When you’re working toward a weight-loss goal, stepping on the scale and discovering you’re a few pounds lighter can motivate you to keep focusing on healthy habits. However, fluctuations on the scale could be due to water weight and not fat loss.
What we see as a decrease in body weight is a change in muscle, fat, and water. Water makes up 60% of your body weight, and it’s one of the first things you lose.
Most people with a weight-loss goal eat fewer calories, carbs, or both and exercise more often. When you cut calories and carbs for weight loss, the first place your body dips into for extra energy is glycogen (Think: stored carbohydrates), which is housed in the liver and skeletal muscles. Glycogen is usually stored with lots of water, so tapping into it releases a lot of water. Exercising more often will also cause you to lose water weight through sweat. You’re still losing fat but at a slower rate than water.
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