You step on the scale one morning and you are up 5 pounds, Wth?! After all it takes eating 3500 calories to gain a pound and you definitely did not eat 17,500 calories last night…so what is going on?
Here are few reasons you see those numbers going up from one day to the next.
1. You Hit The Gym Super Hard
After a heavy workout, especially if you perform big, compound movements that recruit a lot of large muscles, you can easily weigh a few extra pounds for several days. Those microscopic tears that occur in your muscle cells after every workout heal through a process of natural inflammation. That involves some pooling of fluids around the muscle cells, which can make you feel swollen. This does not mean you should skip those muscle building and calorie burning moves. Just let your muscles recover, drink lots of water and forget about the scale.
2. You Are Dehydrated
When you’re dehydrated, you usually weigh less because your muscles and tissues are sucked dry. But that lack of H20 throws your kidneys into “let’s conserve fluids.” That leads to an increase in water weight once you start to re-hydrate. But don’t worry, after a few days of hydrating properly your kidneys will get back to normal, along with your weight.
3. You Started Eating Carbs Again
When you cut back on your carb intake, your body’s glycogen stores—its prime energy source for high-intensity exercise— become depleted. But as soon as you dive into some spaghetti, your body starts storing glycogen in your muscles and liver, along with H20. The sudden influx of those two nutrients after a long stretch of being carb-free could leave you bloated.
The best solution: Include a moderate amount of whole-grain carbs in your diet daily to prevent the cycle of weight coming on and off.