It's not just sodium that can cause water weight gain. If you've been eating low carb for a while and then you eat a lot of carbs (especially if you do a hard work out as well) then you will store lots of glycogen and water. Every one molecule of glycogen requires 2 to 4 molecules (depending on which source you read/believe) of water to store it.
11/19/14 8:10 A
9/10 times its from water retention. You'd be shocked how much sodium is in those candy bars, not to mention the chips. Just drink plenty of water today and stick to your calories and I bet you will see a difference tomorrow. You'll also feel better too
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3,293 11/13/14 12:55 A
Are you sensitive to carbs?
I am, and I would easily gain 5 pounds (real weight, not water) if I ate that way.
Don't give the scale that much power -- it will do just what it did to you. Discourage you into wanting to quit. The scale is just one of many indicators & you've received really helpful, factual info from other comments.
The most important thing is to immediately get back on track. Make every choice a good, healthy choice starting immediately. And give yourself credit and a big pat on the back for each and every good choice you make! Success motivates you, so concentrate on tiny successful baby steps..all day and all night long. You can do it! (you didn't gain 5#...so forget that!)
Hang in with us...we're in this together!
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11/12/14 4:14 P
My weight varies during the month. I try to weigh myself the same time of day. My weight will be different in the morning and in the evening.
On Sunday I weighed 136.4. (a lot of high sodium tailgate food that I usually don't eat on Saturday) Today I weighed 133.2. My normal range is usually 132-135. For someone that weighs more than me I would think the range could be larger?
Try not to be discouraged because you ate a few candy bars. You didn't eat 5 pounds worth of candy bars.
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11/3/14 8:23 P
Sodium, alcohol, water weight gain, menstrual symptoms, chinese food will all do it to you, plus more. Don't worry I'm sure you're just bloated. Stay Strong
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11/2/14 2:58 P
Unless you ate 17,500 calories worth of halloween candy on top of your normal intake, you did not gain 5 pounds of fat overnight. 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.
Also, not to get TMI, did you weigh yourself after a bowel movement ? food has weight. Water has weight. And 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.
So, did you do a poop before you weighed yourself ? If not, that would account for a 5 pound gain. I can easily gain or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of a shift in my water weight.
In short, your weight should go back to normal in a few days.
11/2/14 1:23 P
Even *if* the snack size candies had 100 calories each (1500 calories total) and you ate a couple three ounces of chips (maybe 300-500 calories worth)... you're not even at a pound's worth of weight (3500 calories). I'd chalk it up to water from the extra sodium and maybe your bowels are a bit sluggish (sorry if TMI). Wait a couple days and weigh again.
And get rid of the candy.
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11/2/14 11:24 A
Don't fret too much - BUT - toss the Halloween candy or give it away if there's any left.
I have been doing so well but last night I royally screwed up! I ate atleast 15 snack size candy's and some chips before bed (around 11/12am). This morning I got on the scale and weighed 5 pounds more. Please tell me it is just water retention from the foods I ate! I can't imagine gaining that much. It takes us all such incredible hard work to lose this weight then one screw up and we can it all back!? I'm feeling just awful but wanted to get on the boards so I don't continue eating bad today because I feel awful about what the scale says. Thanks for any answers/encouragement.