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3/25/12 6:27 P

Read and re-read the posts below. They are full of facts and wisdom.

Spark On!

BRITOMART Posts: 8,305
3/23/12 10:28 A

Sorry you are feeling depressed about your momentary situation (you can gain/lose 3# within the course of a single day, so it's probably not 'real' gain--if you have been eating well for more than 3 consecutive weeks, that is...sad truth I've found is my 'sins' don't catch up right away: serious bingeing takes 2 weeks to arrive as 'real' weight. that's me, of course).

here's a suggestion. Only weigh 1x/week. And don't accept ANY gain or loss till you've held it for 3 consecutive weekly weigh-ins. After all, the TREND is more important in the long term than any pound here or there.

The Dukan diet, high-protein/low carb, that something you want to do for your whole life? because if not, don't start. While some people do well with fewer carbs (and all those complex--cut the simples out) any 'diet' can become restrictive, and the Atkins/Dukan type of plan tends to create larger reactions when you go off them.

You want a life-long program, not a quick fix (at least, since you are on this site, I hope you do).

Good success to you. 3# is 1/9 of what you what to lose; not much to fuss over, in the overall scheme of things.

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3/23/12 10:14 A


Take a deep breathe. Just because you "gained" 3 pounds back does NOT mean you've done something wrong. Remember, in order to truly gain 3 pounds of fat, a person needs to eat an extra 10,500 calories on top of their normal intake. So, if you know you didn't eat that much extra food this week, then you know you didn't gain fat.

Why did you gain weight ? The most likely cause is water retention. That's not unusual. In fact, it's quite common. I can easily gain 3-4 pounds in a day !!!! Is that a fat gain ? Nope, that too is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain.

Water has weight. The food you eat has weight too. Not to get TMI, but did you do a poop this morning ? Well, if you didn't, the physical weight of all the food you ate is still in your intestines and it will still be there until you go to the bathroom.

I can prove to you that water has weight. Weigh yourself first thing in the morning BEFORE you go to the bathroom. Then go pee. Get back on the scale. Did you lose weight ? YES. did you lose fat ? NO ! Weigh yourself before and after breakfast. You'll see that the food and water you drink cause the scale to go up.

And you know what ? that's perfectly normal. You're going to see many ups and downs on the scale as you lose. this isn't the Biggest Loser. People really don't see those kinds of dramatic losses in so short a time. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds, there may be weeks you don't lose. there may even be weeks when you gain. And that too is perfectly normal.

My advice ? Step away from the scale if you're going to let it rule your emotional state. do not let the scale determine your self worth. If you do, you're going to be miserable.

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3/23/12 9:20 A


There could be a number of explanations as to why your weight is up, but that does not mean you have done anything wrong. Our weight is not a static number, but more like a vital sign. Just like your blood pressure, heart rate and body temp will vary throughout the day, same is true with your weight. Because our bodies are largely made up of water (the fitter we are the more water we retain), any deviation in our diet, hydration, workouts, even hormones can lead to a shift on the scale.

Know that all changes within the body must begin at the cellular level...all the way down to the fat cells need to release the free fatty acids, to the muscle cells making bigger and more numerous mitochondria-these are the organelles within the cells-to give us energy.

It isn't uncommon to see a slight upward shift in weight when we start exercising, or add a new training regimen and eating better. For one the muscles are making more mitochondria which allow for extra glycogen-stored glucose in the cells- therefore, your body hangs on to more water to help with the cooling off process for exercise and for helping process energy. Your muscles will also have an increase in blood volume in order to have better availability to oxygen and removing waste, especially lactic acid. These things coupled with eating higher fiber foods, such as fruits and veggies can show a gain, when in all reality it is just a shift in fluids.

Weight loss takes time and the closer we are to our goal weight, the more slowly the progress seems to be.

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

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3/23/12 8:06 A

Well the three pounds I was soooo excited to lose are ALL back! I have no idea why. I have been eating correctly...doing the stupid gym. Drinking until I practically drown! I have had enough with disappointment, hope and being fat. Done for now with counting calories and back to the Dukane Diet. I should have known this was too good to be true. Sorry if Isound I mean but I am trying really hard not to cry in front of my class!

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