I am so frustrated right now. I have packed on 3 pounds this past week. In my head, I know it cannot be "real" weight gain as I have not changed my diet at all (my calories are about 1500-1600), but that doesn't make it any easier. It is not time for TOM, so that isn't doing it either (I don't think so, anyway - I've been a bit irregular the last couple of months). What IS going on is that I've hurt my back. I think it is a pulled muscle. As the pain has gotten worse, my weight has gone up. The increasing pain and increasing weight are working together to stress me out -- which seems to make my weight climb even higher
Has anyone else experienced this? Weight gain associated with an injury and/or stress, without a change in dietary habits? I am continuing my regular exercise as best I can, but have to make certain adjustments to avoid making the injury worse. They aren't really significant enough to make a drastic change to my caloric expenditure - it is more a case of substituting things than eliminating things . Anyway, I know that weight training causes muscles to retain water as they repair themselves, but I wasn't sure if a pulled muscle would have the same effect. Anyone know? Also, whenever I get stressed, it seems my weight just takes a drastic upward spike (even though I eat the same things) and stays up there until I chill out. What is up with that??