It is probably the most unpopular object in the whole household and yet almost everyone has one at home: the scale. The weight scales that you stand on that we keep in the bathroom. More enemy than a girlfriend, we often trust her more than his own reflection. This is especially important for women, because the displayed number alone can deceive. So it has to be considered to ensure reliable readings and interpret them correctly.
These secret influencing factors on your weight should you know
Everyone has experienced this before: After a delightful weekend the scale suddenly shows two or three kilograms more. The frustration and the sense of guilt are great. But whoever thinks that a (pure) increase in the fat mass hides behind it is wrong. Usually, the reason for this is only a short-term: an increased storage of body water.
3 Reasons why it is worth looking into the mirror more often than on the scales
1. Your salt consumption
Your body is always looking for an equilibrium – so also with its salt stock. A constant salt supply of, for example, 10 g per day leads therefore that the body also constantly excreted 10 g of salt over the urine every day. If you generally eat rather low in salt and suddenly attack larger amounts of finished products and fast foods with high salt content, it can quickly lead to a weight loss on your scales.
The reason for this is quite simple: it usually takes one to two days for your kidneys to adapt to the higher amount and separate more salt. As salt in the body binds water, the salt excess ensures a short-term weight increase. Conversely, a sudden lower salt consumption can lead to a temporary weight loss.
Adults can store between 400 and 650 g of carbohydrates in the liver and muscle in the form of glycogen (reserve sugar). One gram of glycogen binds about 3 g of water in your body. This can lead to weight fluctuations of up to 2 kilograms – again only due to changes in the water balance.
If you move a lot, however, full carbohydrate stores are emptied. The subsequent increased excretion of body water leaves the pounds on the scale again.
3. Changes your body composition
trength training, it can come to a standstill or even a slight increase in your body weight. But do not be put off by it. The underlying causes are easy to explain:
2. Muscle is heavier than fat, because muscle cells can store more water than fat cells. The result: The water content in your body increases as you build muscle.