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1/20/13 10:36 P

If you are building muscle that weight more than fat does. And be sure you are measuring what you eat. Portions caon be decptive - don't just eyeball it especially if you've been doing this a while. Check how big a serving is on packages. They usually list a smaller amount than what you might think is appropriate.

Monthly hormone swings can change who much water you retain too so just keep an eye on all of the above and wieght yourself at the same time each week - preferable in the same clothes.

the other comments are right on - drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and remember your body will want to hang onto what it has as it might think you are starving it if you cut back the calories too much or a large percentage suddenly.

1/19/13 3:20 P

I find that when I haven't been good about getting my eight glasses of water down every day that my weight will fluctuate like that. Make sure you are drinking your water. Don't give up - it all balances out in the end.

Edited by: CAROLINAKIWI at: 1/19/2013 (15:20)
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1/17/13 2:55 P


What you're experiencing is not unusual. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? 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.

I can easily gain as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of water retention. And well, not to get TMI, but when is the last time you had a bowel movement ? Your waste products have weight. So, if you don't do a poop in the morning, the physical weight of all the food and water you ate the day before is still in your body. That too can cause the scale to go up.

Unless you ate 20,000+ extra calories this week, you did not gain 6 pounds of fat. However, it is extremely easy to retain water. Which in turn will cause the scale to go up.

Don't worry, this really will pass in a few days. it's just water retention.

1/17/13 2:40 P

Our bodies are strange machines. Your weight can fluctuate as much as SEVEN pounds on any given day, depending on how much salt you've eaten, how much water you've drank, etc.

Look around here on the forums, and you'll find plenty of posts just like yours, with the same complaint.

Remember, a pound = eating 3500 calories. Have you eaten 6 x 3500 calories today?


Edited by: LILLIPUTIANNA at: 1/17/2013 (14:41)
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1/17/13 1:38 P

i have been working out n eating right n somehow i gained six pounds in a week...any insight explaining why would be greatly appreciated

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