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11/28/17 12:55 P

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"It's my confusion on how I can gain almost 10 pounds in two weeks even though I have not been consuming 3500 calories (or trying not to)."

It's actually pretty easy to gain that kind of weight. If a person is sensitive to sodium, that will cause them to retain a lot of water. I can easily gain or lose 3-4 pounds in a day, just because of a variation in my weight. During my menstrual cycle, I can gain/lose as much as 5-7 pounds.

Plus, there is a physical weight of the food and water you eat/drink. Food has weight. Water has weight. If you drink a 2 liter bottle of water through the day and don't go pee, the physical weight of the water is still in your body. a 2 liter bottle could cause a gain of up to 6 pounds.

Also, not to get TMI, but how have your bowel movements been these past few weeks ? If you've had a problem "going", those waste products are still in your body too. try it some time. Weigh yourself before and after a significant bowel movement. Did you lose weight ? YES ! Did you lose fat ? Nope.

Why a person packs on pounds in such a short time can vary, but unless you ate 75,000 extra calories, you did not gain 10 pounds of fat.

If you're on any medications, there are plenty of medications (birth control as an example) that can cause a woman to pack on water weight. I have plenty of friends who gained weight because they switched birth control pills. Didn't change anything else. So, if you did happen to change medication, that too could cause this sort of issue.

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11/27/17 10:23 P

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"It's my confusion on how I can gain almost 10 pounds in two weeks even though I have not been consuming 3500 calories (or trying not to)"
Sodium, especially since you were out of town and (presumably) eating in restaurants.
I once put on 8 pounds, going out of town Friday afternoon and returning Sunday night. Took weeks for it to go back down...

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11/27/17 7:54 P

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I believe you have misread, or maybe I was not clear in my original message. My weight gain happened between the end of September to near-mid October, which I'm positive it happened before I went out of town. And from the time I went out of town to the end of October, I consumed more sugary foods, and did not gain anymore weight. I did not answer my own question.

From about a year ago (I was more overweight, mind you), I was actually healthy and wasn't at risk for pre-diabetes. I was when I was obese. Even my blood pressure is perfectly healthy :)

For everyone else, thank you for advice. I'll take them into consideration. My intention I brought here was not "I gained weight, and I need to lose it, STAT". It's my confusion on how I can gain almost 10 pounds in two weeks even though I have not been consuming 3500 calories (or trying not to). I had these spikes before, and lost them after a few days, despite usual diet. I'm aware that losing fat is a real slow process; I was too unnecessarily focused about the possibility of mere water retention. I would guess the simple answer is a mix of things: Sodium, carbs, and miscalculating. I have been calculating more and been eating more healthy foods and drinking a lot more water. Slowly lost a few pounds already. I'm surprised that I did not gain squat after Halloween and Thanksgiving.

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11/27/17 7:11 P

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You are doing great. You are weighing daily. You are eating avocados and bananas, which are loaded with nutrition. You are adding lettuce, carrots, and celery. Yea!

Here are a few suggestions:
1. As many people have already pointed out, there are dozens of reasons why your weight can fluctuate. I've seen mine go up as much as 4 pounds in a single day. You KNOW that's not fat. One thing I'm doing is recording my weight as a 10 day moving average (yeah, it sounds geeky, even to me). I wish SPARK would offer this. I put my weight myself every day at about the same time, and put the weight into a spreadsheet in one column and in the next column I average today's weight along with the weight from the previous 9 days. This really smooths out the bumps.
2. Instead of having poultry sandwiches every day, try having the poultry on a salad instead sometimes. Salad greens are much healthier than bread - fewer calories and more micronutrients.

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11/25/17 12:27 A

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You asked how you can gain that much weight in two weeks....and yet you said: "I ate a lot of sugary foods through mid to end of October". I think you answered your own question...

One thing I've found that my own body does after I've lost some weight, it takes awhile to stabilize at a lower weight and accept that as a "new normal". I swear it tries to get back to the previous status quo! And, in my case, consuming a batch of extra carbs reverses my efforts.... Its like my body grabs those easy calories and packs them away to prevent winter starvation! LOL I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes some years ago, so I know that excess carbs don't metabolize properly for me. Its a big learning process to limit my intake, and yet still enjoy them in small portions so I don't feel deprived and become resentful of my choices to aim for a lower weight and continue on a road to better health.

If you haven't recently been screened for Pre-diabetes, then that might be a good place to start....along with asking for the help of a Registered Dietician.

The good news: you are aware of what's going on....and looking for answers! Bravo!! Keep seeking those answers, and looking at what you can do to slowly change towards a healthier balance in your diet. Your Lifestyle isn't going to change in one, two or three months...or even a year. Some people can be that disciplined...but for most of us, it takes longer to 'unlearn' a lifetime of not doing the best we can. Our bodies also change over time....and what once worked, might not anymore. Give it time, be persistent, and Don't Give Up!!

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11/23/17 11:52 P

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I was disturbed to see the use of the word "skinny" ..... that is NOT what should be aimed for. It should be "healthy". Because you have suffered with IBS I strongly suggest that you ask your Dr for a referral to a Registered Dietitian who will be able to help you as it pertains to you and YOUR health.

Often times people's bodies with these kind of conditions don't absorb the nutrients any where near as well as healthy people do. Often supplements are needed, particularly multi-vitamins, however having said that, you should discuss this with your Dr and Registered Dietitian.

