Before coming to this conclusion and getting yourself upset ask yourself?
- Have you gained muscle mass?
- Are you stressed and cortisol levels are high?
- How is your digestion, is your gut healthy? Are you bloated?
- Have I eaten more carbs than usual?
- Are you eating more sodium than usual?
- What about quality of your sleep and how much of it you are getting?
- Is it approaching your time of the month?
- Are you on any medication?
Many people step on the scale in the morning and immediately get upset if they see that they’ve gained weight. However, it doesn’t always translate to body fat gain.
Carb intake, sodium intake, sleep, hormones, and even a hard leg workout the day before can all influence water retention and cause you to hold onto several extra pounds of water weight. Maybe you really, really have to go to the bathroom.
Or if you’ve been eating in a calorie surplus and getting stronger in the gym, it could be that you’ve gained some muscle – and that’s made up of mass, which means it can change the scale reading!
Be sure to consider ALL of these factors when interpreting scale weight, and remember that waist circumference measurement is typically a better indicator of body fat gain or loss than scale weight alone.
Weight gain does not always mean fat gain!