Weight Loss Support - Huh???!! Honestly? This is water weight?




schubunny
01-31-2012, 11:38 AM
I jumped on the scale this morning for my weigh in (the day its usually down, since I didn't exercise yesterday) and it says I gained 13lbs total in a week- What?????????

I've been drinking 8-12 glasses of water as usual, and I drank 12 yesterday. How could this be water weight? I only ate 1200 calories yesterday and I eat the usual 1200-1600.

I've never seen a gain THIS high before, especially from water, and after so religiously making sure I'm hydrated. And yes I peed and weighed as soon as I got up as I usually do.

Can anyone prevent me from having a heart attack? :dizzy:

I also took my measurements and my chest/hips went down more, but my arm went back up an inch and my stomach went up 2 inches. Could that be something?

So my weigh in went like this -186-193-196-200 since I hit my lowest weight. What the heck is going on? I never had these problems until I started working out again a month ago.


ICUwishing
01-31-2012, 11:43 AM
schubunny, this is where a food log can really come in handy. It COULD be water weight - from a food sensitivity. I haven't had anything that extreme, but I can gain 4 pounds in 3 hours when I tangle with artificial food colorants. Some cause immediate inflammation, and others can take up to 48 hours, which is why the food log is such a useful tool. Figuring it out can be a long process and take some patience!

Or ... and this has been a recurring theme ... your scale may simply need some new batteries. :D Before you throw it through a wall, try that!

Jonsgurl0531
01-31-2012, 11:49 AM
Also your body retains water more when you exercise since your muscles use it when repairing themselves. DO you feel sore after working out?

Hormone fluxes can cause water retention. I go up 5-8 pounds around my TOM and when I was not on BC it was around the time I was ovulating as well.

There is no way you would have magically gained 13 pounds. I know it is frustrating but you just need to ignore the scale and keep going. YOU know you are not cheating and YOU know you are drinking the right amount of water. As long as you are doing everything right it the weight will come off.


schubunny
01-31-2012, 11:54 AM
YOU know you are not cheating and YOU know you are drinking the right amount of water. As long as you are doing everything right it the weight will come off.

I know, it's just... omg it's scary :( I heard of people retaining a lot of water and while I am prone (beer makes me bloat enormously), I try to stay away from what makes it worse and guzzle water like no tomorrow.

I have a feeling it's my weight loss program making it worse, because I am constantly sore.

I feel like having a cheat day, I hear that causes a whoosh.

kateleestar
01-31-2012, 11:55 AM
Does your scale need new batteries? :D

lovemydoggiesx2
01-31-2012, 11:58 AM
You said you just started working out again. Can it maybe be water weight added with new lean muscle??...you know muscle weighs more than fat...=)

schubunny
01-31-2012, 12:11 PM
You said you just started working out again. Can it maybe be water weight added with new lean muscle??...you know muscle weighs more than fat...=)

I never thought about that. I hear so many different things though, someone told me it's too early for me to put on muscle yet. Is that true?

schubunny
01-31-2012, 12:12 PM
Does your scale need new batteries? :D

I just tested it with a 10lb dumbbell and it's accurate :(

kateleestar
01-31-2012, 12:17 PM
Well, crap, lol.. The last time mine went that wonky it was batteries. I have gained 12lbs once when I was on TOM and I had started p90x, lol.. that was a shocker! :lol:

schubunny
01-31-2012, 12:39 PM
Well, crap, lol.. The last time mine went that wonky it was batteries. I have gained 12lbs once when I was on TOM and I had started p90x, lol.. that was a shocker! :lol:

What I'm doing is like P90X -intense body weight training with cardio. And I could be on TOM and don't know it (I don't get it any more because of my birth control)

Did you get a whoosh in the end?

Katydid77
01-31-2012, 01:11 PM
There still could be something wonky with your scale. Sometimes they are more accurate with smaller weights, but are off on higher weights (like what humans actually weigh)

Like everyone is saying, it could be the perfect storm with exercise, TOM, and water retention. There is no way you have gained 13 pounds.

I think I would run by my doctor's office and ask to weigh on their scale really quick. Or go to somewhere, and step on a scale just to compare.

A cheat day may be a decent idea, just watch that you don't eat a ton of sodium that encourages your body to keep the water it may have retained. Also, only do a cheat day if you are in a good mental place to do so. If it's going to turn into a cheat week/month/year . . . back away from the ledge. lol

thistoo
01-31-2012, 01:15 PM
Does your scale need new batteries? :D

That is the first thing I'd do; change the batteries. Even if the 10 lb. weight was accurate, the higher the weight, the more it can get thrown off.

Magalo
01-31-2012, 01:17 PM
Have you tried a new food recently ? Maybe you have a reaction, or an allergy of some sort.

djs06
01-31-2012, 01:21 PM
Are your muscles sore? I've found that when I work out and my muscles are sore, that translates to a big water weight gain. When the soreness leaves, the weight goes with it for the most part.

