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CARRIENIGN SparkPoints: (33,536)
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5/13/13 10:57 P

Lean Cuisines are also loaded with sodium! Anything premade you heat up out of a freezer is going to be full of sodium! I'm sure you eat them for convenience, because I used to too, but I would recommend trying to figure out some alternatives to those. They are not good for you!

DLPHN501 Posts: 9
5/13/13 6:53 P

I am familiar with water intoxication. But it takes at least 4 gallons a day to be harmful. That's what I read anyway. I just figured since I eat Lean Cuisine's everyday, and take in a bit too much sodium, I should try to flush some of it out.
I will keep at it tho and try not to get discouraged. Thanks everyone.

JGMARIE80 SparkPoints: (13,088)
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5/13/13 5:08 P

I weigh myself once a week. Gained .5 pounds even when I'm eating and exercising right. It seems I can't lose these stubborn pounds

MILLIFRED Posts: 672
5/13/13 4:12 P

Are you familiar with "water intoxication"? It is just as bad to go too extreme with water intake as to not drink enough! People have actually died from drinking too much water. Research it too see if I'm right

SALTATORIA SparkPoints: (1,196)
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5/13/13 4:02 P

Weighing the next day after a change isn't a good indicator, though. Weight can fluctuate daily, for a multitude of reasons. I helped my friends move last weekend, dropped four pounds overnight, and then gained it all back within a week. Any time you make a big change like that, it's best to give it a couple of weeks before judging whether it's working or not.

ANARIE Posts: 12,488
5/13/13 2:38 P

Look at your calendar, and compare weight readings that are 28 days apart. That will almost always answer the question when there's an unexpected weight change. Your body couldn't care less about weeks; it does things by the month. And no two women have exactly the same pattern. Most gain weight right before their period, but some stay high for two or three weeks and then drop at a different point in the cycle. Your calendar is a very useful tool.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,607
5/13/13 1:54 P

How often are you weighing yourself? Personally, I would not weigh more than once a week, and I don't even do it that often. Your weight can fluctuate quite a bit every day due to a huge number of factors. What you're looking for is a downward trend, not a straight line. As others have said, give your body time to "catch on" to the changes you've made.

I didn't see any mention in your post about strength training....if you don't already do so, now's the time to add in 2 full body workouts a week.

DLPHN501 Posts: 9
5/13/13 12:01 P

I have cut back on my diet cokes because of the sodium hoping that helps as well. And also grated parmesan cheese. I used to put it on everything until I realized how much sodium was in it!

SULLYL28 SparkPoints: (20,411)
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5/13/13 10:28 A

You mentioned diet soda, several of them have sodium so maybe this might be contributing. I know for myself that one day with more than usual processed foods causes me to gain, watching my sodium and drinking plenty of water will usually fix it for me.

DLPHN501 Posts: 9
5/13/13 9:29 A

I think increasing my water intake has helped. I doubled my water intake to 28 glasses, and I lost 2 lbs overnight.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,496)
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5/8/13 8:46 A

Increasing water intake is usually a good idea, but it won't flush any water retention from your body. Yes, water retention is a common, normal side effect of increased exercise intensity, but that's a natural process, and it will release that water when your body no longer needs it. Drinking more water won't hasten the process. :) Your body isn't a toilet, and it can't be flushed!

DLPHN501 Posts: 9
5/8/13 8:34 A

Thanks for all the feedback. I have already taken everything into account, and nothing is different from any other time I try to lose "holiday weight". I just don't understand why this time is different. I am leaning towards it being an issue with too much sodium. I read something that said when your muscles are healing from exercise, you retain more water than normal in the healing process. I am going to try and increase my water intake to see if that helps. Although I think I may end up floating away, LOL.

I also think the time that I am exercising in the afternoon is taking a part in this. I used to work out at either 10:30am or 2:30pm, and I recently switched to 1pm. I don't know how that would make a difference since it's only 90 mins difference, but it's the only thing that I have done differently. So today I will go back to 10:30 am and see how that goes after a week or so.

