Many factors can cause weight fluctuations. Don't get hung up on the scale when you're on a weight loss program!
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Hi, I'm Dr. Tina Marcantel.
As we begin the new year, many of us are starting on weight loss programs. I'd like to offer a couple of tips that might help you along the way.
There can be many factors that cause our weight to fluctuate. When we're in stress we release cortisol hormones. It's a fat-storing hormone and it can cause weight gain.
Another one is temperatures can cause fluctuations in our weight. For instance, in the summer it's hot and we retain fluid. Also, salt–too much salt can equal fluid retention.
And yet another factor that can cause fluctuations in our weight is hormones. Hormones can fluctuate the weight, such as with estrogen dominance or a thyroid condition.
So, a recommendation that I have is this: Because our weight does fluctuate, avoid constant use of the scale. Yeah, that's right! Avoid constant use of the scale.
Instead of using a scale to constantly measure your weight, just choose a pair of jeans and a shirt that you want to fit into. Try them on every couple of weeks. If they feel tight from one try-on to the next, just cut back on the amount of food or the type of food that you're eating.
This simple tip will prevent the emotional swings and disappointments experienced from factors that may cause weight fluctuations.
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And happy, healthy eating!