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February 14, 2013 12:49 AM
I posted on the success stories page that I joined MFP on 7th January and have recently lost 7 lbs. Anyway I decided to take 3 days off the diet and am now back to my starting weight. I must admit I have had 2 takeaways and quite a lot of chocolate but I did not think I would gain 7 lbs. Is this possible or is it water retention or something?
  34570075
February 14, 2013 1:39 AM
Probably the salt in the takeaways has caused your body to retain water. Get back on the diet and it should go quite quickly.

Good luck x
February 14, 2013 1:57 AM
hopefully blobby!
  34570075
February 14, 2013 2:06 AM
Is it possible to gain 7 lbs of water weight? Yes.
Is it possible to gain 7 lbs of fat? No.

Weight can rise temporarily due to:
-Starting or changing an exercise regimen
-Eating extra sodium
-Fluctuations of the amount of food in the digestive tract
-Menstruation
  21619196
February 14, 2013 2:52 AM
its water retention due 2 high salty food intake...........
  26773698
February 14, 2013 2:58 AM
I'm confused. You decided to reward yourself for losing weight by returning to "pre-diet" eating for three days? I suppose this is the problem with "dieting" as opposed to changing your lifestyle. Wouldn't it make more sense to have a healthy eating lifestyle that included some of the foods you mentioned? (ie. a square or two of chocolate or a takeaway once a week).
February 14, 2013 3:37 AM
No I did not come off my diet as a "reward" for doing well. I have binge eating disorder which had been in check since I joined MFP, but I relapsed.
  34570075
February 14, 2013 3:55 AM
Keep at it rosie! It's neverending and hard!
February 14, 2013 4:55 AM
Rosie, I have a binge problem too. I have been there. I binged Sunday and gained 2 pounds. It still has not gone away despite good eating and exercise since then. I think your 7 pounds will go away eventually. Some might be water and some might be fat, waste etc.
  33443620
February 14, 2013 5:20 AM
thank you so much and 113 lbs lost is phenomenal
  34570075
February 14, 2013 5:49 AM
It's probably water weight. Get back to eating healthy and a significant amount of that 7 pounds should come off on a few days. What caused you to binge for 3 days? Treat binge eating like you're recovering from drug addiction; keep trigger foods out of your house. Do not eat from places you cannot control yourself etc. this is how I handle it and it works for the most part. You need at least 30 days to get your body to adjust to your new lifestyle (eating as much as you can now will not be as easy when your body hasn't had it in a long time).

Good luck you can do this!
February 14, 2013 5:57 AM
Same thing has happened to me. Sometimes it doesn't go away for a LONG time! I'm sure a little - maybe a pound or two is fat but the other five are water. You'll lose it :) Don't let the depression of this drive you to eat more.
  3759893
February 14, 2013 5:57 AM
i gained 7lbs in a DAY once by having and "italian christmas dinner" with my family lol Don't sweat it, it's probably just the sodium and your body flipping out because it was so used to healthyness and all of a sudden it got chocolate and fast food and it didn't know what to do :(

it'll come off soon, don't worry about it! remember this is a lifetime thing, you can take a few days off here and there!
February 14, 2013 6:33 AM
Although I am not a binge eater, I have experienced tremendous weight gain in an incredible short period of time that takes months and months to come off. If for example I gain 8 in 4 days, the first 2 lbs will come off rapidily. The remaining 4-6 can easily become a permanent part of my profile, despite clean and reserved eating habits. What is it for me? Rheumatoid arthritis. Immune and endrocine imbalances and diseases run among the females on my maternal side. It took me years of clean eating to figure out the triggers: sugar consumption and inadequate fat intake.

RA is ikely not in your picture. But insulin sensitivities are common in culture due to the standard american diet (SAD). There are studies you should read that trace excess sugar intake to not only to weight gain, but also high cholesterol and many other health problems.

Once you can tame the binge eating you might be able to track your body's behavior better and determine what your clean diet will look like. Mine is light an grains, minimal added sugars, adequate protein for my age & activity level, plenty of good fats, lots of fiber with vegetables and legumes and some fruits, and finally 8-12 glasses of filtered water daily.
  36002775
February 14, 2013 6:37 AM
Happens to me. I can put on 5+lbs with just one meal of chinese takeout. A little extra water, a couple days, and some absurd amounts of urine later ... and it's gone.
  21632471
February 14, 2013 6:38 AM
Ditch the scale!

Or, if you must, watch for trends every two weeks or monthly.

Find other ways to track progress - measurements, endurance, stamina, strength, etc.
  3564309
February 14, 2013 6:38 AM
It happens. Drink lots of water and you'll be back to normal before you know it.
  23485825
February 14, 2013 6:39 AM
Same for me, I always need to a whole week to come off after a weekend weight gain.

