" I have CHF so I'm supposed to watch out for water gain but if I've been naughty about my eating how can I tell if the 2 or 3 pounds is fat or water? "
I have CHF, and was not talking about Lasix as a weight loss tool ( just to clarify ), but as a daily pill that someone with CHF takes. The OP has stated that they have " been naughty ", and should expect weight gain for a few days.. far beyond what is normal for a healthy person. I can gain 10-12 lbs of water weight in a single day.
There is a big difference between water weight for no reason, and one that is caused by eating the wrong food. If the OP is on Lasix, losing the water weight may happen more quickly, since that is why CHF patients are on it. Our doctors don't intend for it to eliminate water weight caused by a bad meal, but it does that too.
This is important, because the OP should monitor their weight to make sure that they are losing the water weight. However, when reading the title, I think the OP is suggesting that they want to know when they can count the new weight as bodyfat.
You need to eat 3500 calories over what you eat to maintain to gain a lb, so if you were maintaining, and didn't eat 3500, then you shouldn't gain a lb. Even if this " naughty meal " caused an over-consumption of 1200 calories, that would be 1/3rd of a lb. as long as you get right back on track. The rest of the gain would be water weight, and will always be water, which you will need to lose, and will. It doesn't turn into fat.
So I would wait at most 3 days, and hopefully the weight drops off completely, and any small gain would mostly likely be a weight gain, not water weight. I wouldn't worry about 1 small cheat though. Weight fluctuates daily, so we have some water weight all the time, and a lb or 2 fluctuation can happen any time of the day. Just get back on track, and act like the " naught meal " never happened. In the long term it will all smooth out.
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 181.0