I’ll never forget the day that I gained 10 pounds overnight and had to ask the question; why does your weight fluctuate? I had just finished the Ontario Bodybuilding Championships and won the Mr. Ontario title, so in true bodybuilding tradition, I went to Pizza Hut to celebrate and eat as much deep dish meat lovers pizza that I could.
After sixteen weeks of intense dieting for the contest, which included virtually no carbs, salt or fat – pizza was the ultimate reward.
The next morning I woke up feeling like I just got hit by a truck. When I looked at my face in the mirror, I also looked like I got hit by a truck.
I was swollen beyond belief and retaining so much water that I could hardly move. I weighed myself and was in disbelief as I looked down at the scale – I had gained 10 pounds overnight!
It was that morning that I learned three important facts about our body-biology:
- We are comprised mainly of water
- Our body water fluctuates (sometimes very radically!)
- This can cause our scale to go berserk!
After further investigation, I also learned that there are five elements that contribute to why your weight fluctuates:
You will gain over 1 pound of weight after drinking a 500ml bottle of water (watch the video for the demo – unbelievable!)
If you are on a low carb diet and re-introduce carbs, your body will super-compensate and store the carbs along with four parts water for each gram of carb stored!
You may have seen the scale go up a couple of pounds after eating food containing MSG (monosodium glutamate)and you may have seen it go down a few pounds after a hard and sweaty workout.
You may have seen the scale go down a couple of pounds the morning you wake up with a splitting headache and one heck of a hangover because of the dehydrating effects of alcohol has on the body.
Here’s what you need to know about getting accurate weight measurements from a scale and also how to use other tools to measure your weight.
- Weigh yourself weekly with the same scale, time of day and with the same type of clothes on (or no clothes on!)
- You will experience what I call the Correction Curve if you have lost more than 2 pounds in one week. Your weight will soon correct itself, and that could mean that you will temporally gain some of the weight back.
- A picture tells a thousand words so try taking some selfies of yourself each month so you can see your weight-loss progress.
- Get yourself into the fitting room and try on a pair of clothes that you once fit into, or go out and buy a pair of clothes that you would like to fit into. Try on the outfit every month to see your weight-loss progress.
- Use what I call the 5-pound Flex method of choosing a target weight range of 5 pounds that you will allow yourself to fluctuate within but never allow yourself to exceed.
On a final note, remember that your weight is equal to your wellness, so choose a realistic body weight that serves you emotionally and physically.
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