All Calories are NOT created equal

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Yesterday I attempted to go back to basics. I drank all my water. I kepy my calories under 1200. I took all my vitamins and meds. I planned on having a protein shake as a bedtime snack. However, I did not want to pull my blender out when there was a pot of bean soup sitting on the counter.

Bean Soup; high fiber, high protein. 1/2 cup less than 200 calories -- very filling and very nutritious.

I gained a pound yesterday!!!

Very frustrating.

The only thing I can tell myself is the numbers from one day don't matter, what matters is that I followed the rules. If I keep following my rules, I will get healthier. Don't fixate on the numbers.
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  • ABBY_G
    Hi. Did the soup have salt in it (or did you have more salt than you usually do)? If yes, that would give even more probability for the theory that BREWMASTERBILL and JACKSMIMI2 suggest (fluid retention).
    3613 days ago
    You didn't gain a pound yesterday. You ingested food with a lot of fibre that's, ahem, got to go through your system.
    3614 days ago
    200 calories does not equal 1 pound. It doesn't work that way, it is not direct cause and effect. For example, if you burned 1500 calories, it would also not be immediately reflected on the scale. The short term fluctuations are fluid. You should break the habit of letting immediate weight readings somehow become the punishment or reward for immediate actions because that's just not the case. You might consider tracking your weight day to day and plotting its movement over time so that you can see a trend. If the trend is up, you need to change something, if it is down, you're doing fine. Short term readings are very volatile and borderline meaningless.
    3615 days ago
    It's probably just water/fluid... One day I weighed myself before my shower and after I got out with soaking wet hair - up 1/2 pound... and I ate nothing in between...that was the one thing that really taught me about 'water weight'. You can do the same with drinking a large glass of water. Now I just go for steady (but small) reductions over time :)
    3615 days ago
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