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I give up I just don't understand this

Monday, February 11, 2013

Not only did I not lose weight this week but I gained three pounds. Three pounds?? I have been feeling kind of sick since Thursday afternoon and barely ate anything since and I didn't stay the same, no I gained. I'm so frustrated. What this means is that in five days I have gained five pounds.

I'm so irritated. Who the heck gains weight after three days of diarrhea? I don't know maybe it's water retention although it doesn't look or feel like it.

I'm not going to stop eating healthy but boy oh boy talk about a major disincentive!
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    GOPINTOS said it all, exactly. Hang in there, and try to rest easy knowing you didn't really gain real weight. I know that's so much easier said than done (lord knows I struggle with getting upset over water weight gains even though rationally I know you cannot physically gain 11 pounds of fat in one week...) but try not to stress over it, particularly when you're feeling under the weather. It may take a few days or even a week or more of drinking lots of fluids, eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies, and maybe reducing your sodium intake a bit if you think you need an extra boost to drop that water weight - but it'll happen!
    1681 days ago
  • MARY1964
    Thanks for all the encouragement and tips, I appreciate it.
    1681 days ago
    Take it one day at a time and just keep trying. Weight loss is hard but it is not a diet but a lifestyle.
    1681 days ago
    Just give your body time to adjust after being sick. I find it takes a good week and a half for my scale to show a good loss. I can have no loss one week and over 2 lbs. the next. Don't give up!
    1681 days ago
  • ANDI571
    I know it is frustrating. I think our body goes into healing mode when we are sick and just does its thing. Stay on track and it will come off.
    1681 days ago
    When sick your cortisol levels go up. Cortisol is 'the fat storage' hormone. But don't worry; as soon as you're able to be active again the weight will disappear again.
    1681 days ago
    I agree with all, that is discouraging! However you may drop three extra pounds next week, hang in there Hun! emoticon emoticon ~Karen~
    1681 days ago
    Don't give up, Mary! The scale will reflect what you've been doing, in its own sweet time. Chances are that once you are back to normal, you'll see a positive result. And I know how hard it is to get hung up on that scale, but please remember that the scale is not always a very good indicator of progress. emoticon emoticon
    1681 days ago
    emoticon I agree with what GOPINTOS has said. I would add that I would stay FAR Away from the Scale until I was feeling completely "Well" again. Who knows what your body is up to while you are Sick and Recuperating?!
    1681 days ago
    Number two says:

    Being dehydrated can actually cause you to gain weight.


    So if you have been on the throne alot, you are probably dehydrated. Drink up!! emoticon

    And get well soon!! emoticon
    1681 days ago
    I know how frustrating it can be. The body does what it does for who knows what reasons.

    But unless you ate 10,500 calories over and above what your body burns every day just being alive, then it is not FAT gain.

    Sodium can do it. Stress can do it. Not sleeping can do it. Exercising can do it as our muscles hold onto water while it rebuilds. I have even heard that fat cells, once empty of the fat can hold water temporarily before they release it. You may be dehydrated from being ill so your body is holding onto the water it gets in preparation for the next dry spell.

    At least you know that something is up, and that you are doing all you can do. The scale will catch up emoticon
    1681 days ago
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