3 Sneaky Reasons Your Weight is Fluctuating
We all know how difficult it is to lose weight and keep it off. When you’re working toward a weight loss goal, you may be trying every possible method while also watching the scale like a hawk. It’s perfectly normal to want to lose twenty pounds in one week, but the reality is, it’s not very practical. Not only is it unhealthy when too much weight is lost too quickly, but it also tends to come creeping back in a short period of time. Here at Signature Medicine, we provide medical weight loss programs that are tailored to the individual needs of each of our patients, so that you can lose weight in the best way that would benefit you.
If you’ve been wondering recently why your weight is fluctuating, we have a few potential (and sneaky) reasons. Here they are:
- You aren’t staying hydrated – Water is actually a key factor in your daily weight fluctuations. If you’re working out at the gym but not staying hydrated, the scale may read a few pounds lighter since you burned off the water weight while exercising. Stay hydrated (not only because you’ll experience less weight fluctuation) but also because it’s essential for your health.
- You’re consuming too much sodium – You probably know by now that certain types of foods affect your weight, and sodium is one of those types to have an immediate (although temporary) impact. Founder of Millennial Nutrition, Gillean Barkyoumb, MS, RD, explains that foods that are high in sodium cause you to retain water in your stomach, which will show a higher number when you step on the scale. Barkyoumb recommends focusing on whole foods, such as herbs and spices (instead of salt), to avoid this.
- You’re constipated – This may seem a little bit obvious, but there’s more to it than you might first think. Constipation can be triggered by a number of things, including but not limited to lack of sleep, travel habits, your period, and your levels of stress. To help get things moving again, try drinking more water and eating more foods that are rich in fiber.
Here at Signature Medicine, we want to help you accomplish your health goals. To learn more about why your weight might be fluctuating, contact us at 215-240-7374.