It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Weight Loss Message Board

What's Going On?

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-26-2009, 08:25 AM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 14
Cobear HB User
What's Going On?

I am having a frustrating problem. First a little background. In the past three weeks I moved into a new building with a gym. I also have a lighter schedule than usual, so I decided to take the next month and a half to see if I could lose some weight. My normal workout schedule is about 5 days a week for an hour, but I have upped my time to 1.5-2 hours 6 days a week to lose some weight. I have also changed my diet to exclude ALMOST all refined sugar, non whole grain flower, red meat, restaurant food, high carb veggies , starches, on and on. I stopped eating carbs (other than veggies) at night. I eat eggs, egg whites, veggies (lots of Romain spinach zucinni), fish, pure protein shakes, poultry, salt and sugar free peanut butter for fat, olive oil, and some fruit. Ok, so my question. With this diet and food plan my weight has stayed pretty consistent, I am lucky to go down an ounce or two over nearly a week. Although, I can see changes in my body. Yesterday I had a cheat day. I ate a huge breakfast including bacon and high sugar fruit ummm blueberries. In the afternoon went to Boston Market. I ate bbq Chicken (with the skin) baked beans, veggies, and the dreaded cornbread (with butter). For dinner I had a piece of bread (yes after 6pm) with brie sugar free Greek yogurt and a salad. This morning I woke up looking thin, weighed myself and found I lost and astonishing 2lbs! What is going on? This happened to me earlier this summer when I ate restaurant food nearly every day and was at the lower end of my normal weight. So, is all of my hard work for nothing? Should I incorporate restaurant food into my normal eating? My guess is this is water weight but this is really aggravating. Any suggestions?

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 07-26-2009, 10:08 AM   #2
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: United States
Posts: 1,439
tjlhb HB Usertjlhb HB Usertjlhb HB Usertjlhb HB Usertjlhb HB User
Re: What's Going On?

Originally Posted by Cobear View Post
With this diet and food plan my weight has stayed pretty consistent, I am lucky to go down an ounce or two over nearly a week. Although, I can see changes in my body.
Perhaps you gained muscle while losing fat? That may happen to beginners, though it is less likely with already physically fit people with low body fat. If such a thing happened, that would be good, even if the scale shows no change. Indeed, it is really body fat, not body weight, that is unhealthy when in excess. You may want to measure your progress with body fat percentage, or a proxy like waist size, instead of just weight.

As far as a two pound fluctuation in a day goes, that could easily be water weight, which is sensitive to carbohydrate intake, among other things.

Old 07-28-2009, 01:44 PM   #3
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 5,474
tUrRrRa HB UsertUrRrRa HB UsertUrRrRa HB UsertUrRrRa HB UsertUrRrRa HB UsertUrRrRa HB UsertUrRrRa HB UsertUrRrRa HB UsertUrRrRa HB UsertUrRrRa HB User
Re: What's Going On?

I find that if I work out 2+ hours a day, I typically GAIN weight at first from putting on extra muscle and from holding on to extra water weight. After a few weeks, I start to lose weight again. Maybe this is happening with you too. I now only work out about an hour, 5 times a week, but I make it very vigorous. I'm also only trying to maintain my weight.

Most of the time, it's okay to have a splurge day every now and then and it won't kill your diet. If it happens often, then yeah, that can mess up your diet! I have done the idea of a once a week cheat day and it worked great for me. I ate an extremely healthy diet all week, similar to how you eat (cut out processed foods, sweets, etc with mostly lean chicken and vegetables), then ate the not so healthy stuff only once a week (and saved any alcoholic beverages for that day). In a way, it shocks your body and keeps your metabolism from getting too used to eating the same way every day. Many people prefer to do not do this though and prefer to have a small treat EACH day instead of a full day of whatever you want. In the end, if your calories are the same, then either way works.

I also have had times when I ate a ton of junk and lost weight overall. This was because I was eating smaller portions without realizing it. Healthy foods like nuts and olive oil can add up in calories, so if I went out and had some french fries, I might have actually had less calories if I had a smaller size. There was a week when I ate many kids meals at fast food restaurants while traveling a while back and I lost weight when I came back. I think it was because I still ended up in a good caloric range somehow!

Maybe your body does well with a cheat day every now and then! You also might not be eating enough on a regular day with all of the working out you do. Do you know about how many calories you eat on a normal day? Make sure it is enough for your activity level. 1200 calories or so would work for one person to lose weight, but a very active person could need more.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Upper endoscopy scheduled for next week...What to expect? jns1022 Acid Reflux / GERD 17 10-22-2010 07:53 AM
Weak, tired, cloudy - What is wrong with me? damone Brain & Nervous System Disorders 3 05-14-2010 06:12 PM
Space? What Should I do? LabtecJunkie Relationship Health 16 04-24-2010 10:14 PM
Tell Me What This Is finallypretty Anxiety 6 01-22-2005 09:24 PM
Tell me What this is finallypretty Bipolar Disorder 3 01-21-2005 05:40 AM
My OCD story...I don't know what to do...please help jp1283 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 3 01-13-2005 11:01 PM
what to do.... prt 2 Cp406 Relationship Health 464 11-10-2004 12:29 PM
pls,,what is this ,, ladies?? dust Menopause 17 10-26-2004 05:40 AM
What does this mean about her? LostFirstLove Relationship Health 7 12-03-2003 08:33 PM
Ready to fall apart...:( what's going on here??? what should I do? blurr Relationship Health 28 06-27-2003 07:51 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:32 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!