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7 Ways Your Weight Plays Dirty Tricks On You

7 Ways Your Weight Plays Dirty Tricks On You

One day, your down  five lbs, the next day, those five lbs are back in your life. It’s back to square one with all time and effort for naught.

This weight thing is one giant headache. Step on the scale. Hold your breath. Who knows what is going to happen once you look down.

The scale is one nasty mofo who enjoys playing with our emotions. However, we shouldn’t allow a number to determine our emotional well-being. The scale is a poor indicator of progress the majority of the time.

Do yourself and your psyche a favor and hide the scale in the closet.

Here are some reasons why your weight fluctuates on a roller coaster that the scale can’t account for.

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Stress and Hormones

Silent, but deadly is the definition of stress. Poor sleep habits, not enough calories consumed, low activity levels, and the day-to-day grind plays a pivotal role in managing stress.

The chief hormone that is thrown out of whack is cortisol (aka…the stress hormone). Cortisol naturally releases in response to emotional or physical stress. As with anything in life, too much and then problems arrive on the scene.

High levels of cortisol wreaks havoc on your life, puts the stop sign on fat loss and blows you up like a hot air balloon.

Carbs

Before you get any crazy ideas and decide to avoid carbs like the bubonic plague, realize carbs are essential to proper functioning on a daily basis. Carbs are vital for optimal brain functioning. Going low carb (lame) is likely to lead to decreased thyroid output (bye bye metabolism), elevated cortisol levels, decreased testosterone (not cool), shoddy immune system, and sluggishness.

Yes, carbs do add extra weight to you at times. They’re stored as glycogen, which brings in three times the amount of water. Hence, leading to extra water weight.

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After a hard workout and refueling with some rice or potatoes, pay no attention if you’re heavier the next day.

Strength training

It’s normal for resistance training, especially for beginners to cause slight gains on the scale.

Anytime you go for a training session, you’re causing tons of microscopic tears among your muscle fibers. These tears are a necessary part of the process of building muscle. You break down your muscles and supply them with nutrients, and they come back stronger the next time.

Have you ever been sore a couple days after a strength training session? These micro tears were the reason, which lead you to experiencing delayed onset muscle soreness.

These micro tears cause muscle damage leading to inflamed and swollen muscles on the worked area. Those tears are going to lead to your body triggering an immune response, which happens anytime your body receives damage. To help with inflammation, your body is going to retain water to help deal with the tears and help repair.

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Micronutrients

One of the biggest causes of bloating is due to a sudden influx of micronutrients, specifically sodium. We all have varying levels of how much sodium we need. Sodium causing water retention comes down to how much we normally consume on a daily basis.

If you’re one who normally manages their sodium intake, but goes out for pasta one night, expect to be a little bloated the next morning.

How much food is currently in your belly

What you eat and the amounts eaten on a daily basis play a huge role in your day-to-day weight. Going on a liquid diet (bad idea) with nothing but protein shakes will have you weighing less than if you choose to ingest animal protein.

However, if on a liquid diet, then you’re missing valuable minerals and vitamins, which animal proteins can provide.

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    Feel no shame the next day after eating all the protein at the cookout.

    Lastly, if you decide to drink buckets and buckets of water, expect your weight to increase, it has to hangout somewhere for the time being.

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    Constipation

    It’s only natural that we talk about poop. A lack of fluids and/or fiber will leave you struggling when it comes toilet time.

    If your body isn’t eliminating fecal matter on a consistent basis, then that food is making a residence in your intestines and colon, which will cause temporary weight gain(and discomfort).

    Avoid this problem by exercising, staying hydrated, and eating nutrient dense foods.

    Dehydration

    Dehydration happens when our bodies lack essential fluids. When you’re dehydrated, salt is going to be retained in the body. Excess salt causes extra fluid in the tissues, hence the increase in weight.

    Increasing your water intake increases urine production. Therefore, the extra salt camping in your tissues is removed through urine over time eliminating bloating.

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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