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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,557
11/11/12 12:45 P

The previous posters have given you some good advice. I just wanted to add that anytime you make a change to your exercise routine (or start a new one), your muscles tend to retain water. That will cause a temporary increase on the scale, but it's totally normal and should go away soon.

Coach Jen

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11/11/12 12:45 P

Keep in mind that it takes 3500 extra calories to gain 1 pound of fat. So, no, a cup of soup and a banana did not cause you to gain 2.5 lbs overnight. Chances are it's water weight. Also, excessive sodium can cause temporary "weight" gain as well.

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11/11/12 12:37 P

As you seem to realize, weight and size fluctuates from day due to things like water retention, intestinal contents, etc. You need to come to terms with that and not confuse it with actual "fat gain."

Focus on establishing healthy habits of eating and exercise that you can maintain over time. Focus on putting the healthy processes in place and establishing them as regular habits. Don't expect miricles overnight. You may have to try a couple of different strategies before you settle into a lifestyle that will work well for you. Give it some time, try a few things -- but be consistent in maintaining a healthy lifestyle ... and eventually the weight will come off.

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11/11/12 12:15 P

I suppose I could just be retaining more water one day over another as well.

SMANISMELL SparkPoints: (76,799)
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11/11/12 12:08 P

It is not when you eat that is bad. Your body processes the food the same regardless of when you eat it. It is what you eat and how much of it that can have an effect on whether or not you gain weight. Your late night meal does not seem all that calorie heavy. Also, it is important that remember that weight can fluctuate from day to day as well as throughout different times of the day. Maybe you should just weigh once a week on the same day, same time, wearing the same thing and on the same scale to get a more accurate measure of how much you weigh. Good luck with the weight loss.

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11/11/12 11:31 A

I just started really exercising again...I'm very on and off due to chronic back pain and still dealing with torn rotator cuffs after a year, seems every time I really start up again, I gain. My stomach/waist measurement is bigger than the last couple days and I gained 2.5 pounds from yesterday even though I ate healthy and worked out at the gym - 1/2 hour on the treadmill, 175 ball crunches, and a few laps in the pool. Today is weight training.
Is late night eating really that bad? Could that be my issue? I had a bowl of healthy soup (200 calories) and a banana about 1 1/2 hours before bed...

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