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06-15-2006, 06:12 PM
I was on another thread yesterday blah-blah'ing about how last night was our cheat night & we were having take-out Chinese, but I was going to eat within reason and all that.

So, REALLY, I DID eat within reason., I thought. A small bowl of wonton soup, I didn't even eat the wontons,...about 4 pieces of General Tso's or whatever that chicken is (BITE-size pieces) ...1/4 cup steamed white rice..and some chow mein, no noodles.

So, I think I did pretty good really, keeping my calories yesterday at about 1300. (I THINK--it is hard to tell with take-out).

So, I get on the scale this morning and I WAS UP THREE LBS!!!! I frantically took off my robe, pulled the clip outa my hair, bit my fingernails, took off my rings, moved the scale, -- (anything to reduce the poundage)...and Yup, I was up three pounds. I freaked. I have had fluctuations like a pound or a pound and a half, but 3 lbs.?? COME ON!~ I haven't even changed my tracker back up yet, because I am in serious denial.

Is this food like poison to my system or what???? Seriously, is it the MSG or what else is in Chinese food???

06-15-2006, 06:14 PM
It's all the MSG and sodium... you're probably just retaining water. SLAM water today and maybe go for a jog to sweat some of it out and you'll level out again :). Don't panic!!

06-15-2006, 06:25 PM
I agree. Whenever I eat something a bit "beyond the pale", I don't count my weight as accurate for at least 2 days. That's how long it takes me to get over the effects of the extra sodium, bulk etc. Just remind yourself that there is no way you ate 10,500 cals yesterday. I think you did a very good job in moderation- I'm sure you'll be back in the swing in a day or 2.

Try not to let it spoil your enjoyment of the meal- after all it's not weight that we are trying to lose, but fat. Any extra weight right now isn't going to be fat, I promise!:)

06-15-2006, 06:29 PM
I went through this same thing awhile back. Except I went hog wild at a chinese buffet..stepped on the scale the next morning and was up four pounds!:o No freakin' way was that a real "gain"...but I was retaining water like mad. It'll go away, don't panic!:)

06-15-2006, 06:32 PM
I'd like to reiterate that this is just water weight, not fat gain. Chinese is full of sodium, including that in MSG and the salt they add - drink some extra water to help flush the sodium out and you'll be back to normal in no time.

If I have a weight change like that, I don't put it on my ticker. I always wait a few days to get all of that excess sodium out - otherwise I'd get depressed.

06-15-2006, 06:40 PM
So far, this is all very encouraging..thank you. 'Cause that Chinese food was good, but NOT 3 lbs. good, for real!

I'm gonna be a nervous wreck when I step on that scale tomorrow at 6:00 a.m.

Mandalinn82, thank you for not moving your ticker either. I feel almost as bad about not moving the ticker as I do about the 3 lbs.

06-15-2006, 06:50 PM
Don't worry about not moving your ticker!! I only move mine once a week because if I moved it up and down all week long I'd lose my mind!!! Don't worry, it'll go away!

06-15-2006, 07:01 PM
Is this food like poison to my system or what???? Seriously, is it the MSG or what else is in Chinese food???
Nah, it's just the sodium. You're retaining water, that's all. You did NOT gain three pounds of fat from one meal. Not unless you ate 10,500 calories.

Like others have suggested, drink lots of water to flush out the excess sodium and then take heed to the moral of this story.....

Never get on the scale the morning after eating Chinese food, lol.

And don't move your tracker. Again, it's just water weight, not fat weight.

We went to a Thai place for lunch today. I had the Pina Colada Shrimp. It was very delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I won't get on the scale tomorrow, lol. I only weigh myself about once or twice a month now, anyway.

06-15-2006, 07:01 PM
Okay...I won't move the ticker. LOL. I usually move it everyday. The monitors of this website are probably sick of my ticker obsession anyway. LOL

06-15-2006, 07:05 PM I have never understood this: Retain water, so DRINK more water? Won't all that sodium just soak up all the water I am drinking? And then tomorrow I might have FIVE more lbs. of water weight? I would lose my mind, I swear.

06-15-2006, 07:18 PM
Well the extra water will help to flush all the sodium out, helping you to lose the water wait.
I Know, to me that sounds kinda backwards, but it really works.