Edited by: DLPHN501 at: 5/8/2013 (08:51)
ARTEMISTHEGREEK Posts: 273
5/7/13 8:01 P

If you gained four pounds overnight, and you have been trying to restrict, it may be water weight, if what you did eat was high in sodium.

There will also be vagaries from day to day (salt, fluid intake, do you weigh yourself at the same time each day?), so I try to weigh myself only once or twice a week.

Certain meds, like prednisone and many of the other steroids, will cause you to retain weight. You got to take this into account, too.

PS, time in menstrual cycle will also add or remove weight. I forgot to add that since I am post menstrual. In other words, don't weigh every day. AND is this just recent, or as Becky asks,, a long period of observation?

Edited by: ARTEMISTHEGREEK at: 5/7/2013 (20:14)
LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
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5/7/13 7:32 P

I am in my 60's and my calorie range is between 1200-1550 calories per day. I usually eat 3 days hovering around 1200 and then one day of close to 1550. That works best for me.Maybe you are not eating enough?

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,701
5/7/13 2:48 P

To make your Nutrition Tracker public, you would first need to create a sparkpage (it can be very brief), there is a button to click to make the tracker public.

There are some people who will not lose weight on 1500 calories; for example being over 60, shorter in height, very inactive lifestyle/job, medical condition (hypothyroid), etc. They usually have to drop back to about 1100-1300 daily.

Not knowing your situation it is difficult to say.

If this has been going on for weeks/months; then I suggest a complete physical and perhaps a counseling session with a Registered Dietitian for your needs may be different than our Sparkpeople "general" program meets.

Becky

DLPHN501 Posts: 9
5/7/13 2:33 P

The only thing that I don't track is my diet soda, but everything else I do. And yes, I measure and weigh. My SP calorie range is 1200-1550 and that is what I stay within.
How do I make my tracker public?

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,701
5/7/13 1:33 P

Are you tracking your food intake? Weighing and measuring all your foods and beverages?
What is your typical calorie intake each day?
What is your SP calorie range?

If you make your NUTRITION TRACKER public, I may be able to help more.

Becky
SP Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

DLPHN501 Posts: 9
5/7/13 1:05 P

I know it wasn't 4 lbs of fat, and about the flucuations, but it's still disheartening. I figured it would come back off in 2-3 days...but it's been over 2 weeks now. And I drink a LOT of water, about 12 cups per day, plus 3-4 when i exercise. I thought maybe I was retaining water, but that make sense with all the water I consume.

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
5/7/13 1:01 P

1 pound equals 3500 calories - so unless you ate 14,000 calories over your limit in the last 24 hours, you did not gain 4 pounds of fat overnight.

Our bodies fluctuate weight for many different reasons throughout the day. Water retention, sodium levels, monthly cycles, eating a big meal - all may make the scale move within a 5 pound range in a single day!

Keep exercising and eating within your ranges. It may take a little time for your body to catch up to the changes you're making, but it will start to follow suit. And don't burn yourself out on all the exercise! It's ok to start slow when you're just starting - whether for the first time, or again.

Edited by: MEGAPEEJ at: 5/7/2013 (13:02)
DLPHN501 Posts: 9
5/7/13 12:49 P

Every time I try to get back into a good groove of eating better and exercising, I lose about 3-5 lbs in the first week, no doubtably water. This time was no exception, except that after 8 days, I literally gained it back overnight! And then as the rest of the week went on, another pound was gained. I continued to exercise and keep my nutrition in range with no avail. I do about 35 mins of the elliptical per day, 5x/week, plus 35 mins of one of my fitness DVD's (abs and/or cardio) 3-4x/week.
In the first week that I gained all the weight back, I had burned over 900 calories (I use a personal HRM). The next week I burned about 1,500 calories and still none of it came off. I have even tried to swap out some of my snacks for fruit, but I don't know if that makes it worse because of the sugar.
Any thoughts / advice?

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