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Although I am not a binge eater, I have experienced tremendous weight gain in an incredible short period of time that takes months and months to come off. If for example I gain 8 in 4 days, the first 2 lbs will come off rapidily. The remaining 4-6 can easily become a permanent part of my profile, despite clean and reserved eating habits. What is it for me? Rheumatoid arthritis. Immune and endrocine imbalances and diseases run among the females on my maternal side. It took me years of clean eating to figure out the triggers: sugar consumption and inadequate fat intake.

RA is ikely not in your picture. But insulin sensitivities are common in culture due to the standard american diet (SAD). There are studies you should read that trace excess sugar intake to not only to weight gain, but also high cholesterol and many other health problems.

Once you can tame the binge eating you might be able to track your body's behavior better and determine what your clean diet will look like. Mine is light an grains, minimal added sugars, adequate protein for my age & activity level, plenty of good fats, lots of fiber with vegetables and legumes and some fruits, and finally 8-12 glasses of filtered water daily.
February 14, 2013 6:43 AM
I have binged an amount large enough to actually gain a pound in one day, but even I can't eat enough to gain 7 in 3 days. I don't think. I hope not. So it's mostly water.

Anyway, figure out what triggered your binge and eliminate it so it doesn't happen again, then carry on. And ditch the rewarding yourself with food mindset forever. There are so many things you can reward yourself with that are so much nicer! Clothes, books, movies, music, gadgets, games, you name it. Just not food.
February 14, 2013 6:46 AM
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I'm confused. You decided to reward yourself for losing weight by returning to "pre-diet" eating for three days? I suppose this is the problem with "dieting" as opposed to changing your lifestyle. Wouldn't it make more sense to have a healthy eating lifestyle that included some of the foods you mentioned? (ie. a square or two of chocolate or a takeaway once a week).


The only way to permanently loose weight is a lifestyle change, not dieting! It took me until my fiftieth birthday to realize this and now that I have I have made more progress in a little over three months than any diet I had ever tried.

If your goal is to loose weight and be healthy you need to change you think about your whole self which includes both healthy eating and exercise.

I lost over 33 lbs from the beginning of November and even though I was not working out for a month I didn't gain it all back.. because I avoided all the things I had learned to understand as being unhealthy. In fact I probably did gain some weight during the month I wasn't "working out regularly" but it was definitely not the equivalent of what you gained in those three days.

Takeaways are loaded with salt and all kinds of other additives that I have begin to understand are simply a different type of poison.

I have come to the conclusion that without re-educating myself about both exercise and the food I put in this big chemical plant called the human body it will not function optimally.
February 14, 2013 7:30 AM
I just had the same thing. Not 7lbs but about 5 in 3 days, from falling off the wagon. I've been back on track since monday and 2 of them are already gone. I am also a horrible binge eater, and its a daily struggle. I am also obsessed with my scale, and trying to break the cycle!!!!
  36647032
February 14, 2013 8:32 AM
QUOTE:

I just had the same thing. Not 7lbs but about 5 in 3 days, from falling off the wagon. I've been back on track since monday and 2 of them are already gone. I am also a horrible binge eater, and its a daily struggle. I am also obsessed with my scale, and trying to break the cycle!!!!


Someone above mentioned ditching the scale. I have to agree.. I used to get so discouraged years ago that I would just give up... But then it wasn't a lifestyle change but just more exercise.. Took me what maybe 20 years to figure out that the two go hand in hand.. Now I will only get on the scale once a week max, maybe twice a month..
February 14, 2013 10:36 AM
1lb of fat is about 3500 calories. So... hmmm, math... 3500x7 = 24,500. Did you eat 24,500 calories over the last 3 days? That's almost 8200 calories a day. If not, then eat right and exercise through the weekend, that weight will be gone by Monday. Oh! and drink plenty of water - helps flush out the extra gunk.
  34227929
February 16, 2013 1:10 PM
QUOTE:

thank you so much and 113 lbs lost is phenomenal


Thanks! the last year has been hard going up and down. It is a battle. I am trying to get my binge issues resolved so this is not so hard.


Try not to sweat the gains too much. You make take a little longer but you will still get there.
  33443620
February 16, 2013 1:21 PM
It is not possible to gain 7 Lbs of fat in 3 days. One Lb of fat = 3,500 calories....so, you would have to consume 24,500 calories over your maintenance level of calories in 3 days to actually gain 7 Lbs of fat. That would equate to 8,166 calories per day over maintenance level of calories. My maintenance level of calories is 2,550...that means I would have to consume 10,716 calories per day for 3 days...I would be vomiting long before I consumed that many calories.

Most likely, you've eaten a **** ton of sodium and your body is retaining a lot of water to deal with it.

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