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9/25/12 11:03 A


If you read through the replies in this thread, what you're experiencing IS perfectly normal. It's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that will pass in a few days. I can easily gain or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of a shift in my water weight.

Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to "gain" weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain or muscle gain that week ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that will pass in a few days.

In short, you're normal. You're just retaining water. it will pass in a few days.

JOYOUS736 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/25/12 11:01 A

Ugh! I gained 3lbs since last weigh in. I know muscle weighs more but this is ridiculous and very discouraging.

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9/24/12 5:20 P

I agree with Mojita..

I have been watching calories and watching sodium.. it's amazing how just one meal can cause that kind of flux in weight.. but hang in there.. don't let the scale get the better of you.. and focus process that you have made...

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9/24/12 3:59 P

Isn't water weight the worst? If I even look at a restaurant meal, I' up 3 pounds the next day.

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9/24/12 9:57 A

Ugh- What a horrible feeling though. I am in the same boat right now. I know it is close to "that time" and the cravings have been getting the best of me. But to see a gain of 4 lbs in a wknd is very discouraging.
I got back on the horse, so to speak, this morning and took the Gator for a walk at 5am, I'll try to get a lunchtime walk in before I hit the gym after work. And as for food? I had my egg whites this morning, about to have a protein shake, then I've got homemade veggie soup for lunch and a yogurt for an afternoon snack. Should be a good start to a better week's weigh in!

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9/24/12 12:18 A

Coach Nancy- you always have good feedback and information. Thanks!

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9/23/12 6:08 A


As others have noted, water retention is the most probably cause of your weight gain and bloating. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to "gain" weight as well as bloat during their menstrual cycle. Is this a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

Are you near your cycle ? If so, that would explain the gain and bloating. Even if you're not near your cycle, there are many other reasons your body could retain water and bloat.

What to do ? Keep drinking water to flush your system. If you are the least bit dehydrated your body will retain water. Just be aware that losing the bloat could take a few days. So, don't beat yourself up over this gain. it's just water weight, nothing more.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,218
9/23/12 6:07 A

Sugar also causes bloat, and sugar alcohols. Too many Carbohydrates can cause gas & bloating such as rice, potatoes, and pasta, beans and peas. There is a lot of salt in bread and cheese and breakfast cereals,,check out your cereals and omit bread.

Retaining excess fluids can leave you feeling bloated ...drink more water


There are high levels of sakt in fast food and restaurant meals and processed foods. If you stick to a low salt diet, it willprobably consist of the lower calorie, healthier foods associated with weight loss.

Good Luck

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9/22/12 11:07 P

You can still go to the bathroom o.k. and retain fluid. This used to happen to me all the time. My GP put me on Diuretics for it because it was physically problematic rather than just frustrating.


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9/22/12 9:05 P

Hi thanks for all of the responses. I don't have a problem going to the bathroom. I'm just going to keep on trucking. No parties and wine for a while!

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9/22/12 8:59 P

You say that your stomach is bloated. The reason for your weight difference can be just here - in your intestines. Think when you last went to the bathroom. This plus water retention are probably the culprits. Don't worry and continue your healthy eating and exercising.

MAMA_CD Posts: 1,507
9/22/12 7:28 P

it sounds discouraging, but probably just retaining water. Keep up the good work and expect a loss soon.

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9/22/12 6:40 P


Because our bodies are made up between 50-65% water, ANY fluctuation in our diets, hydration, workouts and hormones can lead to a shift on the scale. This is why it is so important not to use a single weigh-in as a benchmark for your success. Weight loss is measured over a period of time. To gain 4 pounds of fat would have required you to eat well over 12,000 calories above and beyond what your body needed which is difficult to do in the course of 4 days. Hang in there.

Coach Nancy

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9/22/12 6:26 P

Don't worry - what you describe is fluid retention, and possibly associated with TOM, and because if you have been eating really healthy the last couple months, the meals you have eaten out are probably a lot higher in sodium and possibly carbs.

Congratulations on the weightl oss so far. I am sure that you will reach your goal - you are going along nicely :-)


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 9/22/2012 (18:27)
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9/22/12 6:18 P

Ok, so I'm working out 4 days a week weights cardio etc. I lost 7 lbs in 2 months. I watch my calories too. This week I have gained 3 lbs and my stomach is bloated. I have had some wine and eating out a couple days. I drink alot of water as well. But I am exercising vigorously. What could this be? Frustrating.

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