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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,293
4/3/14 6:54 A

If pounds aren't coming off salt may be sabotaging your effort to lose weight.

Look at the labels and check sodium and sugar content of the foods...skip all breads and pasta for a few days.... eat veggie berries which have the least impact on blood sugar and veggies as they can also hydrate you.

Have 3 ounces of protein at every meal as it stimulates the body to release the fat burning hormone glucagon. ...Having good insulin sensitivity means that the body can more easily take sugar from the bloodstream, allowing muscles to use it for fuel.

Make drinking water a part of your daily routine can decrease your risk for dehydration ...dehydration slows weight loss......drink water and some fruits and veggies can hydrate you just as well as water...if you don't stay hydrated the body then tries to grasp onto fluids and thus water retention occurs....Grab an orange, bite into a juicy apple or munch on a cucumber slices, carrots, celery to stay hydrated... to prevent dehydration, drinking before, during and after exercise is advised....keep sipping especially when exercising.. sweating...
Proper hydration is critical to health and anyone trying to lose weight as water assists us in metabolizing stored fat

Caffeine dehydrates and soda has been known to have chemicals that make you feel dehydrated. This is the reason why, even after drinking lots of soda, you continue to feel thirsty. Sugar can dehydrate also. Falling short on fluids can raise your blood sugar....high blood sugar can cause you to urinate more, resulting in dehydration.

Researchers from the University of Michigan discovered that what you eat following a workout may trigger different metabolic responses... bouts of exercise all improved insulin sensitivity, but it was especially enhanced when the session included the low-carb meal.

I found that getting up and moving every 20 minutes helps considerably.

Hope this helps you.

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3/26/14 3:45 P

The answers here are good ones. Two lbs. of weight gain won't happen overnight unless it is water. Sodium intake or dehydration (ironically) are other reasons you could be holding onto water.

There is something else that you should be aware of as you continue forward. Two things will eventually slow your weight loss if you are trying to lose a lot of weight.

1) When you exercise regularly your body gets more efficient over time, so you either will have to work harder or longer to burn the same calories.


2) When you weigh less you burn fewer calories doing the same activity. Pick up a couple of 10lb sacks of flour next time you are in the grocery. You used to carry that much weight with you all of the time, every time you went up a flight of stairs, or got up out of a chair, or did anything.

You have lost a lot of weight pretty fast. When you get a little further don't panic when the weight comes off more slowly. A good question to ask yourself is, "Is this way of eating and exercising sustainable?" If you don't see yourself maintaining a similar diet and exercise pattern long after you reach your goal, you may want to re-think how you are going about it. I know that I would find it difficult to eat such a limited diet for the long term. But that's just me.

Some of these new habits are going to have to continue if you want to keep the weight off. If it works for you, great!

Best of luck on your journey to your best you!

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/25/14 10:21 A

Yeah, its water weight gain...especially the sausage/bacon if it's near your TOM.

Mine is coming, and I out on 2 pounds last night - yet only ate 1585 cals yesterday. A pound equals approximately 3500 cals, so that's how you measure what is really going on. Real gain, or water.

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3/25/14 10:12 A


What you're experiencing is perfectly normal. 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 be TMI, but did you have a bowel movement before you weighed yourself ? Water has weight. The food you eat has weight. So, 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 intestines.

In order to truly gain two pounds of fat would have required you to have eaten an extra 7,000 calories on top of your normal intake. So, if you know you haven't eaten that much extra food, then you know you haven't gained fat.

I can easily gain or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of a shift in my water weight. Don't beat yourself up because you've gained two pounds. If you've been weighing yourself regularly these past few months, then you've probably noticed that some days you're up and some days you're down. Don't worry about the day to day trends, pay closer to the weekly and monthly trends. Those indicate you're losing !!!

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3/25/14 9:45 A

First off, congrats on losing 20 pounds in 4 weeks. I would not worry about a 2 pound increase in weight as it is most likely water weight. Also, where are you at with your cycle? I noticed I gain about 2 pounds a couple days before it starts.

One thing, is where are you at with your calories? The reason I ask, is your food options seem very limited, and I'm worried you are not taking in enough calories. I would add some fruit with your breakfast and lunch, maybe an apple for fiber.

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3/25/14 9:37 A

i am a 30 yr old female, I do not take any medicines. I have been doing Atkins since Feb 28, 2014 and I had lost 20lbs but the last two days I have gained 2lbs back and that scares me. the only thing that I have done different in the last 2 days is I have started walking 2 miles in the evenings.

A typical days food

Bacon or sausage
1 hard boiled egg
coffee with half n half

hard boiled egg
or a salad

some type of meat such as chicken, pork, or beef (baked)
steamed broccoli or salad

snacks throughout day
pork skins

I also drink 1 -2 glasses of homemade lemon aid with splenda and then I drink about 85 oz-100 oz of water a day
please help I still have about 50 lbs that I want to lose and I want to make sure that im doing this right

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