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Could I really have gained 5 lbs in 2 weeks?!


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I have been calorie counting for the past 5 or so months and have had great results - lost 20 lbs. However, over the past 2 weeks I totally lost control. I just got on the scale this morning (after a 2 week hiatus because I didn't want to see what it said) and it is reading 5 lbs higher than what it said last time I weighed in. Is this really possible?? I always weigh myself at the same time of day and have never had any big fluctuations from water retention or whatever, which makes me suspect this is legitimate weight gain. I am a 5'8 female, age 23, thought I weighed 152-153, now weighing 157-158.

To do the math, 5 lbs = 17,500 calories. I went 17,500 calories OVER my burn meter in the last two weeks?! That is eating 1,250 calories more than I burn every single day for two weeks!! Since I burn 1800 sedentary and at least 2300 on days when I run, does that mean I have been eating more than 3,000 calories a day, every day?

I usually run around 30 miles a week and try eat between 1500-2000 calories. I have found that I am not a very good dieter so I have definitely lost most of my weight through exercise. In the past two weeks, I have definitely been LESS active, but it's not like I've been sedentary. I've still run maybe 20 miles (in the 2 weeks combined) and I hiked Half Dome on Saturday (16.5 really intense miles). I also wasn't being very careful about calorie counting and was eating more than I should have been, but not a ridiculous amount more.

Any thoughts/encouragement would be appreciated. I can't bring myself to log this new weight because the jump in my weight log graph is too demoralizing.

Thanks =)

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I went on a week vacation this summer and came back 5-6 pounds higher than when I left.  All except about 2 pounds of it came off fairly quickly, and the rest I chalked up as a 1-2 week setback; not a big deal in the long run.

Just pick up where you left off and start eatiing healthy again.  You also may want to try to figure out what caused you to totally lose control.  It looks like you are REALLY active.  Are you eating enough?  Double check your calories compared to your burn rate and added exercise and make sure you aren't limiting yourself too much.  Losing slowly is better and easier to stick with in the long run.

Good to know about your minor vacation setback- that definitely makes me feel better that most of it came off quickly!

In terms of activity level, I definitely am really active but I also eat a lot on the days I am. My BMR is just over 1500 so I never ever go below that, and on hard workout days eat as much as like 2300, but I normally try not to go above 2000 if it's just a standard workout (like 5-6 miles). If anything, I am concerned that I am eating too much on the days I work out, since I know a lot of people don't lose weight when they start exercising because they think it gives them a free pass to eat as much as they want.

You said I should make sure I'm not limiting myself too much. How much is too much? My daily deficits (before this 2 week slip up) were usually around 500 and rarely more than 1000. I have eaten mostly vegan for more than a year and am wondering if this could be the culprit that caused me to overeat, because my body is craving some sort of non-vegan food?

Everyone always wants the math to be so exact...so, predictable...Smile, unfortunately it isn't.  There are so many variables - sodium intake, water weight, bowel movements, etc.  You probably can attribute some of the 5 pound to something other than fat gain, so don't stress too much over it.

If you were eating too little (as the above poster suggested) you can rest assured you'd not be GAINING weight. That defies pretty much everthing we know about weight gain/loss.  :-)

Your question made me smile.  People have gained 15 pound in a one-week cruise, so 5 pounds in a week, is nothing, and yes, VERY easy to do.  Just get back on track...5 pounds is better than 10, or more! 

Well it is tough to say without you being more specific about your diet.  But trust me a 4-5 mile run here and there won't make up for tons of slip-ups in your diet!  I run a similar amount to you, more now because I am in the peak weeks of my marathon training, but I really had something bad happen this summer.  I gained 12 lbs after I didn't weigh-in for 2 months, though I worked out about 6 days a week, running 25-30 miles, plus I live in a city and don't own a car, got careless with my eating. I.e. eating french fries when out with friends, a slice or two of pizza for dinner, a few extra alcoholic bevs, etc.  the gain was real :(  Its sloooowly coming off but man can we talk about a let down!?  It really is frustrating when you are so active but as we know, one fatty meal of nachos and beers can easily be 2000-3000 calories, wiping out several days worth of runs! 

At least you caught it at 5 lbs.  Yours could def be water weight, or not just really depending on how far the diet strayed.  Start counting again and even if its real it shouldn't take you more than a month to drop it as long as you really focus =)

Seeing this post this morning made me smile, because I am going through the exact same thing.  I weight myself 2 weeks ago and decided to take a couple of weeks off.  I didn't do anything horrible, but let myself go eat Indian food, IHOP, and have a bowl of ice cream or a glass of wine in the evening.  Yesterday morning, BOOM!, +5 pounds when I stepped on the scale.  But, I got to thinking: 1. Not watching what I was eating so carefully resulted in eating way more salt than normal.  2. I know I haven't been drinking enough water.  3. I know I didn't get enough fiber. 

 

For myself, as well as for you probably, I am sure that all but a pound or two is a result of water retention and some backed up food.  The scary thing is that if you look at how horrible the food that is available at restaurants is (have you ever read Eat This, Not That, SCARY!), it actually probably wouldn't be that hard to take in 3000 cals a day without even knowing it. 