06-15-2006, 07:21 PM I have never understood this: Retain water, so DRINK more water? Won't all that sodium just soak up all the water I am drinking? And then tomorrow I might have FIVE more lbs. of water weight? I would lose my mind, I swear.
No no no, lol.

The water you drink will help to flush out the excess sodium. The excess sodium is what causes you to retain water. I know it sounds crazy, but the more water you drink, the less your body holds onto. When you don't drink enough water, your body holds onto what it has for proper hydration. When you drinks lots of water, the excess (what your body is holding onto) is let go.

The following is taken from an article on preventing water retention...

Drinking an adequate amount of water every day is the best treatment for fluid retention. But when your body is given less water than it needs... it perceives the shortage as a threat to survival and will begin to retain every drop. Water reserves are stored in extra-cellular spaces (outside the cells). This water can show up as swollen feet, hands and legs.

Diuretics only offer a temporary solution at best. They force out stored water along with some essential nutrients. Again, the body perceives a threat and will replace the lost water at the first opportunity. Thus, the condition quickly returns.

The best way to overcome the problem of water retention is to give your body what it needs — plenty of water — only then will stored water be released.

Keep in mind that the body can retain as much as 3-6 pounds of water alone. And yes, that will show up on the scale.

Anytime you eat a meal that's high in sodium, drink plenty of water during the meal and the rest of the day after.

06-15-2006, 08:07 PM
I hate to discourage you, and I hope you are different than me. But when I am up with water retention, it can take me a week or more to get rid of it. It really annoys me. I told my husband, I guess I just need to live in a cave, never eat out and never drink alcohol, that's another one that does me in! I wish you luck with getting rid of the water weight. I am still working on my 3# from last weekend!!

06-16-2006, 07:35 AM
My body does NOT like salt! I actually look at the salt content of foods now before I look at anything else. We don't have salt in the house for cooking and I don't miss it at all now.

I know you will see that weight go down again soon, but I understand how frustrating it can be when you believe you have been SO good, but the scales tell you otherwise. It is no longer the scales that drive me crazy, but SALT!!!! It is EVIL!


06-16-2006, 10:26 AM
Well today is another day. Got on the scale again this morning and i can't believe it--the three lbs were gone!
I was amazed. :carrot: :carrot:

Following everyone's advice, I drank so much water yesterday evening I was up all night. LOL. So between the water and the exercise I got running to the bathroom all night....I guess it WAS the MSG & Sodium. Still, tho, I'm DONE with Chinese food.

THANK you all, once again!!

06-16-2006, 11:42 AM
Well today is another day. Got on the scale again this morning and i can't believe it--the three lbs were gone!
I was amazed. :carrot: :carrot:
Told ya, sweetie ;)

It won't be the last time, either. So if you want some Chinese food, just take care not to eat it too often, but enjoy it when you do and drink lots of water during the meal and after as well.

And don't get on the scale, lol.

One time we had dinner with family and we had fixed a huge pot of ham and green beans. You know, yummy fresh green beans from a farm market simmered in a pot with ham pieces, a ham hock, bouillon cubes to add more flavor, all that fun sodium-rich stuff. My stupid butt got on the scale the next day and I was up 5 pounds.

I almost fainted.

Even though we know it's water weight, it's still very discouraging to see those numbers go up on the scale. You try to say over and over to yourself, "It's just water weight! It's just water weight!" But there's something about the visualization of the numbers on the scale - they freak ya out, lol.

06-16-2006, 04:24 PM
Yesterday, while reading this thread I was eating Chinese food. I just had some veggies and chicken, but thanks to this thread I was scared to get on the scale this morning. SIX POUNDS! If I hadn't read this thread I probably would have ripped my hair out.

And today, I'm eating Chinese food again. :D

06-16-2006, 06:57 PM
Well all I can say was that was a real eye-opener. I had no idea... This it the first time we had Chinese in about 6 months, so I was really totally floored. I thought maybe I had gotten up in the middle of the night and ate a side of beef while I was sleep walking. whew. :D Nope, never again!

06-22-2006, 07:30 PM
I haven't brought chinese food in a long time. I have the weight watchers cookbook Take out tonight. It has a lo mein and beef/broc. and chicken recipe that is so good. I am a calorie counter and I just don't know what is in those dishes.

Ithought I was the only one to take off my rings and hair pins when I weigh.