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What you're experiencing really is perfectly normal. It's probably nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. There are many different reasons you could retain water. Did you eat foods that were high in sodium ? Eating salty foods can cause a person to retain water. Is it hot and humid where you are ? It's hot where I am. If you are the least bit dehydrated, your body will hold on to water. So, in these hot temps, do make sure you're staying properly hydrated.
AND... not to get TMI, did you weigh yourself after a bowel movement ? Your body's waste products have weight. So, if you don't do a poop in the morning, the physical weight of all the food and water you ate the day before is still in your intestines.
Don't believe that food or water has weight ? Try it some time. Weigh yourself before and after you go to the bathroom. Did you lose weight ? YES ! Did you lose fat ? Nope... These types of fluctuations really are perfectly normal. If you were a woman, I would ask you if you were experiencing your menstrual cycle. When a woman has her monthly cycle, that too can cause her weight to go up as a result of retaining water.
You're going to see many ups and down on the scale as you lose. Don't let a typical fluctuation of this kind get you down. it really is normal behavior.
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It takes 3500 calories excess to gain a pound of actual weight. If you didn't exceed your calories over the past week, then it's unlikely the scale is reflecting a gain of actual fat. Instead, you're probably seeing normal fluctuations in fluids due to undigested matter in your intestines, hormonal fluctuations, etc. Sometimes when it's hot out, I notice I retain more fluids, for example. Don't let it get to you. Keep doing all that good stuff. The weight will come off. Consider it "money in the bank."
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