If you’ve ever gone on a diet, detox or juice cleanse, you probably noticed pretty significant weight loss in the first few days of your new eating regimen. You might even be trying something like this right now. It’s pretty exciting, isn’t it? You get in the habit of checking the scale on a daily basis and you’re doing a great job consistently losing. You decide to reward yourself with a few slices of delicious pizza and BAM in one night you’re back where you started. Let’s take a look at why this happens, and what you can do about it.
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What Happens When You Start Eating Healthy?
The first thing that happens when starting a new diet is immediate consciousness of the food you’re eating. Out with the bad; in with the good. For many people, this means removal of:
- Processed foods
- Sugary beverages
- Candy and snacks
- Fast food
- Restaurant food
- Basically anything that tastes delicious
After you start subbing out a lot of your convenient meals with more home-cooked vegetable dense meals, something amazing happens. The amount of salt that you eat is less, and this does something even more amazing.
New Low Sodium Diet
Food coloring also explains this concept very well. The shade of red in the “Salty Diet” cup represents a balanced ratio of sodium to water. In the “Healthy Day 1” cup, we’ve cut a lot of sodium from our diet. You can see we now have more water than food coloring (salt) and are now imbalanced. In the “Healthy Day 2” cup, we are back to balanced, but with less sodium and less water. In the body, think of the sodium as the food coloring – the color should always be roughly the same, but the total amounts of water and sodium may vary.
Can you see where I’m going with this?
In the first few days of weight loss you have less salt, less carbs and less water. This is EXACTLY how various cleanses, detoxes, and other short-term weight loss plans work. Sure, you’ve lost weight… but have you lost body fat? A big chunk of this is water weight.
This is why at Tone Body Fitness, we track weight and body fat percentage every month, as well as tape measurements and progress pictures. We want to make sure we’re seeing real progress instead of changes in water from day to day. Click here to schedule your free personal training session.
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