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FACTORS THAT AFFECT SCALE WEIGHT.

The first Monday of 2020.

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I’m going take you through a little chat that I have today with a client that could possibly help you chill out about it if you hopped on the weighing scales this morning.

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So last week I received a message from a client who was freaking out about gaining 7 pounds over the few days at Christmas.

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Now what I’m going to say you are probably thinking this guy hasn’t got a clue what he’s doing but trust me I’ve been in this game long enough and know how the body works.

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Initially, she freaked out and I told her that it’s definitely not 7 pounds of fat!

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She said how do you know?

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Well in order for you to gain 7 pounds of fat, you would have to consume 24,500 calories about your maintenance calories to do this!

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So let’s take her maintenance calories as 1500 calories to stay at her current weight at her current activity levels. This would mean that should have to consume 26,000 calories in a 4 day period.
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This would leave 6,500 calories a day for 4 days to put on 7 pounds of fat. People in general struggle with their appetite in general so eating this amount of food for 4 days solid would be tough going.  I highly doubt that you would consume that amount of food per day.
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So I showed her how much food that would equate to over a few days and she was like I definitely didn’t eat anywhere near that.

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So now that we have acknowledged it’s not all fat (on the scales), she was immediately de-stressed which was super de-stressed.

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So why are the scales telling me I’m 7 pounds up?

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Well, there are several factors that influence weight on weighing scales:

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1️⃣ Food volume

2️⃣ Sodium intake

3️⃣ Carbohydrate intake

4️⃣ Bowel movements

5️⃣ Water intake

6️⃣ Stress levels

7️⃣ Sleep quality

8️⃣ Menstrual cycle

9️⃣ Glycogen storage

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I’m not going into depth about why these impact your weight as it defeats the purpose of this post.

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So when we look at the Christmas period we can definitely see that you could be ticking quite a number of these off.

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So I told her 4 days ago to go back to what she was doing before Christmas and low and behold she was back down to her “Pre Christmas Weight”.

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Call me Houdini if you want!

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Moral of the story is that scale weight is only a metric and it should be the only variable you use to dictate progress.

Body composition such as how you look visually, feel in your clothes and then all the other facets I talk about all the time are the key indicators of where things are going.

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Tag someone who needs to read this after freaking out after the Christmas period.

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Have a good day.

 

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