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RENATA144 SparkPoints: (207,563)
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3/4/14 11:39 P

Weight fluctuates. Don't panic. Watch your salt .

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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3/4/14 10:44 P

You don't have to give up pizza and Chinese food. You can either chose healthier versions or learn to make your own.
We make pizza a couple of times a month. We make our own dough and sauce and choose our healthier toppings.

Same thing with Chinese food.
You could also talk to your favorite Chinese restaurant owner and ask about lower sodium options ..who knows, they may already have options for you.

LADYBIRD82 Posts: 1,700
3/4/14 7:36 P

Salt does it to me every time. Watch what you eat, drink eater and it will go down.

PAMLICO-DAZE SparkPoints: (46,810)
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3/4/14 7:33 P

It is probably water weight. We all go up and down on the scale depending on what you eat, when you weigh and how much you exercise. Sleep and Stress are also factors. Hang in there.

QUEEN-EYDIE Posts: 12,472
3/4/14 5:48 P

Just laugh it off---it'll go away. emoticon

This makes me think of every time I walk my favorite 9-mile trail, the next day I GAIN at least 3 pounds. it's crazy, it's not "real" weight gain, so just look at it as interesting physiological weirdness!

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
3/4/14 10:09 A

OP: I agree with what everyone else has said. You are extremely unlikely to have gained four pounds of fat or muscle (of course, gaining muscle is good) in three days.

It's just a blip on the scale.

Edited by: EMPRESSAMQ at: 3/4/2014 (19:13)
3/4/14 9:29 A

That happened to me this past weekend. I was 191.8 Friday morning and weighed in Monday morning at 195.8

BAD EATING all weekend did that to me.

PFARRAR65 SparkPoints: (37,141)
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3/4/14 9:04 A

When I gain like that it is usually because of water retention

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/4/14 7:51 A

Here's the thing about the pizza, or chinese...or any food like that.

I will use chinese as my example.

Say I have chinese for dinner..with everything else I've eaten that day, I even go a little higher calorie wise, say 1,700.

Now, to lose (for me) is 1200-1500, those extra 200 is not going to make me gain weight - remember, a pound is about 3,500 calories.

I eat the chinese, and weight myself the next day, and see a gain of 3 pounds - but I don't panic...cause I know it's water weight and will go away in a few days.

So, basically, I go into it (eating the chinese) knowing that I'm gonna see a gain, but it's ok - cause it's temporary. I don't stop eating chinese. I don't eat it every week, but once a month we get it. I like chinese, I can't imagine going my whole life never eating it again.

PIzza (or whatever) shouldn't be off of your menu if you like it. You don't eat it every day, and as long as it works into your daily range (you don't binge and eat 5 slices), it's fine to eat - you just go into it knowing that it might give you a temporary water weight gain.

That's life. Pizza is life ;)

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (564,684)
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3/3/14 11:39 P

Just watch what you eat and workout more!!!!!

PERKYPUP6260 SparkPoints: (1,794)
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3/3/14 9:26 P

I shouldn't have only eaten a piece of chicken... but I was in a hurry, however ordinarily I make myself a veggie egg white omelet or eggs and a slice of 12 grain toast. It kind of sucks thought because I LOVE pizza :(

ETHELMERZ Posts: 19,689
3/3/14 9:17 P

Pizza is one of the worst offenders for sodium and everything else, if I eat pizza, I don't weigh myself the next day, period! It's as bad as spaghetti, the sauce is not great for a person. Just move on, try to eat more regularly, a piece of chicken for breakfast is not enough, by dietitian would tell me that, I used to do that kind of thing, too, when I was young.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,363
3/3/14 9:03 P

emoticon CBUNNY01
sodium can really make someone retain water and processed foods are loaded with it. People look to chips and pretzels as the culprit, but I took a bread quiz on WebMD and learned the following:
"If you eat toast in the morning, a sandwich at lunch, and a roll with dinner, you're not just loading up on carbohydrates. You're also eating a lot of salt. Most Americans get too much salt. And bread and rolls are the No. 1 source,
beating out chips and other junk food. A single slice of bread isn't high in salt. But eating bread several times a day adds up. Too much salt raises blood pressure. It can put you at risk of heart attack or stroke. "

PERKYPUP6260 SparkPoints: (1,794)
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3/3/14 8:50 P

I am definitely going to be tracking my sodium intake for sure! I've been downing water ALL day today so hopefully my body will realize I'm not "dehydrating" it lol. I feel much better now that the day is almost done. I danced to some loud music while I was doing the dishes then lifted weights for a while... so I feel better. I am never looking back! :D

CBUNNY01 SparkPoints: (4,722)
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3/3/14 8:25 P

Sorry for not adding this to my previous post. I think sodium should be tracked as closely as calories. It does make the body retain water. I think the DASH diet is so successful in part due to the close monitoring of salt. If you remove salt you remove most processed foods and eat a whole lot healthier.

