Understanding and Managing Weight Fluctuations: A Guide from a Registered Dietician

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Weight fluctuations are a natural part of being human, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating to see the number on the scale go up and down. As a registered dietician, I want to share with you some of the reasons why your body may be experiencing weight fluctuations.

One of the most common causes of weight fluctuations is water retention. This can happen for a variety of reasons such as consuming too much sodium, alcohol, or carbohydrates. While this water weight is not real weight, it will still show up on the scale, which can be frustrating for those who are focusing solely on the scale for weight loss.

Another reason for weight fluctuations is the menstrual cycle. For women, the weight on the scale can fluctuate greatly due to hormonal changes right before, during, and after menstruation and ovulation.

Additionally, regular bowel movements can also affect the number on the scale. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and eating high-fiber foods to prevent constipation. Certain types of exercise can also cause weight fluctuations by causing inflammation and water retention in the muscles.

It’s important to remember that weight fluctuations are a normal part of being human, and to not stress about it. My advice would be to weigh yourself first thing in the morning after you’ve gone to the bathroom, and if the scale is stressing you out, weigh yourself once a week instead of daily.

In conclusion, there are many reasons why your body may be experiencing weight fluctuations, but it’s important to not stress about it and to take steps to understand and manage it. Remember that it’s normal and to focus on healthy habits rather than fixating on the scale.