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I've been eating well and exercising and have rapidly put on weight! :(


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I was around 235lbs about 2 weeks ago. That's when I began doing walks for 2 to 3 hours a day. I also cut back on my calorie intake.
Now, after 2 weeks of this, I am 245 lbs and extremely frustrated. I started to eat better and exercise so that I could LOSE WEIGHT not gain it faster than before.
Why is this happening?

Additional information: I just had a physical and I am in perfect health other than my weight (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, thyroid are all normal and well).

I eat vegetable soup, yogurt, salads, fruit, etc. I try to avoid excessive carbs.

Has anyone else had this happen? WHAT AM I DOING WRONG AND HOW CAN I ACTUALLY START LOSING WEIGHT?
Ideally I want to get back to where I used to be before I turned 20 which was 145lbs. I am 100 lbs above that :'(

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Original Post by bratista420:

I was around 235lbs about 2 weeks ago. That's when I began doing walks for 2 to 3 hours a day. I also cut back on my calorie intake.
Now, after 2 weeks of this, I am 245 lbs and extremely frustrated. I started to eat better and exercise so that I could LOSE WEIGHT not gain it faster than before.
Why is this happening?

Additional information: I just had a physical and I am in perfect health other than my weight (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, thyroid are all normal and well).

I eat vegetable soup, yogurt, salads, fruit, etc. I try to avoid excessive carbs.

Has anyone else had this happen? WHAT AM I DOING WRONG AND HOW CAN I ACTUALLY START LOSING WEIGHT?
Ideally I want to get back to where I used to be before I turned 20 which was 145lbs. I am 100 lbs above that :'(


in order to help you more. what is your height? also when you said you cut back on calories how much are you eating in total?

 

Back away from the dairy, even yogurt, dairy is more fatting than u think and hard to digest.

Stay with lean, non-fried meats as well. Especially stay away from pork, which is very fattening and unhealthy for your body.

Make your own soups so you control what how many calories are in the soup. Store bought soups are full of sodium, which makes you swell, and full of chemicals with little nutrition. Meatless soups are better, use beans or tofu as your meat, which will be less calories and fat.

Fruits are good for you but contain sugar. If you’re not going cut the fatty meats and dairy from your diet watch your sugar intake. Eat more low sugared veggies than fruit.

Carbs? I assume your talking about breads and pastas? Limit them to 3x's a week. White breads and pasta are the worse for your body, try whole grains.

Stay away diet sodas and fruit juices. Drink more water and herbal teas.

Kiss

I would had suggested that perhaps the weight gain is muscle growth, but 10 pounds seems extreme.  Maybe when you weighed yourself you were bloated from salt intake.  Wait a few more days and try again.  Don't give up!  It sounds like you have the right idea with eating healthy and getting exercise in :)

I don't eat much dairy, but I like the yogurt 'cause of the probiotics. And as to the meats, I already eat everything grilled if I eat it at all (been kind of broke, so haven't been having lots of meat, more beans).

My boyfriend and I do make our own soups (I hate the stuff in the cans).

The veggie suggestion sounds pretty good.

I don't drink soda at all (except when I drink alcohol which is not regularly). Almost entirely water and coffee.

I'm pretty sure my diet is OK, but I was very inactive for quite some time. However, I'm surprised that once I started with the walking and sit-ups and such, that I gained so much weight. It's extremely frustrating! Is it normal to gain weight when you begin exercising? I want to get slimmer!

Original Post by bratista420:

I'm pretty sure my diet is OK, but I was very inactive for quite some time. However, I'm surprised that once I started with the walking and sit-ups and such, that I gained so much weight. It's extremely frustrating! Is it normal to gain weight when you begin exercising? I want to get slimmer!

How many calories do you usually consume daily?

Your body may have entered starvation mode, storing resources and slowing your metabolism so that you don't, you know, starve.

Now that you are exercising, your body needs more calories than it did before to pay the energy expenses. Try upping your daily calorie allowance by a hundred calories or two. That sounds counterproductive to weight loss, I know, but ask anyone else here (who, I am certain, can better explain the process than I can).