I'd like to "weigh-in" on this as well (ha! a pun) because it just happened to me. I went through kind of a tough few weeks and completely stopped counting calories and exercising. I was eating what I wanted (not obscene amounts, just not exactly the healthiest stuff) and drinking too much. 2 weeks of that and I gained 7 pounds. Of course, I reassured myself by saying that it is mostly water weight, it will come off quickly. I've been back on my plan for a week now and have lost 2 of those pounds. One of which I assume was water. So yes, it was (for the most part) a true gain. How? I don't know exactly. But I guess it's easier than I thought to consume 3000+ calories a day. Not planning on making that mistake again. 7 pounds is about 2 months worth of work for me, because I lose an avg of 1 pound a week when I'm really trying. 2 weeks to gain, 2 months to lose? SUCKS!! But I'm doing it anyway.

Original Post by naturallyd:

2 weeks to gain, 2 months to lose? SUCKS!! But I'm doing it anyway.

 Word.

Thanks for the advice and encouragement everyone! I know I just gotta reign it in a little and the pounds will start coming off again. Jessrene, good point about the salt intake. I have been salting my food like a crazy person lately and I didn't even think about the effect that would have on water retention. I rarely salt anything but lately it's been like, "Hmm, salting a piece of French bread? Sounds delicious!... a little slice of tomato with that pile of salt? Don't mind if I do!" Hmm. Maybe I'll try to cut back on the salt intake and see if that does anything in terms of water weight.

I logged my weight today. My little ticker guy looks very sad.

From my experience, it's not the salt I add from my own salt shaker that's the problem.  It's the salt that's added to so many meals in restaurants and processed foods.  When eating out, it's very easy to get a whole day's worth of sodium in one meal.

EDIT: and the sodium I take in during a "bad" day can easily cause a 3+ pound weight jump for me.  It usually comes off in 3 days or so, though.

Clint

I happened to see the bit about your being on a VEGAN diet, and stopped just to say this:

if we are anything alike, then I believe that it is very likely that this had something to do with your gaining a little weight...

Oddly, one [I, at least] may not even get a specific craving for meet, milk, etc. just a serious urge to go overboard with whatever at hand.

My solution was suggested by local custom and seems to work fine for me: like it or not, I go through a day or two of lots of fish, eggs [it happens to be my favorite non-vegetal thing, although that isn't saying much].

Background: I have not declared myself 'vegan' but my usual diet nearly qualifies [different country, different habits - came to learn there was a name for them during a stint in the States]. Also, local custom encourages vegetal-produce only periods of a month or so twice a year.  In fact it was with these occasions that I discovered the phenomenon described above ... [having been silly enough to forgo traditional breaks in these periods of lent, I got to learn on my own skin what exactly they are good for! A day a month doesn't sound like much, but makes very serious difference. Too bad that whatever wisedom there is in these customs doesn't always come with a decent explanation for 'why', only 'how'... it would have saved me some tribulations. That's why I am writing, in fact.]

And yes, 5 lbs is nothing! especially if you have been keeping your weight on a downward curve for a while now.

All the best!

A.

 

Just weighed myself this morning and the same thing... 5 lbs after 2 wks of vacationing!!  I have the metabolism of a rock!!  It's amazing how some people can eat whatever they want, where others could balloon out in a matter of months simply for having that glass of wine or 1/2 cup of icecream.  I've made the realization that I will have to count calories for the rest of my life.  Everytime I stop counting, I gain... I know what I ate, and I did not go over 3500 calories x 5 in 2 wks as the math says you'd have to do to put on that weight - while everyone partied around me, I had 1 glass of wine... etc.,.  I can't imagine what would happen if I simply ate or drank whatever I wanted!

Original Post by lak32:

I just got on the scale this morning (after a 2 week hiatus because I didn't want to see what it said) and it is reading 5 lbs higher than what it said last time I weighed in.

This is why I don't understand why people don't weigh regularly. The denial only sets ourselves up for disappointment.  Weigh regularly as a tool to see what you're doing to your body. The scale is not the enemy.

 Is this really possible??

Yes it is possible.  Maybe you'll adjust to a lighter weight tomorrow and you'll have only gained a couple, but eating 1200 over is not that uncommon, especially if people have been restricting themselves for a long period of time and lose control.

I usually run around 30 miles a week and try eat between 1500-2000 calories. I have found that I am not a very good dieter so I have definitely lost most of my weight through exercise. In the past two weeks, I have definitely been LESS active, but it's not like I've been sedentary.

Yes, but you're eating like you are still VERY active.  If you're going to cut back on the fitness, you'll have to learn to cut back on the cals,too.

Any thoughts/encouragement would be appreciated. I can't bring myself to log this new weight because the jump in my weight log graph is too demoralizing.

We all slip here and there. It's a learning lesson. I bet after you take the time to lose those 5 pounds, you'll try even harder to maintain your weight because you've experienced how easy things can derail and working your butt off all the time can be exhausting.  Remember how this happened:

Didn't weigh for weeks, became less active, but ate more...these are all things you can control.  Even if you just weigh daily, you can measure your progress.  Get back on the wagon and you can be successful for life.

 

 

I doubt if all of it was true gain.  I was gone over the weekend to visit friends and take the kids to the zoo.  I ate around maintenence cals as close as I could figure, had way more sodium than usual and didn't get enough water being on the go and came home 3 lbs heavier in just 2 days so it can totally happen.  I got right back on track with my eating and exercise, drank a ton of water and it came back off over the next 2 days. 

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