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ANARIE
Posts: 12,379
7/26/09 9:00 P

It's the sinus thing. Any sort of congestion or infection can make you retain water, and even make you gain a little "defensive" weight. Your body knows there's a battle coming up, so it slows down a bit and packs away a little extra reserve to keep you from getting weak from the infection. I honestly don't know if you can absorb any sodium through your nose, but the illness itself could very well be what caused that little uptick on the scale.

As for the peanut butter, "fattening" isn't a particularly useful word. All food is fattening. It's just that some of it provides more nutrition per calorie than others. Peanut butter has lots of calories, but you get quite a lot of nutrition in exchange for the calories. It's kind of like the word "expensive." Is a $100 pair of running shoes expensive, if they keep you from getting a stress fracture that would cost $1500 to cure? What about a $20 pair of shoes that fall apart if you get them wet? It all depends on what quality you're getting for your money or calories.



JULIEN*
Posts: 5,331
7/26/09 8:40 P

Eh, maybe you had an extra glass of water or something before you weighed? I'm sure it was just weight and not a growth of fat cells on your body.



SYK1012
Posts: 758
7/26/09 8:23 P

peanut butter is one of those things that is good for you in small quantities but its just so damn good its hard to keep it portioned.

thankfully i've found Better n' Peanut Butter ( http://www.betternpeanutbutter.com/) they sell it at trader joes and some other grocery stores. It has a more melty consistency but i prefer it to regular peanut butter which tends to get stuck to the top of my mouth haha

anyway for serving size of 2 tbsp it is 100 cal 2g fat, 13g carbs, 2g sugars, 4g protein and 2g fiber.



SYK1012
Posts: 758
7/26/09 8:22 P

peanut butter is one of those things that is good for you in small quantities but its just so damn good its hard to keep it portioned.

thankfully i've found Better n' Peanut Butter ( http://www.betternpeanutbutter.com/) they sell it at trader joes and some other grocery stores. It has a more melty consistency but i prefer it to regular peanut butter which tends to get stuck to the top of my mouth haha

anyway for serving size of 2 tbsp it is 100 cal 2g fat, 13g carbs, 2g sugars, 4g protein and 2g fiber.



IVYLASS
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Posts: 6,520
7/26/09 6:11 P

Any food can be fattening if you eat too much of it. A serving size of peanut butter is two tablespoons, about 190 calories. As long as you factor that into your calorie budget for the day you can have it.



RHANEK3
Posts: 7
7/26/09 5:33 P

I love peanut butter! Peanut butter is high in fat, but it is "good fat". I would stick to Natural or organic Peanut butter because those are not riddled with all those hydrogenated oils. Almond butter is great as well.



MIZEMILY
Posts: 30
7/26/09 5:19 P

ohh wow !!! now that you mentioned sodium that made me think..My sinuses have been killing me so I've been snorting salt water for the last 3 days.

that couldn't be the same as eating sodium though could it?

~Emily



PWRHSE2
Posts: 3,545
7/26/09 4:35 P

Peanut Butter is a healthy fat but too much of that can be bad as well. Peanut Butter also has alot of sodium depending on what kind you eat. Sodium can make you retain water. Fruit has sugar too, so if you are eating too much fruit that can add up to a lot of sugar and carbs.
If it's only one pound you should have no problem getting that off so I realy wouldn't worry too much.
Your already aware of what you are doing and not doing and that's half the battle.





GOPHEROON
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7/26/09 4:23 P

As a thought, perhaps stress is the fattening factor here. Being short of funds makes staying on track all the more harder.

Best of luck with your efforts, and remember to keep tracking and exercising.



JANESMISSION
Posts: 2,030
7/26/09 3:48 P

Its one pound on one day, so I wouldn't be too worried about it. A zillion things could have caused the fluctuation - too much sodium, more water than usual, etc. Peanut butter in moderation is not fattening. If you are staying within your calorie and fat ranges, I wouldn't worry about one week of your weight fluctuating a bit.



MIZEMILY
Posts: 30
7/26/09 3:23 P

I've been short on funds this month, so for the last 2 weeks I've been eating things I already have in the house that I don't normally eat such as 1 to 2tbs skippy extra chunky pb. (I usually eat raw almonds)
I've noticed my pants a bit tighter and when I weighed on the scale this morning I was up a pound...which I shouldn't be because my exercise and calories are the same as alwasy (1440-1480) It's not time for my monthly. The only thing I can think of is the peanut butter.
Well I've been eating a little more carbs than normal too but in the form of fruit...such as a banana in the morning, an apple for snack, another apple or a banana in the evening... that kind of thing. I don't know what to think I'm stumped!!!

thanks ~~Emily~~



 
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