Well i just weighed myself and i went from 165 last friday to 185 today. Please tell me that it almost all water weight. I hear about people gaining 3-5 from water retension but never 20 lbs. I think that its water weight because my body feels pretty firm at 165 and now it feels very loose. I also relize to actually gain 20 lbs in a week i would have to eat 70,000 calories more than what i burned throughout the week, but i just need some reassurance.
Original Post by hockeygirl44:
it isn't possible. Don't worry, there is something wrong with your scale. I would buy a new one or, better yet, just throw it out.
I weigh 185 right now, down from 215. That's 20 pounds more than nomad_27. If we had a contest to see who could GAIN the most weight in a week, I wonder how much I could gain if I tried. I don't know, but I bet I couldn't gain 20 pounds in one week even if I worked at it and drank as much water as I could just before weigh-in!
It could be a combination of weight gain and water retention...I suppose the question you have to ask yourself is does your body look/feel any different. If you gained 20lbs in a week you would see and feel it on your body.
Otherwise there must be something wrong with the scale...
get a measuring tape from a sewing section in a store and use that instead- the scale is an evil entity made to make those who look at it feel inferior like and a total failure...
log your measurements and get a body fat test at a gym and keep updating that- also, guage your clothes fit...
i HATE teh scale but can't stop looking at it - mine only moved 7 lbs in 6 weeks yet i have put on close to 14 lbs in muscle... the scale doesn't tell the full story just as calculating your BMI based on height & weight only doesn't tell your story - you need a true caliper/computer based test at a gym/fitness center to get your full story!!!
Good luck! 20lbs in one week is nearly impossible (unless you swallowed a small 18 month old child, which I doubt!)
Original Post by iamme1270:
calculating your BMI based on height & weight only doesn't tell your story
It not only doesn't tell the whole story, I find it completely useless. Six months ago, I didn't need to know my BMI to realize I was overweight. All I had to do was look in the mirror.
Here's my current favorite example of a guy who, according to his BMI, is overweight. He's 6' 4" and 224 pounds. His BMI is 27.4. Anything over 25 is overweight and anything over 30 is obese. His name is Tom Brady and he's the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots. Click the link to see his picture.
I'm 5'11". At 185 pounds, I'm nearing my goal weight of 180 pounds. Even then, I will STILL be considered overweight with a BMI of 25.1.
So my question is, how LITTLE are you eating when you are "on track"? When I get stupid and decide to skip meals, I lose "weight" so fast -- I can step on the scale multiple times during the day and happily see the scale go down each time...but as soon as I eat, it'll rebound 5 pounds in a matter of hours -- and then more the next day. This is of course why I should never get stupid and skip meals, but we're not talking about me here :)
So to sum up -- if you are eating too few calories on your "on track" days, I can see how the "rebound" weight combined with water weight could MAYBE go up 10 or more pounds...even if this is the case though, I'm still not sure about 20 pounds...
What do you think?
There may not be anything wrong with your scale. I have gained over 20 pounds this week. I have two scales and both are showing the same results. One is a regular scale and one is digital. I've been drinking a ton of water today and I'm down 7 pounds since this morning now. Still need to lose 12 more to get back to where I was last Sunday. I drink a TON of diet soda and I know I shouldn't. I stopped for the past two days and switched back to water.
I can gain 4 lbs over a weekend. Actually May long weekend I gained 8 lbs between Sunday morning and Tuesday morning! People attribute it to the fact I was drinking so I was dehydrated and my body retained all the water I took in the next couple days but every other weekend I gain 4 lbs (my goal this weekend is to not gain anything). My 4 lb weekend gains could be water (weekends used to be my rest days) plus I have been told I was over training and that could attribute to weight gain (so they say anyway)
I went to see my Dr. about it today..can't get in until Friday. I'm not feeling shortness of breath or anything. I guess if it worsens in any way, I will go to urgent care before my appointment. Tough not to stress about it. 20 pounds in one week is nuts.