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11/30/11 1:14 P


As the others have stated any food in excess can lead to a gain on the scale, however, I have never heard that spinach can be fattening. There is a lot of misinformation out there and trust me, it can be very confusing at times, which is why I read as much as I can.

Your current weight is within the 'normal' range for your body mass index for someone of your height, but remember your weight is only one indicator as to how you are doing. What we must remember is that weight only tells us what we weigh--it does not determine how healthy and fit we are which is one reason I tell people not to get too hung up on the number, especially on a single day.

Because our bodies are made up of well over 50% water any deviation in our diet, workouts, hydration and hormones can lead to a shift on the scale that has nothing to do with your success.

As for when the best time to weigh...most experts recommend first thing in the morning after going to the ladies room, however, the goal is to do so about the same time each time you weigh.

I hope this helps!
Coach Nancy

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11/30/11 11:33 A

Anything is fattening if you eat enough, but you'd have to eat a lot of spinach to fatten up if nothing has been added to it.

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11/30/11 10:01 A


Can spinach be fattening ? If it's made with a cream sauce, sure it can be fattening. However, blanched/boiled or even raw spinach is not high in calorie. Can a person get fat by eating spinach ? They could. However, the amount of spinach a person would have to eat in order to gain weight is pretty astronomical. One bag of spinach only has 50 calories.

You have to be careful what you read on "blogs". there is a lot of misinformation out there. Yes, it's true that a person can gain weight IF they eat too much of anything. However, if an American should be overeating anything, they should be overeating their fresh fruit and veggies.

Don't worry about the spinach. the spinach isn't the reason you think you might be gaining weight or not losing fast enough.

Because you're at a very healthy weight for your height, taking off that last two pounds will not be easy. You really will see many ups and downs on the scale. If you see a 1-2 pound "gain" on the scale, it's not because you ate spinach or almonds. What you're experiencing is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain.

Ever notice your weight goes up during your period ? 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. Also, don't weigh yourself every morning and every night. Pick one or the other. Yes, you will be heavier in the evening than the morning.

Why ? Because of the physical weight of the food and water you eat/drink during the day. Your food has weight. water has weight. I can prove it. get on the scale first thing in the morning. then drink 4 glasses of water. get back on the scale. did you gain weight ? YES. Did you gain fat ? NO !

The scale is easily manipulated. so, don't assume you're eating the wrong foods and gaining weight. I can easily gain 3-4 pounds in a day. it's not a fat gain and it's not because I ate too much spinach. it's because I'm retaining water. and that's perfectly normal.

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11/30/11 9:41 A

Hi Coach Nancy, Thanks for replying to my question about almonds i apreciate it. I try to eat as healthy as I can. But sometimes i read things that confused me and frustate me, because i am thinking I am doing well and find out that I am not doing as well as I am thinking, anyhow my ? this time is about spanich, I usually try to make me a breakfast burrito with egg sub, i use canola oil tomato onion and spinach, but i read something that left me confused, one of the blogs or massage board some said something about spinach being fatning, can you explain that to me please?
I also almost reach the weight i wanted I am 2 Lbs. to my goal. I am 34 yrs old, 4.11 heith and now I am 117 Lbs. Is that the right weight for a short person like me? Also witch weight counts? the morning weight or the evening weight?
and I work out in the morning and in the evening Am I over doig it.

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