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01-08-2013, 09:30 AM
Ok, not that I am complaining, lol, but I have been eating horrible over the holidays, and have only gained 5lbs...but already down 3 lbs from that as of today. I started out at 172, and dropped to 145 over several months. I went up to 150, now I am back at 146.6. I stopped walking dec 18, just started that again a few days ago. I mean I have been eating out ALOT, enjoying sweets, mochas, hot chocolates, coffee with tons of sugar..etc.
My question is....I know it takes 3,500 calories to gain a pound of weight, and going up to 150 and coming back down to 146 in a few days mean water weight to me, why in the world didn't I gain weight? I thought it was so easy to gain weight back after losing? Honestly I wanted to enjoy the holidays and I love comfort foods and coffees during the winter. I mean I know I have ate at least 2,000-2,500 calories in one day, and this went on over december. My calorie intake on diet was 1,500.
Is it this easy to keep the weight off once I have hit my goal? Maybe I was eating the right amount of calories to maintain my weight?

Has anyone ever did this? Kinda went off their diet and ate bad, but really didn't gain but water weight?
OR if it took me several months to lose 25 pounds, would it take several months to put it back on?
Dumb questions...lol...I just thought gaining was faster than losing, and it shocked me that I only gained 5 lbs worth of water weight.

01-08-2013, 10:27 AM
Well, it could be that even though you have lost on 1500, your maintenance is more like 2200, so if you were eating around there, even if it was junk, your body was just maintaining, only slightly gaining.

I have PCOS, so I'm different. And sadly, any weight that I gain because of my IR, means it's mostly "real" weight. Sometimes its not immediate, sometimes it takes a week to show up!

(I try to stay on "plan" always and never go off on this one. I did go off during these past holidays and gained 5 pounds. All of which are NOT water weight... :(.)

01-08-2013, 10:35 AM
Yes, this has happened to me many times but eventually the extra calories inevitably catch up & I start gaining quickly even if I have been back on track.

Just the way my body works.

01-08-2013, 10:50 AM
Are you all saying that weight gain is not immediate. I can see weight gain two weeks later from a milk shake I drank on New Years? Even after going on plan on the first?

01-08-2013, 10:57 AM
This happens to me all the time, too. I gained less than 3 lbs after eating like crap and not working out for about 2 weeks. I think maybe because I had been working out and eating right, so maybe my metabolism was up? Who knows, but I'm not mad about it!

01-08-2013, 11:32 AM
This is why I'm convinced that the scale is a giant magic 8 ball - completely irrelevant to what I'm doing. And for some reason, my clothes fit differently at a certain weight on the "way up" than they do "on the way down" at the same weight. IDK!?

However - I have noticed that since I have developed permanent habits that even when I go ridiculously off plan, it's not like it used to be. Back then eating pizza meant eating 5 or 6 slices of deep dish meat lover's pizza - now, it means 4 or 5 slices of the square cut thin crust chicken pizza. Or before if I had ice cream, I ate an entire Ben and Jerry's container in one sitting and now I go through the drive thru and have a cone with one scoop. My guess is that you weren't eating as badly as you thought - yes, it resulted in weight gain and you don't want to continue it, but it wasn't the crazy binge that you thought.

01-08-2013, 11:53 AM
I am not sure if it's ever happened to me as I never watched my weight loss as much as I am this time.

I'd say chalk it up to the lucky Santa Claus gods who watched over you at Christmas!

I'm afraid I'll be watching over my shoulder for the rest of my life for the pounds to not come back. I have heard of people gaining back 25lbs (or more) and they said they never saw it happen and it just appeared one day, I can't do that this time.

Get back on your plan, back to your exercise and wipe your brow, saying I got lucky that time!!

01-08-2013, 12:13 PM
This happens to me too and is the beginning of a downward spiral. I'll go off plan and eat crap for a couple weeks without much of a gain. Then I'll be so off track it continues and then the weight starts piling back on fast. It's pretty much how my life has been for the last 10 years and looking back I can see how I gained weight each time.

01-08-2013, 12:22 PM
Well glad I'm not the only one that it has happened too. I am gonna get a grip on what I am eating and start walking again. It's just weird to think, all the pizza, cheesecake, iced coffee, cakes, burgers, etc only lead to 5lb water weight gain. lol. Well I made a lovely cabbage soup that is pretty much all you can eat, very low in calories. It is soooo good!! Hubby said "make more!" lol. The holidays are over, so back to watching the calories. (hehe until valentine's day)

01-08-2013, 01:06 PM
I was way off plan over the holidays too and I'm afraid to weigh myself right now, but I'm back on plan since New Years and I'll weigh myself again in a week or so.

