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Old 07-26-2011, 03:40 PM   #1
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Help! Last week I was down to 251, and looking forward to hitting 250 which would mark a 100 loss for me. Since then, my weight has been slowly climbing, even though I have been eating fewer than 1500 calories a day, staying low carb, and exercising 5-6 times/wk (all the things that made me lose weight up to this point!) I've tried drinking more water, going lower carb, everything... I was 256 this morning and just got on the scale and was 258. Every time I get on the scale, I weigh more!
Has anybody here had anything like this happen? It's really getting me depressed and upset...
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Old 07-26-2011, 03:54 PM   #2
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First of all, we gain weight during the day. So it's actually quite normal to be 256 in the morning and be 258 in the afternoon. I would ignore the 258 completely.

It sounds like this recent 5 pound gain is just that... recent. Give your normal routine another two weeks to see what's going on with the scale. ONLY counting your morning weigh-in.

It's normal to hit stalls. Give it more than a week before re-evaluating.
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Old 07-26-2011, 03:55 PM   #3
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Get OFF the scale! If you are weighing multiple times a day, it's not accurate because you are weighing everything you ate and drank. You've lost just about 100 lbs (which is AMAZING!) so clearly you know what to do and what works for your body. Just hang in there, keep working your plan and the scale will catch up with you.

While theoretically the scale can't know that you are about to hit a major milestone like 100 lbs lost, a lot of people do experience a stall around those times. One idea is to put the scale away for 2-4 weeks. Keep staying on plan and by the time you weigh in again, you should be safely below the 100 lbs. I can't promise I will have the will power to do this myself, but I'm considering it.
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Old 07-26-2011, 09:30 PM   #4
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I keep getting on the scale hoping it was just water weight and that it comes off. I find it too depressing that I would just gain this much weight for no reason... I have felt so in control the past nine months, as I've been losing, but this feels awful - no matter what I do I'm heavier each time I step on the scale. It's like a bad dream...
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:13 PM   #5
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Ugh I feel your pain right now. I just got off the scale and it said 239. I was just 233 on Saturday :/
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:24 PM   #6
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I'ts just normal to stall or gain some weeks, it's so discouraging, but WOW, look how great you have done and are doing.

Maybe you will find your clothes fit a little looser even tho the scale isn't kind. That happened to me several times.
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:53 AM   #7
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Purrfect - thank you! I went and tried on some things in my closet and they did fit better! A silver lining And I'm down a couple of lbs today...

Thanks all for listening to me whine!
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:28 AM   #8
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The scale's such a double-edged sword. I agree with April. Ditch it for a bit. The scale weighs so much more than fat - and there's only so much you can control in terms of water fluctuation, etc.

Stalls are dangerous. I've known too many people who decide to just give up - why put so much effort into something where you're not seeing results? But at 100 pounds down, I'm sure you've seen them and moved through them before.

And, of course, WOW! To be 95 pounds down - that's PHENOMENAL. Congratulations.
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:43 AM   #9
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Sound like things are back on track. I'm noticing that when you're losing a lot and doing it everyday, stalls of just a couple days seem insurmountable. Patience with the scale and confidence in my plan are two things I need to work on if I plan to keep my sanity during this journey.
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I definitely feel your pain. I got on the scale yesterday and it was 265.6 and then today it says 272.4. I was like wth???????? I am doing everything I've been doing, the past two weeks it's been going down, and now I'm right back where I was? No way!!! It's gotta be water weight...I hope that's all it is with you too. I am in awe of the fact that you've lost so much anyway. You are truly an inspiration to me. Keep your head up!
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:28 AM   #11
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Thanks you guys! Scale back at 251 today. Gypsy - I cut down even more on carbs the last couple of days (tried to stay 40 grams or below) and that seemed to reverse the upward trend... I'm not sure what kind of plan you are following and if carbs are your issue
Now, one more lb to 100....
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