Being sick dehydrates us. You will maybe gain back 6-8 lbs. as you replenish water, and start eating again, so don't " kind of freak out " when that happens. Since you ate less though, you probably lost several lbs. due to lower calories.
As others said, just go back to what you were doing, and hopefully it is a while before you get sick again.
i agree with everyone else, just go back to what you were doing before. if you were intentionally not eating anything for four days but water, tea and jello that would be an issue. but your body is designed to not crash and burn if you get sick every now and then. i got a stomach bug once and i lost 14lbs in less than 2 days, though a decent part of that was having nothing in my digestive tract. about half of it came right back as soon as i could hold food and water down again. as long as you aren't doing this every other week, don't worry about it. if it's a regular sort of thing you'll need to find a way to hold down more, but one off things like this aren't something you need to worry about.
2/12/14 10:14 P
fitmommy is on point
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2/12/14 9:21 P
of course it's not the healthiest way to loose, but it's not like you did it on purpose. Just enjoy the bonus 10 lbs lost and carry on.
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Losing weight when sick is quite normal, and so it regaining it when you are well. Don't worry about it, but ensure that when you are well, you practice good nutrition with lots of variety, and start your exercise off gently. Gradually work it up.
Sorry you were sick---I understand sinus headaches! I usually get sick with mine somewhat and can't eat much if anything but what you stated. You will be fine though---10 pounds in 4 days is likely water and some will come back on. Besides that---not to be funny but this is true...That sounded like my diet 4 days before I had to have my colonoscopy!
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2/12/14 12:52 P
Most of that loss will be water/dehydration (think of it, if you eat nothing at all for four days that is a deficit of roughly 8000-10000 calories, which only represents 2-3 pounds of fat or muscle). So the first thing is to expect the weight to come back on as you rehydrate yourself and as your body otherwise returns to normal. Because of that the scale is going to be really unreliable for a few weeks. As a result in my experience the best thing to do is just to ignore it temporarily (you can still weigh in, but don't take it seriously). Focus instead on the process -- on getting the water you need, on getting at least the minimum calories you need, on eating the highest-quality food you can manage, and so on. (Again for me at least when I am sick I Iose my appetite for heavy proteins, grains, and vegetables and all that really sounds good is bread and some fruit. But I can still choose a slice of good bread with peanut butter and a banana over a muffin from the deli, and I can still choke down a little bit of the other stuff to get the nutrition in me. That sort of thing.)
Keep in mind that at some point your appetite may come roaring back with a vengeance, but if you hang in there for a few days that too will pass. Getting in the necessary calories and nutrition in the meantime should help.
I feel you; I spent pretty much all of November sick with a stomach bug and a couple of bad colds and coughs; and I lost about 5 pounds of real weight in addition to water. I then had to deliberately gain it back (I'm in maintenance), which as you can imagine is nerve-wracking. But I did it and have managed to stabilize again too. Hang in there, you'll be fine.
2/12/14 12:03 P
Eat what you normally would eat. Ask your doctor about the weight loss and get the opinion about that. Also, weigh in on the scale in the doctor's office.
just continue to eat healthy and do whatever exercising you can. Unfortunately it is possible that you may gain the pounds back or a portion of them. Once you start eating again and I am sure your body is looking for nourishment about now.
I lost 10 pounds when I had my real bad cold (it lasted over a month) and I gained all but 2 back. I didn't feel good with the weightloss because I knew it was because of illness.
Just continue with planning meals and don't overdo on the exercise. It was another week or two before I had enough stamina to workout more than 2x a week. Now I am back to my regular schedule and back to losing the proper way.
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9 2/12/14 11:06 A
Last week, I came down with a rather severe sinus affection which totally threw me off of my rhythm. Couldn't work, couldn't exercise and I spent two days sleeping with pounding headaches. I also didn't eat. I didn't eat anything for four days except jello, water and tea. I lost about ten pounds during that time.
I'm kinda freaked out. I want to lose weight (I certainly don't want it to come back ), but I want to lose it healthily. Ten pounds in the matter of a few days isn't healthy.
I'm still recovering and am not at full power yet, but any thoughts about how I might re-balance things?
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