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During the nineties, the debate over how much protein should be taken was finally settled. It was accepted at that time that athletes who participated in those sports that required strength and endurance needed to be taking in more protein than was originally thought.
There are three major variations to consider when you are weighing yourself. Primarily, the scales will display changes in:
1. Muscle Mass
2. Fat Mass
3. Fluid Retention
Another factor to consider is the amount of food consumed - obviously if you consumed a large meal prior to weighing yourself, the scales will read a relatively higher figure. However assuming this is not the case, you should focus on the above three variables.
Of course there are your organs, bone structure, blood etc. that add up to the final body mass figure, however these do not typically fluctuate at the same rate as muscle/fat/fluid.
A significant weight loss or gain in a short amount of time such as you have described could primarily be the result of fluid retention. Fluid retention can be affected by many factors, two of which being:
1. Sodium retention
2. Glycogen retention
Sodium, a mineral, is most commonly associated with table salt (chemically sodium chloride). An increase in sodium retention can increase the amount of water retained within cells of the human body. A simple example of this is when you consume a food that is particularly salty, you become thirsty. This is because your body requires more water in order to dilute the higher sodium concentration within the bodily cells.
Glycogen is simply carbohydrate stored within muscle cells which is a great source of energy. Without going into too much detail, every gram of glycogen stored requires approximately 2.7g of water within the muscle cells. By increasing your carbohydrate dietary intake, this can increase your glycogen retention, thus increasing water retention.
Fat could be a contributor in your situation, but it is extremely unlikely that it is as significant as fluid retention. The process in which fat is created is much slower than how much fluid can be retained in the same short timeframe.
On the other hand, relative to fat, muscle is built extremely slowly in males and even slower in females due to hormonal differences. For an average male, building 5 kg of lean muscle mass (11 lbs) in an entire year is a phenomenal achievement. Without the use of steroids, this would only be achieved by following a strict and consistent nutritional and training regime. In 3 days, you would not be able to build any substantial amount of muscle in order to affect the readings on the scales.
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