Weight Loss Support - Gaining weight while sick?

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12-18-2011, 03:46 PM
Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this. I've been sick for about 4 days now, and during that time, my weight has steadly gone up...Its just a cold, but i'm not eating very much and yet I'm still gaining. I haven't taken any cold medicine or even advil. I just like it to pass naturally. Could it be water retention? Or is my body just holding onto any calories it gets, as I am not eating much?

12-18-2011, 06:21 PM
Water retention for sure. Your body goes into protective mode when you're ill. As soon as you're recovered, you'll whoosh it off. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!

12-18-2011, 10:33 PM
Thanks for saving me the trouble of posting the same exact question! I have been sick, barely able to eat 500 calories a day (because I'm sleeping for most of it) but I haven't had many liquids either. I got on the scale this morning thinking something good might come from being ill but all I saw was a 1.5 pound gain! Grrr! Im thinking (HOPING!) it is water retention too because I just can't imagine my metabolism shutting down after only a couple days of eating very little. But maybe it can? No idea. I'm looking forward to more responses.

Hope you are feeling better! :)

12-18-2011, 10:49 PM
Thanks Dogdaysofdiets :) Seriously hoping it is water retention. Freakin scale...Gonna ignore it for the next week and see what happens. Hopefully it will whoosh right off :)

And same to you ShanIam :)... Hope you feel better soon. Freakin cold and flu season. -.-...

12-18-2011, 11:51 PM
I just got my wisdom teeth out and the same this happened to me!! Barely eating and ive gained 3 lbs