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(3500) calories lose 1 lb...500 calories gain 1 lb?


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I am confused, angry and a number of other feelings right now.  So I will try and make this short....

On Sunday (today is Wednesday) I weighed 121.4 lbs.  Normal weight for me not a lose or gain from last week. 

On Monday I weighed 122 not too scary I must have eaten a little too much for dinner, a little water weight, etc., I will work out drink some water go back to my normal weekly routine and be back at 121 something come Tuesday.

On Tuesday I weighed 123 a little more scary what is going on.  I will work out again watch my calories really close and will bounce back.  It can not be that I truly gained 1.5 lbs I have not had a calorie overage of 4000 plus in two days!!!

Here we are on Wednesday 124.2 WTF!!!!  I have been good no crazy eating a whole cake or staying in bed eating junk food for three days what is going on. 

Does any one know how many calories it takes to gain a pound we all know the magical 3500 number so what is it like 100 calories in the positive equals a 1 pound gain?!?  I am really upset here and not sure how I gained 3 pounds in 3 days.     

Please help me understand.  Frown

 

 

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It takes the same number of calories to gain a pound of fat as it does to lose a pound of fat (3500).  So, in total you have 'gained' 2.8 pounds in three days.  There are few things you want to keep in mind...

1 - It's quite normal to fluctuate by up to 5 pounds over the course of a day.  In fact, I heard the average person has 7 pounds of waste in their system at any time.  So, did you weigh yourself at the same time each day?  Did you go to the bathroom the same amount each day?  Did you drink (or not drink) same amount before weighing each day?  Did you eat (or not eat) the same amount before weighing each day?  All of these things could be playing a part.  You should pick one specific time of day and day of the week to weigh in.  Then do everything as similar as you can that day.   The easiest is to weigh in first thing in the morning after you go in the bathroom on a weekly basis, then these little flucuations won't bother you.

2 - Did you happen to eat a lot of sodium?  If I eat anything real salty - like chips or crackers - I 'gain' like crazy, simply because I maintaining water weight.  Drink a lot of water to flush that extra sodium out of your system.

3 - Like you said, you didn't do anything crazy like eat an entire cake.  If you really did gain 2.4 pounds of fat in the past three days you would have had to eat  8400 OVER maintaince - you would have noticed if you did that!  So, you did not gain 2.4 pounds of fat.  

Don't weigh yourself again until Sunday and I bet everything will even out. 

Original Post by alle0299:

  If you really did gain 2.4 pounds of fat in the past three days you would have had to eat  8400 OVER maintaince - you would have noticed if you did that!  So, you did not gain 2.4 pounds of fat.  

Don't weigh yourself again until Sunday and I bet everything will even out. 

 I agree. 2.4 lbs of fat loss would require an effort--unless you've been totally starving yourself for a while and trying to maintain an unrealisticly low weight. How tall/old are you? How many cals do you eat on a regular basis?

Thank you for your help.  Yes I weigh myself at the same time every morning before eating or drinking anything.   

Original Post by july29:

Thank you for your help. Yes I weigh myself at the same time every morning before eating or drinking anything.

Well stop.  Your body fluctuates.  If it upsets you to see a couple pounds up and down every day, then only weigh yourself once a week.

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