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I gained a pound!!! But, I did the right stuff, I don't understand!!


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This happens to me all the time.  It happened when I was on Weight Watchers and is happening again now that I joined Calorie Count (CC).  I am a female, 5’9”, weigh 198.8, goal weight is 155.  According to CC, I just ingest 1350 calories and expend 2100 calories a day.  I am trying to eat healthy and have stayed between 1400 and 1800 calories.  My exercise consists of strength training (mornings) and brisk walk/jog/run (afternoons) about 4 times a week.

 

I weighed myself and found I gained a pound.  I really thought I would lose weight.  This has consistently happened to me with Weight Watchers and now on CC.   I turn down all treats; feel I am eating like I should, what is happening?  Why don’t I lose weight!!!   I have friends who are sedentary and they lose 1.5 to 2 pounds a week.  I don’t get it??

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Are you weighing yourself under the same conditions each time? Such as in the morning before eating or drinking, nude after using the bathroom? I know this will sound gross but I've weighed myself before and after using the bathroom and had a weight difference of over 2 pounds! If you're not having regular movements, try fiber and lots of water. I've heard acai berry is good for regular movements, but I've never tried it myself.

Yes, I weight myself under the same conditions, early morning, nude.  I also can't figure out how much more I should eat on the days I exercise strenuously.  I read the site and it sounds confusing to me.  I don't know if I'm doing it right.  I thought maybe I should add 400 additional calories to my 1350 on my exercise days.   is this correct? 

Hi lahuera316!

Same is going on for me.  I keep going up a pound, down a pound, up a pound, etc.  Can't seem to get beyond this plateau I seem to have hit.  I'm down a total of 13 pounds since Christmas which is great, but I've been stuck where I am for about 3 weeks now.  Aughhhhh......it's so frustrating!  I weigh myself at the same time in the morning.  Maybe I'm not keeping track of my calories like I used to.  I try to eat right, and I've faithfully been doing my cardio every single day, and lifting weights every other day, but alas.....same weight on the scale.  Although I will say that I can tell I'm much more toned than I used to be.  I'm also a female, 5'9" and am weighing between 191-193 for the past 3 weeks. 

Ann

Maybe you are gaining muscle. It is only one pound and should not be grounds for alarm. Just stay positive and motivated. Give it another week without changing anything so that you can accurately assess the situation as opposed to reacting before giving your new diet and exercise routine a fair chance. All too often people begin changing their routine because they overreact and then they never really know what was causing their weight gain, or if it was just a temporary fluctuation. So, just stick it out for another week or so because your body processes the calories differently and the extra exercise could be adding muscle. Also, your body could be holding on to more water than usual if your sodium intake is higher than normal or if you've been consuming more carbohydrates than usual. This is what I would do. Hope it helps. 

Thank you all.  I did lose hope and then I feel like what's the point and eat whatever I want, which usually does not turn out okay.  I am going to continue my workout schedule, eat healthy, but I think I will weight two weeks to weigh in again and see what happens. 

I still need help figuring out how many calories to add on days I exercise.  Any ideas?

maybe you need to shock your body a bit and zig zag your calories. have one day where you eat like 20% more calories than normal to keep your body guessing. not sure if WW allows this. but what has worked for me in the past is alternating calories 1400/1600 and then having a 2100 calorie day on the weekend. I'll usually end up losing a lb after that high calorie day.

 

good luck

I'm 5'10" and I can't eat 1350 calories a day ... I would starve!!! Especially if you exercise! When doing the cc diet I eat between 1600 - 1800 and still lose weight (about a pound a week) so you might want to try that. It's more important that you can stick to the diet than to lose quickly.

As far as the weight gain it could be a couple of things - if you had some extra salt from a restaurant meal or particular dish/snack you could be retaining water. Also if your exercise routine is new then your muscles might be holding some water too. I regularly fluctuate up and down a couple of pounds depending on my cycle too.

Edited to add: eating back calories is optional - if you're extra hungry, eat more, if you're not, don't worry about it. I'd suggest not eating back more than half of what you burned, but as I said before, if you're hungry - eat!

This sounds ridiculous but im 5"4 and I even feel starving at 1,300 calories/

Not ridiculous at all.  I'm 5'3 and I'd be starving on less than 1500 cals most days.  It's all about how active you are. 

To the OP: Don't worry about the one pound.  Our weight fluctuates naturally by a couple of pounds depending on how much salt/sugar we've eaten lately (both make us retain water temporarily) as well as what time of the month it is.  It's entirely possible you've lost a pound or two of fat and just happen to be retaining some extra water compared to your last weigh in.  If you're doing everything right, the weight *will* drop off.  It just doesn't always do it in a nice smooth linear fashion like the math would suggest it should.  (I find it common for me to sit at the same weight for a few weeks then all of a sudden drop off the pounds I "should have lost" over those weeks within a couple of days.)  At your height and weight, though, I hope you're staying on the upper end of that calorie range most of the time.  I was almost 180 lbs when I started and I know I wasn't supposed to eat less than 1500 cals/day.

