Should We Always Believe The Scales?
We all love progress!
It’s a known fact we all love to see a new reading on our scales, hoping that all the hard work and effort we have put in has finally payed off. But how can we really know, that the scales are telling the truth? In this article we will guide you through some of the key factors that can alter that important reading. So you’ve been training hard in the gym and eating clean six days a week, having days where you feel like progress has been made and compliments been given to you off friends and family but you haven’t confronted your main fear yet …. the scales! Let us remind you scales are not the sole measure of you fat loss!
What Usually Happens…
Many people once they have started a new training program and diet plan lose a few lbs within the first two to three weeks, then stop losing fat then lose a little more again by this time the individual is happy with their weight loss results… that’s until the weight goes up and their mind takes over which usually ends up with the new training and diet plan finished.
The Menstrual Cycle
The thing that women dread even more than the scales! Scientific research has proven that women can have weight fluctuations of 3-8lbs during a typical cycle this is due to the high amounts of hormones and chemical reactions taking place within the body. Weight gain will show up on those scales, but don’t worry in most cases this is simply water retention associated with the hormonal event.
Carbohydrates Hold Water!
We all love our carbs right?! Wether it’s pasta, sweet potato or basmati rice we all feel better with some carbs introduced into our strict diet plans. Leaving us feeling fuller and energized for longer, carbs will always be a favorite! Carbohydrates are stored in three places within the human body, muscle glycogen, liver glycogen and also in the blood stream. Glycogen holds onto water, and therefore if someone has an increase in muscle and liver glycogen this will lead to an increase in overall weight.
Not Enough Water…
If your not consuming enough water or sodium in your diet every day, then the body produces a hormone called Aldosterone within the kidneys. This hormone is involved in many chemical reactions that take place within the body, being associated to the maintenance of water and electrolyte balance by regulating blood pressure and volume. Make sure you’re always well hydrated, and consuming the right amount of sodium!
(Note – The more protein you consume, the bigger amount of water you will need.)
It’s been proven that stress is a great indicator to weight fluctuation, as when we are stressed we activate our nervous systems sympathetic branch. Once this happens, the other side of our nervous system names the parasympathetic is shut off which is responsible for resting, relaxing and digesting. Over a long period of time, where the body is in this state of functionality, the hormone Cortisol will have an impact on the body’s metabolic rate leading to water retention and chronic inflammation. Remember, to stay calm whilst working towards your goals.