I would definitely chalk some of that up to water fluctuations.  The heavier you are, the bigger the swing can be.  How often do you weigh yourself?  Do you notice a lot of ups and downs?  If your cal target is appropriate and you are getting in the exercise, you should start to see results so don't get discouraged!  And try to remember that you are doing great things for your health, even when the scale is not cooperating!

I had the same experience starting in November.  Got a treadmill, started running an hour a day, went from 180 to 188 in two weeks time.  Then I got on to this website and started really counting the calories....figured out that I was eating more calories per day when I thought I was eating less.  Then I had a consultation with a nutritionist and she told me to switch to less processed foods.  4 or 5 raw or cooked veggies, 4 or 5 raw fruits (more if I want, veggies are basically "free") 4 to 5 carbs servings, 3 or 4 dairy servings, 3 fats and 75 calories of sweets (like 70% dark chocolate).  It's the Mayo clinic diet 

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/medical/IM04 573

it has worked amazingly well for me.  The veggies get a little bit boring but if you dip them in some low fat dressing they are tolerable.  And the carbs I get the highest fiber content bread I can find for my toast in the morning.  I switched from regular milk to Almond Breeze (awesome stuff, unsweetened add a little splenda YUM). Don't give up or let up....keep walking, and keep on counting. 

Maybe your not eating enough? If u eat under the amount your body requires then you go into starvation mode! Try a calorie calculator In google an put in your stats. This should give you an idea of how many cals you need! Xxxx
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I'm thinking that in a short amount of time like 2wks a lot of that weight could be fluid especially if you haven't been used to exercising much.

You would have had to have eaten 35000 more calories than you burned (by living+activity)  to have gained 10 pounds of 'real' weight

 

try to check your daily sodium intake.i was on the same boat as you but then after i tried to control my sodium even in my super-healthy oatmeal then my weight started to show some sympathy.so good luck!

sounds like a lot of it is water, I have played with this as I am just a bit smaller than you at 210.

The best cure for water is more water, sounds strange I know but you can flush a lot of the sodium out. I am willing to bet your not getting enough water.

Buy a water bottle, carry it everywhere, make it your friend and fill and empty it all the time, suck on the thing where ever you go and when ever you can. 

By adding more water your body realizes it does not need to store as much, Just like the calorie cutting you want to show your body it does not need the extra fat or fluids.

I have found I can drop a few pounds in a day by drinking a lot of water. It may take 8 hours or more for the body to adjust but after a couple days of as much water as you can and you will be down a lot on the scale.

The body also needs water to work, to flush out waste, toxins, etc. Drink up!

Original Post by sdbooker:

 

Back away from the dairy, even yogurt, dairy is more fatting than u think and hard to digest.

Yogurt is not bad for you or hard to digest (unless you have an allergy.) The bacteria in it is good for your intestinal flora and is probably more beneficial for your digestive system than most foods. You can get low fat yogurt or fat free, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with having a small amount of saturated fat in your diet. It's not healthy to try to avoid fat, your body needs it. Yogurts like Greek yogurt are extremely high in protein, low in fat, low in calories, and low in sugar (unless a bunch of sugar is added) and it's incredibly healthy.

Original Post by bratista420:

I was around 235lbs about 2 weeks ago. That's when I began doing walks for 2 to 3 hours a day. I also cut back on my calorie intake.
Now, after 2 weeks of this, I am 245 lbs and extremely frustrated. I started to eat better and exercise so that I could LOSE WEIGHT not gain it faster than before.
Why is this happening?

Additional information: I just had a physical and I am in perfect health other than my weight (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, thyroid are all normal and well).

I eat vegetable soup, yogurt, salads, fruit, etc. I try to avoid excessive carbs.

Has anyone else had this happen? WHAT AM I DOING WRONG AND HOW CAN I ACTUALLY START LOSING WEIGHT?
Ideally I want to get back to where I used to be before I turned 20 which was 145lbs. I am 100 lbs above that :'(

First off, try to relax. Weight fluctuations are very normal.

Your muscles are probably holding onto water and trying to heal since you've gone from being very inactive to being very active in a short period of time.

