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October 28, 2012 12:41 AM
Today I weighed myself and found I have gained 3 pounds and I have no idea why. I stay at a 1000 calorie diet and I always burn the rest of the calories using a gazelle (running) exercise machine and I stationary bicycle. Can someone tell me what I am doing wrong?
October 28, 2012 12:46 AM
Trying to starve yourself thin doesn't work.
October 28, 2012 12:52 AM
I'm not trying to starve myself. I'm not that kinda girl, but thanks for your input, anyway!
October 28, 2012 12:58 AM
sodium/potassium ratio
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October 28, 2012 1:00 AM
I don't have any explications but I just want to tell you that you are not alone!

It's the same thing for me this week, I gained 3 pounds with a deficit between 500 and 750 calories every day!

I just wich we wiil have a big weight lost next week! smile
October 28, 2012 1:00 AM

Trying to starve yourself thin doesn't work.

if you are eating only 1000calories a day and exercising , then he is right. you are starving yourself,
October 28, 2012 1:00 AM
Eating 1000cal is starvation mode.
October 28, 2012 1:02 AM
It's hard to say without a bit more information. How tall are you, how much do you weigh, what's your goal weight, what are you eating? Oh and why are you only eating 1000 calories? That's not nearly enough especially if you're exercising regularly.
October 28, 2012 1:04 AM

Trying to starve yourself thin doesn't work.

October 28, 2012 1:05 AM
Are you expecting your period, or have you just had it?
I can gain up to 3 kilos just before I get my period and it stays around until just after. It's annoying, but at least I know why and I don't get depressed by the number :)
October 28, 2012 1:06 AM
Eat more to lose more. If you are eating 1000 a day and working out, then you will have a very small net worth of calories that you body is using to fuel your every day needs like breathing and heart beating and moving.

If you eat 1000 and burn 500 (average), then you only have consumed 500 for your body to use. That isn't enough to survive, hence your body thinks it's in turmoil and shuts systems down. Your hormones get all messed up and the weight gain could be from cortisol, sodium, etc.

Eat more. Figure out your BMR (google BMR calulator) and always net that (+/- 150 cals) a day.

Good luck!
October 28, 2012 1:07 AM
What the other poster tried to say is that 1000 Calories is to low for some one starting out.

I am assuming you have your settings set for losing 2 lbs a week?

How tall are you? Also where are you starting at weight wise?

I would suggest you look at your settings and move your calorie goal up to 1200 calories a day, how often do you workout and roughly how many calories do you burn? Also what sort of activity do you do on a day to day basis, are you an active person or office based where you are sat most of the day.

I know a lot of questions but by supplying the answers will help people here help you with answers, also if you open your diary to MFP members then we can get an idea of what food you are eating that might also help with answers.

October 28, 2012 1:09 AM

Today I weighed myself and found I have gained 3 pounds and I have no idea why. I stay at a 1000 calorie diet and I always burn the rest of the calories using a gazelle (running) exercise machine and I stationary bicycle. Can someone tell me what I am doing wrong?

Too low a calorie intake might slow your metabolism and result in reduced weight loss but I don't think it would make you gain weight. I couldn't tell from your entry...are you eating back the calories you burn in your work out? If you are, the problem may be the calculation of the calories you are using in your exercise. I use the MFP numbers, a fitbit and the read out on gym equipment and the numbers are all over the place.
October 28, 2012 1:17 AM
A) Sodium
B) Not recording calories consumed correctly
C) Not recording calories burned correctly
D) Not eating enough
October 28, 2012 1:18 AM
I eat over 1000 calories, but burn enough to keep myself at 1000. Now, I just moved it up to 1469
October 28, 2012 1:19 AM
I just told everyone I wasn't starving myself on purpose. I manage to eat 1500 calories and sometimes 2000 and I burn the rest, until I get to 1000.
October 28, 2012 1:20 AM
Yes, I have been on my period all week, but I went down to 151, yesterday and gained 3 pounds over night. So, I was worried and confused.
October 28, 2012 1:24 AM
If you've gained it overnight then its likely just water weight. Drink lots and lots of water and it should go away. The reason everyone thought you were starving yourself was because you just said you were eating 1000 cals. You didn't explain that it was your net after exercise.

I would suggest that you don't weigh everyday. It doesn't help the situation and doesn't take into account muscle mass. Put the scales away and go off your measurements. That's a much more accurate tool.
Edited by justgemmy On October 28, 2012 1:25 AM
October 28, 2012 1:24 AM
You didn't actually gain 3 lbs overnight. You just retained fluid. To gain 3 lbs, you'd have to consume at LEAST 10k extra calories, and from your post, you didn't.

Being a girl is tough. Our bodies play havoc with our emotions, especially during that 'time of month'. MY person recommendation would be to stay FAR away from the scale this week, or your head will spin. Check again next week and your few lbs should be gone :)

Good luck
October 28, 2012 1:27 AM
Okay, I will try to drink 8 glasses of water, today.
October 28, 2012 1:34 AM
i just think that perhaps that poster is concerned for you. 1000 is not healthy, no matter what your height and weight. your body could be storing what you eat as fat because it's getting so few calories and doesn't know when it's going to get more.
October 28, 2012 1:40 AM
Thank You, I'm just going to replace all fruit drinks with water instead and stay off the bike and gazelle for a while, because I calculated and I need to eat 9300 calories, from the calories I burned on the exercise machines and didn't eat back. So, that I am leveled. I hope that makes sense?
October 28, 2012 2:15 AM
You don't need to stay away from exercise, just keep an eye on how many calories you burn and how they are calculated, MFP does seem to over calculate calories on certain activities. I work with the calories that the cardio machines give me and are about 66% of what MFP tells me.

Also the eating back of calories burnt depends on the person, my personal weight loss has been eating calories back not all but most to start with. Around July I stalled so I stopped eating them back and kept an average consumption per day and I have lost 28 lbs doing that, I am currently coming out of another stall and I have started eating some of my exercise calories back again. Everybody is different, so you just need to try a plan for a few weeks to see if it works, if it does then stay with it, if not you try something else.

You also need to remember that your body learns what is happening at it will adjust so you need to be aware that after a a period of time what has worked so far will stop working. So keep changing things around to keep the body guessing happy


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