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April 13, 2011 8:25 AM
I weighted 157 on Tuesday then by the next tuesday i weighed 160 :( why is it that losing a pound is so hard and gaining them is sooo easy ... depressed ... i did overeat about 2 days but 3lbs ?? come on....
April 13, 2011 8:26 AM
Could be water weight. Do you watch your sodium?
April 13, 2011 8:27 AM
could be water retention or too much sodium. I really doubt you consumed 10,500 extra calories! There's about 3500 calories in a pound so I don't think overeating is the problem. Check your sodium.
April 13, 2011 8:28 AM
Water... effing water weight. How are your clothes fitting? It's not all about the numbers on the scale.
April 13, 2011 8:28 AM
I gained 1.2 overnight (the day before my weigh in of course) because I ate out the night before. Tacos and chips are so high in sodium. It was ALL water weight. Be sure to drink a lot the next few days, and some, if not all, of it will come off. :) Good luck!
April 13, 2011 8:28 AM
Sodium helps retain a lot of water weight in your body. :P Or you may have put on a lot of muscle by lifting too much? (If you lift weights at all)
April 13, 2011 8:29 AM
Don't let that discourage you, your weight will go up and down. And yes it could be water weight. So you are still doing great!
April 13, 2011 8:29 AM
Water weight is a definite possibility, have you been drinking enough water? Its probably just a hiccup, I know its tough but try not to get too depressed about it, that'll have the reverse effect of what you want to happen.
April 13, 2011 8:29 AM
To have gained 3 lbs you would have had to have eaten more than 10500 extra calories. Which is quite a bit. I would chalk it up to water weight. We had weigh in day yesterday and one of my clients was up 7 lbs because it was TOM. So there are other things to factor in.
April 13, 2011 8:30 AM
No you didnt eat enough to gain that much. smile Rest assured, you can do this. Some important questions to ask yourself:

1) Did you eat something high in sodium or highly processed on Sunday or Monday- these things can cause false gains. Sodium retains water, processed foods take longer for your body to ...well ...process- you know.

2) Have you been doing a new workout or anything particularly strenuous? Hard work causes minor tears in muscle, and as the muscle grows and repairs it self, it retains water to complete this process.

3) Are you eating enough? If you are consistently well under your cals and then splurge one night, your body is likely to panic and hold on to everything you've eaten on splurge night in case you actually start starving.
April 13, 2011 8:30 AM
I agree...sounds like water weight to me.
April 13, 2011 8:31 AM
The soup, processed sandwich meat, and the popcorn are making your sodium levels high. If you aren't sweating it out or flushing it out with water, you could be retaining.
April 13, 2011 8:32 AM
Make sure you drink you water and watch you sodium intake. Or it could be all muscle, But I would watch it to be on the safe side, I have high blood pressure so watching my sodium is a must, That's why I love mfp, I can keep track of everything.
April 13, 2011 8:32 AM
Don't loose hope! A pound is 3,500 calories so unless you really really overate gaining three pounds in a day is impossible! That being said, your water levels will make your weight fluxuate and can be really upsetting. Just keep perspective try to stick to your diet and work out for a few days (and lowering sodium intake) and it should go back down. On the other hand if this weight tends to stick with you I might go see a doctor and get your metabolism tested!
April 13, 2011 8:32 AM
I gained 5 lbs in a week. Increased my exercise by running an extra 30 mins every day! Just read that NSAID'S like aspirin and Advil can cause water retention I have been taking these for a week I gonna blame it on taking them. I"ll weigh again in a few days to see if that caused weight gain . Any one else know that?
Edited by clohessy On April 13, 2011 8:35 AM
April 13, 2011 8:32 AM
Don't feel bad....I just gained 2.4 lbs overnight!! I'm attributing it to one plate of Chinese Buffet goodness and no treadmill. wink
April 13, 2011 8:32 AM
I had the same problem. I started Couch to 5k and gain a 2 pounds. Yes I gained weight starting a running program! Don't get discouraged its just your body changing and adapting for new challenges . As long as you look leaner and your clothes fit like you want them to don't worry about it.
April 13, 2011 8:33 AM
likely water weight. I cycle calories and carbs each week. my weight can be up by as much as 5 lbs. after the higher days. By weigh in day I am back down to a little lower than I was the week before.
April 13, 2011 8:34 AM
I understand your frustration, and I agree with everyone here who said that it could be water weight. I mean, I technically gained 6 pounds over the past week from being in the hospital, but you can't let it get to you. (Easier said than done, I know.)
April 13, 2011 8:36 AM
Don't get discouraged. It's probably just water weight. Keep working out, watch that sodium and drink water. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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April 13, 2011 8:38 AM
What time of the month is it? Have you been exercising alot? Etc?
April 13, 2011 8:39 AM

I weighted 157 on Tuesday then by the next tuesday i weighed 160 :( why is it that losing a pound is so hard and gaining them is sooo easy ... depressed ... i did overeat about 2 days but 3lbs ?? come on....

OMG!!!! THIS HAPPEND TO ME TO!!!!! I was 157.5 and after the weekend I was 160.5... after drinking water and working out I am finally back down to 158.5 but still! I was 157.5 and i was hoping to be at 156.5 by the end of this week! UGH! I feel you!!!
April 13, 2011 8:39 AM
I did the same exact thing last week. I binged out while under stress and gained 3 lbs in 2 days! grumble But thanks to my totally awesome and supportive MFPals heart I picked myself up off the floor and started eating right, drinking plenty of water, and exercising again. As of today I have lost 2.2 of those 3 lbs and feel tons better! Don't let it get to you. Any gain that happens that quickly is likely to be temporary. Just get back on that wagon and everything should go back to normal shortly flowerforyou
April 13, 2011 8:45 AM
I'm totally with you on this mystery! I was feeling the exact way this morning. It's so hard to log everything that goes in your mouth every day!! It does get very depressing........ but that's how watching our weight is. We're excited and thrilled and even proud of ourselves when we loose weight, even if it's only 1 pound. BUT, let be we gained, omg we're angry, devastated and ready to throw in the towel!! It's in those moments we need to hold onto that feeling we have when we loose cause we know that when we gain it's a temporary set back. We get up, dust ourselves off and remind ourselves we're not perfect nor are alone and we get back on track and then we start forgiving ourselves and we feel better. I know for me, I have good days and bad days in my quest to loose this weight. I think back 3 months when I was 297 pounds and then look at my current weight of 271 pounds and feel accomplished. I have never been this high in weight but I've shown myself that with hard work and dedication I can loose weight. I'm okay if I gain a little here or there causse I KNOW I can and will continue to loose. Hang in there and remember you're never alone.
April 13, 2011 12:37 PM
my weight fluctuates A LOT from week to week! my little progress line is so jaggedy! but the overall trend is down so i try not to stress :) good luck!

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