Weight Watchers is a long term meal and weight management program designed to help you lose weight at a moderate pace and keep it off. Because the weight loss happens in small increments, there may be days and weeks when you gain weight.
Here’s how you can tell if your weight gain is only temporary, and nothing to worry about, or if something is structurally wrong with your diet plan that needs to be changed.
Normal Weight Fluctuations
Most people don’t maintain a steady and consistent weight indefinitley. Everyone has a range, usually 3-5 pounds, where their weight will fluctuate.
This is very normal, but when you’re on a diet and trying to lose weight, it’s quite alarming when your weight fluctuates in the wrong direction.
Here’s some very normal, and often temporary, reasons for weight gain.
Your body is mostly water, and how much it retains is directly correlated to your daily sodium and how much water you’re drinking. If you aren’t drinking enough water, it can influence your body to store and retain more.
Some people are also very sensitive to sodium, so what may not be a problem for other people, can cause headaches for others. If you’ve switched to more foods with higher sodium, while on Weight Watchers, it could be the source of the problem.
Not to get gross, but you could but full of you know what, and in need of a good bowel movement. It happens. It causes bloat, extra inches around your waist, and can add several pounds on the scale.
Adding muscle mass can take a considerable amount of time, but it can be the reason why you don’t seem to be losing weight as fast as you’d like. It’s not unusual to lose 2-3 pounds of body fat, and gain 1-2 pounds of muscle.
Losing only one pound on the scale can feel very disappointing, but any muscle mass you’re able to add will increase your metabolic rate and influence the amount of calories you burn each day.
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Weight Watchers Problems
Guessing What You’re Eating
As with most diets, everyone will eventually reach a state of comfort and familiarity with their diet routine that can lead to a lack of precision. This takes form in guessing the points in the food you’re eating, or deciding not to measure or weigh your food.
Doing this once in a while, won’t cause you problems, but deviating from the precision of the point system on a daily basis can lead to over eating and weight gain.
Small Calories Add Up
Trying to add up all the points you’re eating can seem a bit tedious at times, especially when it comes to condiments or toppings. You can pull out your app, chart, or calorie calculator and figure out how much this ketchup is going to cost, or you could dismiss it altogether.
It may seem inconsequential at the time, but not including these 1-2 points per meal, can add up by the end of the day to being well over your point total.
Not Drinking Enough Water
In addition to helping with water retention, drinking the recommended amount of water on the diet will help curb hunger cravings and plays a large role in how your body burns fat. Drinking adequate amounts of water each day has shown to raise your metabolic rate by as much as 30%.
Unfortunately, drinking water is often one of the more dreaded aspects of the diet for most people. You can try adding slices of different citrus fruit to add variety, but drinking enough water is an integral aspect of the program that shouldn’t be avoided.
Not Being Honest
Everyone who has ever been on a diet has to deal with the torment of honestly recording what you’re eating. Sometimes it’s a conscious decision, and sometimes it’s something you aren’t aware of, but most people find a way to bend the truth.
It could be a tiny little white lie, like a hershey’s treat you aren’t counting. And sometimes it’s a big juicy slab of chocolate cake – also not counting, haha.
It’s better to be brutally honest with your points everyday, even if that means staring at a point total you don’t like. You can always try harder the next day, and give yourself something to focus on, but if you’re lying to yourself there’s no way the diet can work for you.
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