Hi all. I hope I am posting in the right place as I am new here and this is my first go.
I am not new to dieting but this time I decided I was going to do it "right". I have some pretty major chronic health problems so I chose the Anti Inflammatory Diet to try to lose weight and help with pain at the same time. I have gone from eating tons of starch and fat and meat to eating almost entirely vegetables, fruits and tofu. Prior to starting this diet about 2-3 weeks ago, I was in a bad period of eating following the loss of a family member. I was averaging 2500-3000 calories a day (a lot, I know!), much of it processed.
The shift in my diet was sudden and drastic. I cut almost all refined starches out, stopped eating meat (except one day a week) and reduced my calories to about 1700/day. My exercise level has stayed mostly the same, however I am as active as I can be given my health.
Here's the kicker: In the last two weeks, I've actually GAINED several pounds! I am so not thrilled! I've been keeping extremely close track of my calories so I am not slipping in any extras. I am drinking lots of water and herbal teas to help flush out any nastiness. I always weigh myself first thing in the morning. I kind of feel like I look thinner, but it's difficult to tell since I am still fatter than I am used to being. I am really confused.
I know that sudden changes in diet can affect water weight, but wouldn't that correct itself after almost 3 weeks??? Is my scale broken? Has anyone else had this experience on a similar diet plan? Should I stick with it or try something new? I really can't comprehend how I can be eating so little and so healthy and still gain! In the past I have lost weight relatively easily on way less restrictive diets. I do feel really good on this diet, pain-wise, so I am hesitant to give it up, but I will if it keeps making me fatter!
Any advice would be much appreciated!