However, I did have a similar experience to yours a few months ago. I went on a cruise for a week and ate pretty much whatever I wanted. A week after I got back home and back on plan, I was right back where I started before the cruise. My husband has had the same experience.

I've never read anything medical to substantiate this, but I'm thinking maybe, at least to a small extent, that if your body is used to having fewer calories and is suddenly presented with a big surplus for a short period of time, it doesn't absorb some of them - just passes them out. Just my theory, never read this anywhere.

That being said, I don't think this is a good thing to do - I lose much more consistently when I STAY ON PLAN.

01-08-2013, 01:44 PM
i also had a "gain" over the holidays that just went away again right away...i weighed 181 on christmas morning, even AFTER several eating challenges ahead of christmastime...over that week my weight steadily went up and i peaked around 188 right before new years day...then TOM came, and i got back to a stricter eating plan, continued working out and now i'm back down to 181 where i was before...i think most/all of that was TOM and water weight and/or simply excess food in my system

i too am worried about waking up one day and "all of a sudden" having gained all the weight back....that's why when i slack off, i get really worried that i'm gaining weight even though i dont see it and dont feel it...that i'll think i'm still smaller until one morning i wake up and, poof, i'm 40 pounds heavier again :(

01-08-2013, 01:48 PM
Maybe the working out you did before sped up your metabolism enough to burn those extra calories and it hadn't slowed down yet. I imagine after time it would eventually return to normal without the added help.

01-08-2013, 01:53 PM
Want2bskine can u pass along that cabbage recipe.

01-08-2013, 02:22 PM
Maybe the working out you did before sped up your metabolism enough to burn those extra calories and it hadn't slowed down yet. I imagine after time it would eventually return to normal without the added help.

Sadly working out doesn't affect your metabolism like this. You burn more calories while you're working out obviously but shortly after you're done your metabolism returns to baseline. How long your metabolism is elevated depends on the kind of workout and how intense it was. Even a long intense workout doesn't move the needle much, unfortunately.

01-08-2013, 02:24 PM
Could be a lot of things but my guess would be that you were retaining water before the holidays and the scale wasn't accurately reflecting your weight.

Ultimately - the scale is a horrible way to measure progress short term. In fact - short term nothing is really good outside of a lab setting.

01-08-2013, 03:10 PM
This has happened a lot.

Sometimes there is no upswing or gain. Last month I ate probably 3-4,000 calories in one sitting of Japanese food and the scale didn't go up at all despite all the rice and sodium.

Other times I think I'm safe, and 2-3 days later the gain appears.

No one can continue to overeat at a caloric surplus for a long time without gaining eventually!

01-08-2013, 04:13 PM
Give it a few more weeks of eating that way and you will gain it back!
Im the same way, if I get off the wagon for a few weeks Im fine, but more than that, the weight will start pilling up... And you will get into this "is water weight, I'll walk it off" mentality... and then all of the sudden it will be 10lbs or more, and you will be still on denial thinking is water weight... (Being there...)

Truth is, most of us will have to watch what we eat for the rest of our lives... It doesn't mean that you can't take a break but I know and you know that if you keep eating that way the weight will eventually pile up and it will be harder to lose it...

01-09-2013, 02:30 AM
Yes this normally happens You have to continue the hard work to maintain your body fit. It is not easy to lose weight but it is more difficult to remain slim after reducing weight.

01-09-2013, 05:44 AM
I think one of the main problems with the scales is the psychological meaning you create. I remember countless times when I overeate for a few days and i was scared to weight myself only to discover that the damage was not so bad. But there were also those other countless times when i did everything right and the scale did not move on the right direction.

The thing is if you have been eating healthy, counting calories, OP whatever you want to call it for a while you start to know when you are making the right decisions with your diet or you are not. But if you base your results on the scale reading is like you dettach yourself of what you are doing and you just believe this number so you can get in this unhealthy headspace where you think: Oh no, I am doing everything right and the scale does not move; or the opposite: I have been overeating for a while and the scale don't reflect it.

In the end deeply inside of you I am sure you know if you are doing the right thing or not. Basing your results on the scale reading is like not admitting responsibility for your actions as the number sometimes reflect weight loss, fat loss, water loss, muscle loss it could be so many things. A healthy behaviour would be to always remember to eat to fuel your body in the best way, to have healthy muscles, mobility in your joints and functionality to live. Minor deviations from this behaviour will not mean anything on the grand scheme of life.