actual weight of everything you’ve had to eat and drink. The added weight of the meal will be gone several hours later when you’ve finished digesting it. It takes regular eating of high-fat and high-calorie meals to result in stored fat and actual weight gain.
When you're on a weight loss diet, don't focus on the number on the scale. What is more important is how you feel. If you're exercising and eating right, don’t be discouraged by a small gain on the scale. Fluctuations are perfectly normal. It’s a matter of mind over scale.
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