So you want to lose weight and went to the gym. You’re lost some weight and put it on your weight loss journal. You’re so excited to tell your friends, but when you look at the mirror, you look fatter than before. You are surprised. Are you doing something wrong?
Don’t worry, this is actually normal. Looking chubbier than you were before you started is possible and there are a number of reasons why this happens. We’ll also be talking about how we can do to prevent or reduce this. Below are the probable reasons why this happens.
Natural Body Shape
Well, once you get rid of your excess fat, you still might have to deal with sagging skin, unwanted cellulite or even a body shape that is unwanted. Have realistic expectations. Getting thin doesn’t mean you’ll look like one of those bikini models in health magazines overnight. It takes a lot of time and effort to be able to achieve and maintain that kind of body.
Water weight is how much water your body can hold water. This would depend on your body, the weather, your hormones and what you eat. It’s normally 60 percent of your body’s weight. Lack of water can make your body store water to make sure everything functions normally. Because of this, it would also make you look puffy or bloated. Make sure you have enough water by drinking at least eight glasses of water every day.
Diuretics are excessive water retained on your body. If you’re using diuretic teas or pills, make sure to consult with a doctor first. This can cause you dehydration or imbalances in your body. As mentioned earlier, too little water in your body can cause you to look fat.
This happens when you eat less food that has fewer calories or has less nutrition than what you’re used to. You can also call this as a starvation mode. Just remember that if you do this often over a long period of time, it could cause medical problems like hair loss, abnormal low blood pressure, anemia, joint swelling and even have thyroid problems and depression.
However, even if you are maintaining a balanced calorie deficit diet, your muscles use glycogen, Glycogen is your body’s energy storage good for long-term use. It is a great source of your energy when you’re doing rapid or demanding activities.
If you have a lot of glycogen, you look leaner and bigger. If you have less glycogen, your muscles look flat. So, if you look fat but lost weight, it means that your muscles lack glycogen. If your body becomes leaner, the calorie deficit index should be adjusted, depending on your body weight. This is the reason that you read in health articles that the food you eat after you workout is important.
Fats and Glycogen
When you’re exercising or doing any physical activities, your body gets its energy by your fats and your carbohydrates. Fats are energy in your body in the form of triglycerides and fatty acids found in your bloodstream and stored fat. Carbohydrates are from the food that you eat that becomes glucose or glycogen later on. To make sure though that you’re using reducing fats in your body and producing more glycogen, eat a lot of carbohydrates in your diet. Also, the more intense your workout is, the more your body would be utilizing glycogen for your body’s energy use.
Lean Is to Look Big.
Muscle actually is heavier than fat. Muscles are more defined. When you were fat, it doesn’t show the shape of your muscles. When you lost weight, it slowly shows your muscle, giving you the impression that your body looks bigger. Having a lean body will have an effect that you’re bigger and stronger than what you looked like before.
In a Nutshell
As you’ve read in health news articles, dieting is not easy, especially in the first few months. Always make sure your body is proportional. Utilize your weighing scale and your tape measure to track your progress. The mirror doesn’t lie, but it’s best if you use statistics to make sure you’re on the right track. If you’re losing weight and planning to build muscle, at first you’ll look chunkier but you will look leaner eventually.
Always set clear goals and rational expectations when you’re losing fat. It’s not about just losing weight, but it’s keeping the right attitude not just for your physical health but also your mental health. Losing those unwanted pounds won’t change who you are so be proud of yourself no matter what you look like.