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Gained 4 pounds in one day?


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Hello,

This is my first post.  I've been counting calories since May 14 and I have lost about 12 pounds since then.  Yesterday I weighed in at 205 and today weighed in at 209.  I did go out for a nice Chinese fathers day meal but it's hard to believe that I would gain that much overnight.  I didn't believe the scale so I tried another scale with the same result.  Anyone have any insight?  I would like to say that I am not too worried but I am a bit confused.  I am averaging about 1700 calories a day.

Mark

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most likely retaining water, if you have kept your calories in line. Mine has swayed by as much as 5 lbs from morning to evening. I am even more inclined to believe that's what it is since chinese food is typically high in sodium.

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How did I gain 4 pounds in one day?

Temporary weight gain is most likely a result of water retention, which can be caused by eating too much sodium. Water is heavy: a gallon weighs 8.34 pounds. In the body, sodium is found in the tissues outside of the blood vessels. If sodium becomes too concentrated, water rushes in to lower the concentration. The result is puffiness, often seen in the fingers and ankles as gravity pushes water to the ground. To eliminate excess sodium and water, reduce dietary salt intake and drink plain water to flush out the system. In women, the hormones of the menstrual cycle can also cause sodium retention. Certain medications can cause water retention as well.

A LOT of this could be water weight, especially since you ate chinese food. Most of these foods are very high sodium which makes your body retain water more, and require more water. Especially if you don't drink the daily requirements to begin with! Not to mention our bodies fluctuate about 5 pounds at different times of day!

Don't worry about it. Your "true" weight is relatively stable from day to day, but each time you weigh yourself there are "errors" in measurement that have to do with how much you ate and drank recently, and how much you excreted and sweated recently. Your big meal will have worked its way through your system by the time you weigh yourself tomorrow, and I suspect you will see little to no weight gain relative to your long-term average weight, whether that's 205 -- you didn't say what your average has been over the past week -- or whatever. Remember that your measurements will be most comparble if you take them all at the same time of day, preferably before eating anything and either before or after your post-waking bathroom break.

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This is a good point.  I noticed that I have not been drinking much water lately.  I tried to up the amount I drink yesterday.  My family is Chinese and, in general, they love salt.  What is the right amount of water to consume everyday?  Is retaining water from too much salt intake bad? 

Original Post by m_westall:

Hello,

This is my first post.  I've been counting calories since May 14 and I have lost about 12 pounds since then.  Yesterday I weighed in at 205 and today weighed in at 209.  I did go out for a nice Chinese fathers day meal but it's hard to believe that I would gain that much overnight.  I didn't believe the scale so I tried another scale with the same result.  Anyone have any insight?  I would like to say that I am not too worried but I am a bit confused.  I am averaging about 1700 calories a day.

Mark

A few weeks ago I had a similar experience only I gained 12 pounds in 2 days!  The culprit was the sodium in the caesars (like a bloody mary) I had over the weekend (it was a girls weekend away).  I had lost it plus 2 additional pounds by the end of a week.  I've cut back to 1500mg sodium per day and a single drink had over 2000 alone!  Taught me a valuable lesson.  As someone else pointed out - chinese food is very high in sodium (MSG laden).  So just watch your sodium intake for a few days and increase the amount of water you drink and it will all balance out.

 

You can find out how much water you should drink here:

http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercal culator.htm

I don't think retaining water from eating to much salt is bad for you; the eating too much salt bit is though as is the not drinking enough water to flush it out bit. You'll know you have a healthy balance when you don't retain water I think is the best way to think of it.

 

Actually over time retaining water can have negative impacts on your health - high blood pressure being one.

I have had the same problem after I eat too much chinese food.  For a little while I was afraid to even go to the buffet.  Then I discovered if I start with sushi or another healthy food on the buffet, and only have one serving of my absolutely favorite high sodium dish, I avoid the weight gain. 

Chinese food = high sodium = water retention.  Try drinking water with lemon juice.  It helps flush out the excess water, especially if you drink it first think in the a.m. and last thing at night.

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