I'm so glad you guys stated that at 1350 you were hungry.  I'm starved!!!  On the days i exercise I'm so hungry, I have been dreaming of a Carl's Jr. HUGE burger but have refrained.  I am going to try to up my calories by half the amount of calories burned.  Thank you so much for the suggestions!!!  I feel like there is hope.

lahuera, there always is hope.  You sound like you are doing things right. Asking for help is a good thing.  Listening to the answers is even better.  You will make it.  The less you have to lose, the harder it is to show progress.  You can not fail if you keep it up!  Eventually your body will decide that you win, and not it.  Keep track of the little victories, such as looser clothing or fitting in to a smaller size.  Did you catch that last refelction in a mirror where you just thought you imagined that you had a slimmer face?  That was the truth right there.  I hate my scale some days.  In fact we have not been friendly for over 4 months.  She's a real b*tch sometimes.  So, I only weigh myself once a week at the most.  I used to weigh daily. CryCry.  I can only handle disappointment about once a month now, not every day, every day.  I won't weigh in until March 1st.  In fact, I've put my scale away, (to give it time to think about messing with me! lol).  It won't see the light until then.  In the mean time, I'm still eating well, occasional slip ups, mostly clean.  I wish you the best of luck! Laughing

There are so many things that contribute to scale weight. Fat and muscle loss are 2 of them, but water is probably the culprit. Any time you gain or lose 1 or more lbs in a 24 hour period of time, it's probably due to water.


That said, what will affect water weight? hormones, salt, sleep and carbohydrates, just to name a few. 

Although I wouldn't recommend it, if you want to weigh yourself daily, at least chart it - keep track of it so that you can see the natural fluctuations that your body goes through within a cycle.

Salt can also greatly affect how much water you retain. I won't weigh myself for a few days after having a high sodium meal - and I drink a LOT of water. (drinking water dilutes the salt, and your body's response to holding on to water after a high sodium meal)

so, I wouldn't sweat  the one pound. If you're doing everything right, your body will come in line. Best of Luck!

you might be gaining muscle faster than you are loosing weight, this happens to me a lot, i end up a little heavier, but much more in shape.

Try to vary your exercise as well to give your body a challenge: brisk walking one day, jogging the next, elliptical, biking, etc.

First, you can fluctuate more than one lb in one day, so don't stress over that.  (I can gain up to 6lbs in two days right before TTOM.  It goes away three days later.)

Also, you're the same height as me and working out.  I put my activity level at light, and at that my eat goal is 2150.  With working out (5-6 days per week) my expenditure is over 3000 cals most days so I usually eat a little more than the standard goal.  What might help you that helps keep me motivated during weeks that I'm level or gaining is to measure yourself.  I 'gained' three pounds this week, but I measured myself and my waist is 1 inch smaller than the last time I measured while everything else stayed the same. 

Are you spreading your calories thpough out the day to boost yyour metabolism. It really works. Eat three meals and two snacks. Always eat a protein with a carb. And don't fogret a glass of water weighs at least a pound. Drink plenty of water so you don't retain fluids and you should be fine. Weigh yourself the same time each week in the morning with the same attire. Good luck and God bless.

I find that when I workout, I want to eat more.  I crave carbs like mad crazy!  I've been really good this week with staying away from them but haven't lost any weight - I've only gained a pound.  It is best to be mindful that working out adds weight in muscle and loses it in fat.  Muscle weighs more than fat.  Don't focus so much on the scale as your intake of food and water, how much you exercise, and how your clothes fit.

 

-Uneeq

Original Post by lahuera316:

This happens to me all the time.  It happened when I was on Weight Watchers and is happening again now that I joined Calorie Count (CC).  I am a female, 5’9”, weigh 198.8, goal weight is 155.  According to CC, I just ingest 1350 calories and expend 2100 calories a day.  I am trying to eat healthy and have stayed between 1400 and 1800 calories.  My exercise consists of strength training (mornings) and brisk walk/jog/run (afternoons) about 4 times a week.

 

I weighed myself and found I gained a pound.  I really thought I would lose weight.  This has consistently happened to me with Weight Watchers and now on CC.   I turn down all treats; feel I am eating like I should, what is happening?  Why don’t I lose weight!!!   I have friends who are sedentary and they lose 1.5 to 2 pounds a week.  I don’t get it??

if you do the same excersise day in day out your body will ajust to that and you will reach a platue you have to keep yourbody guessing and change your exercise I read it in a articl a few weeks ago :o) in my opinion id try even more excersise if your not getting the results you want...plus you may be gaining muscle you proberlly are loseing weight but its just converting.

 

Original Post by lahuera316:

Yes, I weight myself under the same conditions, early morning, nude.  I also can't figure out how much more I should eat on the days I exercise strenuously.  I read the site and it sounds confusing to me.  I don't know if I'm doing it right.  I thought maybe I should add 400 additional calories to my 1350 on my exercise days.   is this correct? 

 Seriouslly weighting your self daily is just madness..womens body retain alot of water depending upone when your monthly cycle is..so you will fluctuate daily...Throw away the scales they just leave you feeling down and depressed if you think you havnt lost any weight just use a tape measure and take your measurements every few weeks form your waist, hips etc thats what i do im not interested in stepping on any scales

i completely understand your frustration and am in the same situation myself.  I think that you're not eating enough food, though. 

check out this website for your BMR, http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/

For your height and weight and exercise you should be burning about 2300 cals a day, sounds to me like you're eating too few so your bod's holding on to it.  Weird, I know, and scary to think that eating more might be a solution.  But I've been doing this a while and have just accepted that eating less doesn't always mean losing more.  I'd try eating 1600-1700 cals, and see what happens to your body.  Good luck, know that you're not alone!

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