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Why Does My Weight Fluctuate?

I talk a lot about maintenance when it comes to your healthy goal weight. This simply means keeping your current weight fairly constant rather than losing or gaining weight each week.

If you think that this means the number on the scale should remain static, you're wrong. For most people, maintenance means weighing within three or five pounds of their goal.

The reason for this is because everyone's body weight will fluctuate from day to day, even during the course of one day. Daily fluctuations in weight of about a pound can be normal when you are trying to maintain your weight -- and they may be due to:

  • Normal body fluctuations related to eating and elimination
  • The amount of salt or high-sodium foods you consume
  • Temporary water-weight gain, for women, near the time of menstruation
  • A decrease in physical activity

So stop stressing over every single pound fluctuation your body is just being totally normal.

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