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3/1/13 1:18 P


Unless you ate 7,000 extra calories in 48 hours, you did not gain two pounds of fat in two days. one pound of fat = 3,500 calories.

What you're experiencing is 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.

There are lots of different reasons your body will retain water and in turn "gain" scale weight. And one of them has to do with bowel movements. Not to get TMI, but have you had a bowel movement these last two days ? The food you eat has weight. the water you drink has weight and if you don't have a bowel movement, the physical weight off all that food and water is still in your intestines.

Try this some time. Weigh yourself before and after a bowel movement. Did you lose weight ? YES. did you lose fat ? Nope.

Which is why you shouldn't freak out if the scale happens to go up or down over the course of a few days. these fluctuations are really pretty normal. you're going to see many ups and downs as you lose. With time, you will notice downward trends over all. But don't expect anything dramatic in a day or a week.

Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. You didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 3/1/2013 (13:19)
ANGELAFAITH27 Posts: 219
3/1/13 9:03 A

Thanks. I'll keep on keeping on. Hopefully the scale will start moving back in the other direction soon!

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3/1/13 8:54 A


When weight gain or even weight loss occurs quickly (such as your gain yesterday and today), this has more to do with a shift in fluids than you doing 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, and hormones can lead to a shift on the scale.

The scale is just one tool for measuring one's progress, unfortunately it is not the most reliable in telling one's 'REAL' progress or one's true health/fitness picture. Sticking with a sound nutrition plan, exercise including, cardio, strength training and flexibility workouts, managing stress, and getting plenty of sleep is a surefire way to get you to meet your goals sooner than later.

The worst thing you can do to break your motivation is by stepping on the scale all the time. This journey is so much more than losing weight and getting is truly a journey of self-discovery-I call this, the why I do what I do when I do scenario. When we start to make a conscious connection to doing what we know is not in our best interest only then can we change.

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

SWIMOM Posts: 366
3/1/13 8:51 A

You're doing everything right so far. A pound ot two over a 48 hour peroid of time is just a shift. The overall change is what you're concerned with and that happens to be FAB!

ANGELAFAITH27 Posts: 219
3/1/13 8:43 A

Since January 14. The weight gain has been one pound yesterday and one pound today. I have been losing overall - just confused by the sudden weight gain of one pound each the last two days.

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3/1/13 8:38 A


How long have you been working out and eating within your range?

Just know that our weight can vary by as much as 7 pounds--the reason, our bodies are made up largely of water, therefore any shift in our diet, workouts, hydration, even hormones can cause a change on the scale.

Coach Nancy

ANGELAFAITH27 Posts: 219
3/1/13 8:05 A

I have been working out and eating within my range, but I have gained a pound both yesterday and today. ARGH! I am drinking plenty of water, eating within my range, and doing 30 minutes of cardio.

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