Why Does My Weight Fluctuate So Much?
So there you are on a weight loss journey, your nutrition is on point and you are staying active, and out of the blue you experience a spike in your weight. But why? Why do you gain weight when you’re doing everything right?
On my weight loss journey I have definitely experienced some stalls, and I get that. But why do those crazy spikes to my weight occur?
Just last week I had a week where my nutrition was totally perfect, my water intake was on point and my activity levels were consistent, plus I had added in additional exercise. Yet, I woke up one morning weighing 10 pounds more than 2 days prior!! What the heck??
When we see the scale go up, we often freak out and not think about the reality of what has recently happened….or in my case, not have a clue of what would cause it.
Today I want to share 5 reasons your weight may have spiked – just to help keep you from freaking out!
Why Does My Weight Go Up
- You Drank LOTS Of Water! – Picking up a case of water from Trader Joe’s it hit me: Water weighs a whole lot! I currently drink 150 ounces of water in a day. That’s 9.78 pounds. That means every 50 ounce bottle of water I drink weighs over 3 pounds. Think back to your water intake and consider if water is the cause of your weight fluctuation.
- You Had More Sodium Than Normal – Or you had more processed foods. I dine out a lot, but it’s a mixture of real whole foods eating at home, healthy foods from restaurants and, well….just regular restaurants that use processed foods. The sodium in those foods can cause you to retain water. It seriously amazes me how quickly that water goes away after eating incredibly clean again!
- You Ate More Carbs Than Normal – I want to be clear on this, carbs do not inherently cause you to gain weight (or fat), even if you are doing Keto and slip up, carbs do not cause you to gain weight. But like sodium, they do cause you to retain water…and water weight.
- You Did Strength Training The Day Before – This is actually the culprit to my spike, or at least that’s what I am telling myself. When you do strength training, this causes immediate inflammation of the body. …but this kind of inflammation is good because it’s building muscle. Your body retains water in order to repair the muscle tears that are required for muscle growth. Don’t stop strength training – it ultimately helps you lose weight!
- You Haven’t Gone To The Bathroom In A While – No need to really elaborate here as it’s rather obvious that your waste weighs something…and if it’s still inside of you, you’re going to weigh more than if it’s not inside of you.
In doing research for this, I also read that temporary weight gain comes right before a female has her period. …but since I’m a guy, I’m not going to talk about that….
The Mental Game Of A Weight Gain
So often when we see the scale go up we immediately think we are failing, that we’re not doing something right and it can greatly affect our motivation to keep moving forward. You seen the scale go up and you instantly go from feeling like a beast to feeling like an elephant!
You’re not a loser if your weight has gone up (bad pun intended).
PLEASE keep in mind that weight fluctuation is normal, typical and part of the weight loss process. There will always be ups and downs on your weight loss journey.
You want to make sure that your nutrition is on track, that your activity is on track and that you’re considering all of these reasons why your weight may have spiked. Don’t freak out – just keep staying on track!