LiannaKole
01-31-2012, 01:26 PM
That's quite a fluctuation, but if you know you're not eating too much then it's most likely not fat gain. Which leaves water and/or muscle gain, both of which are better than fat. :)

I hate fluctuations too. Have you been eating something that causes water retention? I bloat hugely when I eat bread - two small slices and I'm up 1.5-3 lbs the next day even if I didn't eat over my calories. But I try not to panic - it is what it is and I'll ride it out.

xJox
01-31-2012, 01:28 PM
I went up 5 lbs with Aunt Flo. Could it be your TOM?

Arctic Mama
01-31-2012, 07:45 PM
That's pretty crazy - I'd say inflammation, either due to your dietary choices, exercise, hormones, or all three - is the culprit. Watch the sugar, grains, and dairy. Cut those out for a week or two as much as you possibly can, and see if it doesn't make a dramatic difference. If you are working out, take a rest and refeed day or change up the kind of exercise you are doing to rest the muscle groups you are using most.

And last - if all else fails, take a scale break. If you are truly eating nutritious, low inflammatory foods and retaining that kind of water, you're just going to make yourself insane and upset if you know you are doing all the right things and the short term results are lacking. IF everything is perfect, stop measuring with anything but a measuring tape for a week, preferably even a month. I rarely recommend scale breaks because most dieters need that accountability, but don't make yourself crazy, either.

schubunny
01-31-2012, 08:12 PM
That's pretty crazy - I'd say inflammation, either due to your dietary choices, exercise, hormones, or all three - is the culprit. Watch the sugar, grains, and dairy. Cut those out for a week or two as much as you possibly can, and see if it doesn't make a dramatic difference. If you are working out, take a rest and refeed day or change up the kind of exercise you are doing to rest the muscle groups you are using most.

And last - if all else fails, take a scale break. If you are truly eating nutritious, low inflammatory foods and retaining that kind of water, you're just going to make yourself insane and upset if you know you are doing all the right things and the short term results are lacking. IF everything is perfect, stop measuring with anything but a measuring tape for a week, preferably even a month. I rarely recommend scale breaks because most dieters need that accountability, but don't make yourself crazy, either.

I find it so hard to cut out dairy. The problem is I'm on vacation next week so I don't want to restrict too much, since I won't have a whole lot to do and am afraid I will eat myself silly hahaha.

I do know some of my measurements went down, and a couple went up. Mostly the sore areas went up, so that must be where I'm holding my water weight.

berryblondeboys
01-31-2012, 11:25 PM
I gained that much very quickly when I went for low carb to eating carbs over the holidays and most of it went right to my gut. Why? I was replenishing my glycogen stores. I would gain 4 pounds overnight if I ate dessert and nibbled on cookies. I'm not talking binging, just going from not eating that stuff, to eating that stuff. But, it came off pretty quickly too... Only the remaining fat of too many calories remained - 4 of the 14 pounds I gained.

ennay
02-01-2012, 02:28 AM
Does your scale need new batteries? :D

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Or more likely just broken

indiblue
02-01-2012, 05:41 AM
It could be water weight if you ate a lot of sodium. At 124 I have gained 7 lbs in one day after a dinner of sushi, miso soup, and alcohol. It took about 10 days for it to fully come off.

Just stay on track and keep us posted over the next few days. Good luck!

schubunny
02-01-2012, 11:36 AM
I weighed today, down to 197, only a 3lb loss but I hope it's a start to it going back down.

I drank water and ginger tea last night hoping it would help me shed more water and I woke up today as thirsty as a horse in the desert. Is that normal?

I've already mentioned I tested my scale and it's weighing accurately.

djs06
02-01-2012, 11:51 AM
How late did you drink it? I find that if I drink anything within an hour or so before bed, I'm heavier in the morning. I don't know why that is AT ALL, but I know when I wake up really having to pee, my weigh in is not going to be great.

schubunny
02-01-2012, 12:31 PM
How late did you drink it? I find that if I drink anything within an hour or so before bed, I'm heavier in the morning. I don't know why that is AT ALL, but I know when I wake up really having to pee, my weigh in is not going to be great.

Oh no :( But I don't have much of a choice, I don't have time to drink all the water at work since it's so busy, and I have about 2 hours until I go to bed once I get home.

freelancemomma
02-01-2012, 02:00 PM
<<At 124 I have gained 7 lbs in one day after a dinner of sushi, miso soup, and alcohol. >>

Wow, that's a good thing for me to remember the next time I go out for all-you-can-eat sushi! (One of our family's favourite meals and an occasional indulgence I'm not willing to give up.)

F.

schubunny
02-02-2012, 11:25 AM
I feel really horrible today and dissapointed. Weight is still 196, and my hips went up 3 inches!!! What happened? I'm about ready to just throw in the towel.

I have a feeling it's the strength training ruining everything, but I can't afford the gym right now and I hate running or walking in the freezing cold.

Should I stop exercising for a few days and just concentrate on my calories and see if this bloating stops? I've run out of ideas and Googling.

Really depressing day.