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November 15, 2022

Why Does My Weight Fluctuate So Much

The average person’s weight fluctuates 2.2-4.4 pounds over a few days and, over a longer period of time, this can be so much more. If you’re keeping an eye on your weight, this can be confusing and even discouraging if you’re aiming to lose some of your body weight.

That’s why it’s important to understand the reasons behind weight fluctuations and have patience when they happen. So you can understand more, let’s take a look at the potential answers to, “Why does my weight fluctuate?”

Water Weight

Weight Fluctuate

Water can be a huge factor in weight changes depending on the state of the body at the time. There are many reasons a body might start to hold onto water, including:

  • Dehydration
  • A lot of sodium in your diet
  • Urine weight
  • Water adjusting to muscle if you’re building more of it
  • Alcohol intake

If you suddenly put on a lot of weight, cut sodium out of your diet, and hydrate — you might see it starting to drop, as water retention is often a very common cause of short-term weight gain. Our bodies are 60% water, after all!

Your Menstrual Cycle

If you have a menstrual cycle, this can be a huge cause of weight fluctuation. Your body tends to hold onto a lot of water at this time but your hormones are also changing, which can cause gastrointestinal upset, constipation, and other issues that might make it seem like you’ve gained weight.

Weight fluctuations are often at their most extreme during this time of the month so if it seems like you’ve gained alarming weight suddenly, give it a few days until the end of your period. You might find it just drops back off.

Your Diet & Weight Fluctuations

Crash diets often appear enticing due to their quick results but fall short in long-term efficacy. Key points to consider are:

  • Crash Diets: Rapid weight loss results, but weight often returns once regular eating resumes.
  • Sustainable Weight Loss: Emphasizes gradual lifestyle changes over extreme caloric restrictions, which can lead to binging-induced fluctuations.

Binging and other factors significantly influence weight:

  • Binging Impact: Occasional overeating might result in temporary weight gain, with 3500 extra calories roughly equaling a pound of fat.
  • Other Causes: Weight can also vary due to hormonal changes (e.g., menstrual cycle) or the body retaining water from dehydration or high sodium intake.

Awareness of these factors is essential for effective weight management.

Exercise and Physical Activity

Engaging in physical activity, especially strength training, can lead to an increase in muscle mass. Muscles store glycogen, which binds water. Consequently, post-exercise, you may notice a temporary weight gain due to increased water in the muscles. This is normal and should not be a cause for concern.

Medications and Health Conditions

Certain medications, especially antidepressants, antipsychotics, and hormonal medications, can lead to weight fluctuations. Furthermore, conditions like hypothyroidism can influence weight. If you suspect a sudden weight change may be medication or health-related, it’s essential to consult a professional.

Stress and Mental Well-being

Mental health plays a vital role in our overall well-being, including weight. Stressful periods might lead to increased cortisol production, which can affect appetite and lead to weight gain. On the flip side, anxiety might suppress appetite, leading to weight loss. It’s crucial to maintain a balanced mental state for consistent weight.

Embrace the Journey

Weight fluctuations are a natural and integral part of the human experience. By understanding the multitude of factors influencing it, we can better navigate and manage these changes. However, the journey is easier and more fruitful with a reliable partner. Reach out to MiBella Wellness Center today, and take the first step towards a more informed and empowered weight management journey.

Navigating weight management can be a challenging endeavor. MiBella Wellness Center offers a comprehensive approach, understanding the unique challenges each individual faces. With expert guidance, cutting-edge technology, and a focus on holistic well-being, MiBella is here to support and guide you every step of the way.

Weight fluctuation is normal but if you need help managing your weight, check out our services.