HCG is a scam and doesn't work anyway; if you're talking about over the counter drops, they're illegal anyway, and just bottles of water. If you're talking about the injections, you should stay far away from any doctor willing to give them to you for weight loss.
Fancy pills and such won't make you lose weight, anyway. You can't reset your metabolism; your body isn't a computer, and it can't be rebooted.
Have you been regularly tracking your food? Start there, and weigh and measure what you eat... yes, all of it. You can't make healthy changes to your diet if you don't know where you are now. If you're estimating, the odds are that you are underestimating how much you're actually eating. I used to think I was pretty good at knowing what I was eating; breaking out the scales and measuring cups was a huge wakeup call for me.
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
What you're experiencing is not unusual. It's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. 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. PMS/menstrual cycle is one reason for weight gain.
What's another ? Exercise. When you work your muscles intensely, your muscle fibers soak up water like a sponge. This is what they are supposed to do. Your muscles will release any excess water they don't need once your body adapts to the new exercise routine. How long will that take ? This will vary from person to person, but figure it could take a week to two weeks for your body to release that excess water.
I have gained and lost as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of water retention. During my cycle I can gain/lose 5-7 pounds.
Don't freak out. weight gain when starting an exercise routine, really IS perfectly normal. with time, your body will adjust. For now, you might want to lay off weighing yourself if you tie your emotions to the scale. give your body more time to adapt to the new changes.
I've been doing at least 45 minutes/day (five days a week) of cardio (treadmill/bike/elliptical) for the last three weeks. One day a week I do a circuit weight program (60 secs of weights/30 sec break/60 secs of "steps"); I take one day off. During the last three weeks, I have gained 9.5 pounds. Others at the gym said that I would gain before I'd start losing, but seems surprised at how much; and that I should be losing some by now. I didn't measure before I started, but my clothes are still fitting the same. I'm tracking my food intake (not on SP but will start that again) but I know I"m eating better.
I'm now considering (1) Hcg (2) the metabolism miracle diet or (3) accupuncture. The Hcg scares me -- I really don't want to be messing with my hormones; the diet concerns me in that I have to go 8 weeks with out fruit to "reset" my metabolism (?) -- didn't know our bodies had a "reset" button -- and the accupuncture is the lesser of the three evils I guess.
Other than that, I'm out of ideas. Suggestions or encouragement, anyone?
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