If you eat right and exercise, the weight will come off. That's what the research shows. It just won't come off in any predictable way. There will be ups and downs for reasons that nobody has ever been able to explain.
But you don't really want to lose a pound this week. What you want to do is be healthy for the rest of your life. Right? So keep exercising. Keep eating right. Over time there will be progress.
Are you tracking your food intake? Sometimes foods that we think of as healthy that are loaded with hidden calories or fat. Other than that, don't let a blip on the scale throw you off course. If I had to guess, I would think that your "before" weight was taken when you were dehydrated. If you have been exercising more you may be drinking more. Or you may be drinking more water for general health.
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21,139 2/28/13 1:24 P
Actually, what you're experiencing isn't unusual at all. Unless you ate an extra 24,500 calories, you did not gain 7 pounds of fat. In order to truly gain one pound of fat, a person needs to eat an extra 3,500 on top of their normal intake. So, if you didn't eat that much extra food, then you didn't gain fat. Why did you gain weight ? Easy, water retention.
Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope. it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days. I can easily gain or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of water retention.
And well, not to get TMI, but 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 you ate before that last movement is still in your body. The food you eat has weight. the water you drink has weight. your waste products have weight. These can all cause the scale to go up even though you eat the exact number of calories.
In short, don't worry, this really is normal. Your body just needs a few days to release that water weight.
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HI CANDYGIRL4906 ,
Our weight is not and never will be a constant number--the reason there are so many factors that affect the number on the scale--your diet, hydration, workouts, even hormones.
The scale is just one tool for measuring one's progress, unfortunately it is not the most reliable in telling one's 'REAL' progress or one's true health/fitness picture. Sticking with a sound nutrition plan, exercise including, cardio, strength training and flexibility workouts, managing stress, and getting plenty of sleep is a surefire way to get you to meet your goals sooner than later.
The worst thing you can do to break your motivation is by stepping on the scale all the time. This journey is so much more than losing weight and getting fit...it is truly a journey of self-discovery-I call this, the why I do what I do when I do scenario. When we start to make a conscious connection to doing what we know is not in our best interest only then can we change.
Hang in there!
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It's just a fluctuation. You should try to weigh yourself weekly to get a real picture of the direction your weight is going. My weight can fluctuate up to 5 pounds due to salt, my cycle, workouts, etc.
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So i weighed myself sunday and I was curious what the scales would say today. It says i've gained 7 pounds : ( I've been right and exercising. Any ideas?
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