CBUNNY01 SparkPoints: (4,722)
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3/3/14 8:23 P

I will almost ALWAYS gain weight after a day of intense exercise. Ignore the scale, it lies. Good for you for getting all that great exercise in over the weekend. When my muscles "get puffy" as someone put it, I try to drink a lot of water/green tea the next day. Also - the sodium in the pizza made the situation worse. IGNORE THE SCALE. DON'T EVEN RECORD THE NUMBER.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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3/3/14 8:11 P

LOL, you did NOT gain 4#s! You are likely retaining water, have "puffy" muscles from all of your workouts and just need a few days for your body to adjust.

It's quite disheartening to see the scale go up. I went up 3 pounds on Saturday and Monday I'm down 2.5. There is no way that is true as I have not changed my diet or workouts...but I am "hormonal".

Give it a day or two and we will both be back to normal!

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/3/14 12:25 P

Sodium is in a lot of processed foods - you really have to read labels.

One slice of pizza can be half of someones daily allowance for sodium.

Lol..when I eat Chinese, I put on 3 pound easily overnight due to water retention/sodium :(

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3/3/14 12:13 P

WOW thank you for the article I appreciate it! I always thought the whole "water retention" thing was in the beginning of weight loss... I never knew it could come back! Thanks!!

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3/3/14 12:12 P

Wow see I NEVER thought about sodium intake being an issue... I've only been focusing on calorie intake. I wonder if that could be one of the issues I'm having, I'll have to add it to the tracker :) It just sucks because it's so discouraging you know? It's hard to stick with what I've been doing when I don't see the scale moving... perhaps I should just hide the scale and stick with watching my clothes get looser :/

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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3/3/14 12:12 P

This is a normal, healthy reaction to a new, more intense exercise routine:

SONICB Posts: 4,378
3/3/14 12:07 P

Some of it could be water retention. I know that whenever I start up a new fitness routine, my body retains more water. It usually goes away after I stick to the routine for a couple of weeks. Just watch your sodium intake and make sure that you are staying hydrated! Not drinking enough water prompts your body to store more of it.

ALMISSE SparkPoints: (27,250)
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3/3/14 12:06 P

1. Food weight. If you'd been eating more, and it hasn't all "come out" yet, it's going to add weight.
2. Water retention. Drinking too little can cause your body to retain more.
3. Muscle gain, you could be building muscle causing your body to gain but without adding actual inches.
4. Switch it up. Maybe you need to drastically vary your work out. Work different muscle groups, and switch up your cardio. Maybe try a kettlebell routine for a combo of aerobic, and anaerobic exercise at once, or HIIT.
5. Change your calories. You could be eating too little, or missing calories you have consumed. Vary it up a little, and see how it goes.

You certainly didn't gain four pounds of fat in that time. You'd have to eat more than 3500cals a day over what you already burned. It's just a plateau, and they suck. You'll get through it though, don't get discouraged.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/3/14 12:03 P

The sodium in the pizza - sodium in the dough, sodium in the pizza sauce, and especially the sodium in the pepperoni!!

If I don't watch my sodium I can EASILY put on 4 pounds overnight due to water retention.

You can set your tracker to also track sodium.

Watch your sodium intake for a few days and chug a ton of will go away.

Edited by: EELPIE at: 3/3/2014 (12:11)
PERKYPUP6260 SparkPoints: (1,794)
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3/3/14 11:51 A

Hey everyone!
I was wondering if anyone knows how I could possible have gained 4 pounds in a 3 day period? I've been exercising A LOT more ... I jog 2-3 days a week for at least a half hour, I also went hiking up in Mt. Charleston this Saturday for three hours in the snow... it was really strenuous and the snow was more than a foot deep in several places... I logged it into sparkpeople and it said I burned 1600 calories (holy crap didn't even know that was possible) lol. I also helped my grandma with moving out of her house yesterday and was lifting boxes and moving furniture with my family all day. So I have been exercising.

That being said, no I haven't really been eating right because I've been so busy, for instance yesterday for breakfast I had a little leftover chicken, and lunch/dinner I ate a slice of pizza hut pepperoni pizza. But even so, the moving alone said I lost at least 450 calories... I just don't get it, how could I POSSIBLY be gaining weight?? :( I've been stuck between 193 and 195 for the last two months, and just recently started losing again, I was 191... then suddenly three days later (today) I weigh 195 AGAIN!! I'm getting discouraged and I'm doing this alone, so I just don't know what to do :( Does anyone have any ideas on what could possible be going on with me?

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