How much water do you drink each day? Drinking at least 8 glasses (and more if you sweat a lot when you workout) can help flush out some water weight you may be holding onto.

Also, is your period happening anytime soon? I used to gain 5-10 pounds around the week of my period before I got prescribed a diuretic.

I'm almost certain that all or most of the weight gain is simply water weight. In order to gain 10 pounds of fat, you would have had to eat an additional 35,000 calories this week above your maintenance calories. Your maintenance calories are probably 2,300 calories per day or around there (the amount of calories you can eat each day to maintain your current weight), and you would know if you were eating 7,000 calories a day.

I know it's very frustrating to see a gain in the first week after you've been trying to hard, but it sounds like you're doing everything right. I really think that if you stick to it, you will see a loss.

You still haven't told us how much you are eating, which leads me to suspect that it is well under what you should be eating.  Just because you are eating well does not mean you are eating enough.  We also don't know your height or age.

I'd wager your basal metabolic rate is between 2000 and 2200 (i don't have enough information), and your expenditure with the walking is about 3100.  I'm betting you are eating maybe 1200 (I'm hoping it is at least that).  Your body is holding water, a lot, to be sure, but almost positively it's water weight.

If you settle in at around 1600-1800 calories and continue with the walking, eventually increasing to perhaps a gentle jog, and you drink lots of water, I think you might see the losses you are looking for (but of course down to 145 is a ways down the road). Or that's what worked for me -- your mileage may vary. Personally, I don't think you should go below your BMR, but most won't consider that, so I won't suggest it.  I used this calculator to determine BMR (I find it's a bit high on the TEE part, so I don't use it for that).

Thanks! All these comments have been really helpful (upped my water intake). 

I'm not sure how much I eat each day.

Yesterday I had a banana, yogurt, two cookies, two servings of our homemade veggie soup, a casesar salad with olives and tomatoes and cucumber slices, and four string cheeses. I'm not sure how many calories that is...

Original Post by bratista420:

Thanks! All these comments have been really helpful (upped my water intake). 

I'm not sure how much I eat each day.

Yesterday I had a banana, yogurt, two cookies, two servings of our homemade veggie soup, a casesar salad with olives and tomatoes and cucumber slices, and four string cheeses. I'm not sure how many calories that is...

I would say that is probably less than 800 calories. -- which is about 800 calories less than you should be eating.  It's also pretty sodium laden, which will contribute to the water retention.

Original Post by bratista420:

Thanks! All these comments have been really helpful (upped my water intake). 

I'm not sure how much I eat each day.

Yesterday I had a banana, yogurt, two cookies, two servings of our homemade veggie soup, a casesar salad with olives and tomatoes and cucumber slices, and four string cheeses. I'm not sure how many calories that is...

Consider counting your calories on this site. I know it can be a bit tedious, but since you have no idea how many calories you're currently eating, it may be a bit harder to lose weight. Use the tools on this site (under tools at the top of the page and then go to burn meter) to find out how many calories your body burns each day, and then shoot about 500 calories below that. This should lead to you losing each week. After a few months, you'll get a better idea of how many calories you're consuming and you may be able to stop logging calories (that's what I've ended up doing.)

Original Post by bratista420:

I'm not sure how much I eat each day.

Yesterday I had a banana, yogurt, two cookies, two servings of our homemade veggie soup, a casesar salad with olives and tomatoes and cucumber slices, and four string cheeses. I'm not sure how many calories that is...

I see you're new to CC. Track your calories using the website's tools. You may actually be eating much more than you think. 

Good idea, I think I will.

Feeling a bit better today because it seems like the walking is starting to pay off :)

How tall are you?

How old are you?

How long do you walk in minutes each day?

How many calories are you eating each day?

Think of it like a formula of gasoline (food/fuel) for an engine (your body) and calculate how to get the right proportions of ingredients to make the fuel propel the engine with the most energy.

From what you have told us you are definitely NOT eating well at all. You are starving and your body is not running right because of that. Look at what a person of your age and weight and height SHOULD be eating in calories, then create a diet of GOOD healthy calories (not just soup and salad and cheese!) and keep on exercising. You will begin to lose when you fuel properly.

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