I strongly suggest that you weigh all of your food for increased accuracy and enter it all into the Nutrition Tracker. Then when you go to your Dietitian appt. you can print them off and take them with you. It will save you both heaps of time. I also suggest that you make good use of the Daily Note function attached to the Tracker. When you print the nutrition stuff off get it from "Today's Full Report" because the Daily Notes will be included with it. Use that function for recording any signs/symptoms that you may have along with the time in relation to your eating. This could also help in finding any triggers.

Apart from that, baby steps will get you to where you need to be. Aim for gradual weight loss, but be prepared that (particularly at this time of year) there will be occasions where there will be little gains, too. There are a variety of reasons for this, many of them just a normal part of life and often they are very short-lived.

As far as the weight-gain is concerned, it is more than likely mostly due to what is still in your digestive tract at that time. Believe me, it CAN make that much of a difference - LOL!

Good luck,

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11/23/17 10:35 P

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I agree with ARCHIMEDESII, one's goal should be to get healthy, not skinny.

If you are overweight, then probably loosing excess body fat is part of getting healthy, but getting healthy, not getting skinny.

That said, let me get on to eating healthy. I myself have ulcerative colitis. It is in remission now, for the last 8 years, and I was on some significant anti-inflammatory drugs before that. As near as I can tell my recovery started when I changed my diet. Among other things that I changed, one change was to stop eating wheat. I suspect this was the cause of my recovery. I think that I couldn't tolerate wheat, but kept eating it and not making a connection. It took about 3 months to say that I was better, but my condition continue to improve and today it is like it never happened.


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11/23/17 1:42 P

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Do not beat yourself up. The scale is notorious for its discouraging qualities. You have good advice here. Consider following a suggested meal plan from Spark People for a couple of weeks and compare that to how you have been eating. Do measure and weigh everything. Small steps get you to where you want to be. Look at your weight in terms of months, not days or even weeks (though weighing daily does help many.) Even just a little indulgence can get you in trouble, as I well know from the past six months. Weight loss demands lower calories. Regular exercise keeps the pounds off. If you drop off exercise when you have lost weight even a few sweets could be a problem. At times, just be happy when you do not gain. Be a regular here on Spark People for encouragement and good advice. I love Spark Coach! You will lose if you are ready to make small changes over time.

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11/23/17 9:23 A

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What you're experiencing is not unusual. Ever notice that 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. My weight can vary as much as 3-4 pounds in a day, just because of a shift in my water weight.

The fact is, you can't expect the weight to drop off just because you've decided to eat a little better. if it took you years to pack on the weight, it's going to take a while to get it off. So, stop beating yourself up because you're not losing as fast as you want. Your body will lose on its timetable, not yours. And that frustrates a lot of people.

What to do ? First off, stop thinking DIET. Stop thinking I have to be skinny. That's an unhealthy way of trying to lose weight. Instead, look at how the food you eat nourishes your body. Because good health starts from the inside out. When your insides are healthy, that reflects on your outsides.

Instead of dieting, start with some simple changes first. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you haven't been exercising, don't start with an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. once you've achieved these goals, you do them again or you create new ones.

Setting simple goals is how you slowly ease into healthier habits. Because right now, you're stuck on the weight loss roller coast, up down, up down. If you want to get off that rollercoaster, you need to start thinking about good health instead of thinking about how fast will it take me to get skinny.

Here's what I've learned from my own years of yo yo dieting. Before you can change your body, you have to change your head. That's why you start with some simple changes. Simple changes is how you relearn how to eat. Because losing weight isn't about eating less, it's about eating RIGHT. And that's going to take a really long time to learn.

Be patient with yourself and your body. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither were you.

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11/23/17 4:32 A

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So I've been trying to get skinny, and my motivation was sparked when I was having real bad problems with IBS. My lowest was about 162 pounds, but I gained to 165. Okay, that's not bad, yet my weight kept increasing slowly. Normally I was stuck between 165-167, but then I gained up to 170. Lost it and went back to about 167. Then one day I went from the upper 160s to 175. I knew that was water weight, and I dropped down to 169. The 175 - 169 fluctuation happened by the end of September (I had so much sodium that I dropped easily). However, about two weeks later, my weight went up to 176! I personally have no idea how it's possible to gain that much weight in about two weeks. Normally, I consume poultry.

From my food diary, through those two weeks, during the rest of September, I consumed mostly poultry sandwiches. Other foods included fruits (few slices of avocado, bananas). By the beginning of October, my diet has been the same, but I included rice and ate french fries (I was careful on how much I was eating) a few times. Still ate my poultry, fruit, some salad.

I actually can't remember if I checked my weight before or after I went out of town (might've been before, because I was real self-conscious on what I was eating), but I know that I ate a lot of sugary foods through mid to end of October. Diet was still the same, and I did not gain anymore weight.

Highest I've been was 177, but so far I dropped down to 175. I've been trying to eat less meals, maybe two small meals and a couple of snacks; I've been consuming more vegetables (carrots, lettuce, going to eat some celery, too) when eating my small meals; I've been drinking a lot more water to see if I can drop some water weight, but I haven't lost much. I've been trying to go on walks, too, but I haven't had much motivation lately due to personal reasons.

I'm just so frustrated how I can gain weight in two weeks and can't lose it. Maybe it is fat and I've been miscalculating the entire time :( It's real discouraging because some of my clothes have been getting snug on me. If it's water weight, can it really be that stubborn at times? Judging by my diary, there's just no way I could've consumed 3500 calories and gain fat in two weeks. This is very frustrating. Apologies for the blabbing.

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