When I was in Haiti recently, my body was retaining water, so I took a diuretic and lost 9 pounds overnight! I gained a total of fifteen pounds of water weight while there for a week, and it was gone within two days of returning. So yes, it's definitely possible for the body to gain that much water weight for whatever reason.
I weigh daily, so I see 3-4 lb drops, and gains some days. This is usually due to sodium being too high, or swelling in joints from doing too much work/exercise.
To gain 7 lbs of actual weight, you would need to eat an extra 24,500 calories over your energy expenditure for the day. This isn't possible. I know. I've tried it..lol.
If you have swelling, take an Ibuprofen. If it is sodium, drink a little extra water, and in a few days, you will drop back down. The holidays are approaching, and this happens. We eat foods that are not part of our regular foods ( treats ), and most often they are delicious, but not as healthy. Don't panic. Just eat healthy as much as possible, and eat whatever your relatives chase you down and ask you to try. That is life, and no one wants to tell Grandma we can't eat her brownies. It all balances out in the end.
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I'm not panicked because I know I didn't eat over 20,000 calories lol. I actually ate normally on Thanksgiving and got in 6 servings of vegetables and a normal 2,100 calories. I only drank water all day too. When I weighed in the morning before exercise, I was 248. I ate a very small plate with family, even over compensated on calories. But this morning I weighed 255.8. I do feel sore as well because yesterday I did a hard pushup workout. Could my body be retaining fluid to try repairing my muscles? Any other ideas are welcomed. Also, I know it is only fluid retention because today although I'm eating and drinking like normal, my weight is dropping back down. 3 pounds so far. Are fluctuations of this high somewhat normal? It just put me in a state of shock to step on one day and see 248, then the next day see I'm over 7 pounds heavier.
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