Article on Weight Gains & Losses

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Posted: 26 Mar 2013, 14:39
Thought I'd share, I just read this and thought it was interesting on quick gains and losses due to various factor.

"After a night out to dinner with your friends, you know you need to step on the scale in the morning. You certainly don’t expect to see a big weight loss, but a 3-pound gain seems impossible. Can the scale really go up that much overnight? The answer is no… sort of.
For your bathroom scale to register real weight loss or gain, you need to consume 3500 calories less/more than what your body needs to maintain its current weight. That means you would have to eat 10,500 calories above your normal intake to gain 3 real pounds. Not likely, right?
So if you didn’t eat and drink enough calories to gain that much weight overnight, how did the scale jump so high? The answer: weight loss is not a perfect science. Here are a few reasons you may be surprised by a higher or lower number:

1. Eating and drinking. You wouldn’t step on the scale while holding your dinner on a plate, so don’t weigh yourself immediately after a meal. Food and drink do have weight, but after the digestive process is complete, your weight should be relatively stable.

2. Water. Everyone has heard the term “water weight,” and you may have even blamed a stubborn 5-pound gain on it. Hydration status does affect the scale, but the effect is temporary. For instance, after a tough workout, the scale may go down a few pounds. This is likely due to temporary dehydration rather than burning a massive amount of calories. Fluid retention will cause the opposite to happen. Weight gains and losses due to fluid shifts are generally reversed quickly.

3. Diet changes. When you decrease carbs and increase protein, the body loses energy stores called glycogen. This results in a temporary, fast weight loss; the pounds return once the carbs are added back.

4. Sodium. Eating a very salty meal can cause some fluid retention.

5. Hormonal changes. If you notice a regular monthly shift for a few days, watch the scale to see when it resolves.

Though research supports daily weighing for long-term weight maintenance, other markers also can be helpful. As you weigh yourself, at the same time each day, notice any weekly trend. If over a few weeks you don’t think the scale is an accurate reflection take a closer look at your daily eating and activity habits to make changes."
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