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Is it possible to GAIN 3 lbs in ONE DAY??? ARRRGGGHH

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Sorry for the caps, but I am irritated.  I have been doing SO well with my diet - lost four pounds in a week and a half, and I was THRILLED.  So I decided to throw my diet out the window for one day, and have fun at a cookout.  I woke up this morning, weighed myself, and weight an entire 3 lbs heavier!!!! 

I ate a LOT of sodium, and more calories than I should, but no WAY did I eat the extra 10,500  calories it would take to gain 3 lbs. AAAHHH!  I thought that, if it was sodium bloat, it would go away later in the day, but it hasn't!!!

I am SO frustrated right now.  Can someone reassure me that I have not gained 3 pounds???

All my hard work, out the window... :-(

Edited Feb 07 2016 22:50 by coach_k
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Sigh, I've done this a million times....same five pounds over and over again.  Give it 2-3 days. It'll go back down. Drink some water, breathe....everything's fine.
It's probably water weight. I know if I eat heavy on my cheat days I will defiantly show a 3 pound weight gain, just from all the extra salt. I usually drop it in a day or so.. Drink lots of water and eat clean and don;t even bother to weigh yourself after a free day. It's always a freak out for people.. I tend to weigh myself anyway, just for a mental picture of what eating crap will do if I continue..

Congrats on losing weight and stay focused on your goals.

YOU can DO this!@
Thanks, guys.  I appreciate you writing back.  I shouldn't have weighed myself, and knew before I stepped on the scale that I wasn't going to be pleased.

You said:

"I tend to weigh myself anyway, just for a mental picture of what eating crap will do if I continue.. "

Good point...  Maybe its a good wake up call for me.  Don't get back onto bad behavior, blondiepants. 

Thanks, you have made me calm down a bit.

The problem with our bodies is, that your weight can fluctuate greatly. One day you're at 190 lbs the other day you go up to 196, next day it's 194, and so on, it's zigzagging, it's normal as far as I know and nothing to be scared about.

That's the reason the weightlog of this page gives you the tendency courve of your weight loss, and if it's still going down then you're on the right way, just watch it over a month. One day won't make you gain 3lbs or more, however you won't lose 3 lbs or more on one day ;)
You've already got some great responses, so I'll just add one more small point.

It's probably mostly water weight, but note that it can take days to lose water weight.  If I have a few pounds of water weight (from fatigued muscles, too much sodium, not enough water, etc), it can take 2-3 days to go away.  Just drink oodles of water!
Got it, tinamkz.  Thanks, I have been sucking water down like crazy.

Thanks for all the help!
One of the reasons WW has you weigh in weekly is because your weight can vary, not just from day to day but hour to hour. Always try to weigh in at the same time every day and don't sweat it if you suddenly show an increase after eating something high in sodium.
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Tinamkz, you mean to say that if you have fatigued muscles (from excercising?) you will gain water weight? If so, it explains why I am always up 2-3 lbs after I work out (I do Taboe).
PLEASE dont freak out...I went into the hospital for a week...I was raly dehredrated (sp..I think tere is a Y in there,LOL) once and gained 30 lbs!!!!! YES 30 lbs.... I FREAKED OUT...I was walking around the hospital floor yelling at nurse's that this cant be right,,,and they needed to call my doctor..It was BAD... It was from all the IV fluid...Dont worry, just give it a few days!!!
30 lbs???!???!?!  Are you serious?  Jeez, now I don't feel so bad about the 3.  Yikes!
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This really help me today, I'm doing weight watchers, and I've been successfully losing every week.  My weigh day is Wednesdays every week.  I treated myself this Saturday with a double cheeseburger and fries from wendys.  Got on the scale early this morning, and I'm up 4 pounds :((  Highly devistated.  But reading all the comments about water weight has assured me that that is all it is.  I work out too hard to gain any way from one double burger.
When muscles are fatigued they absorb more water to aid in the healing process.  So its normal too if you have exhausted your muscles to weight a bit more for a day or so. 
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Original Post by blondiepants:

Got it, tinamkz.  Thanks, I have been sucking water down like crazy.

Thanks for all the help!

Don't go overboard with the water.

There is such a thing as Water Intoxication and it can actually be deadly.

It takes a LOT however.

Wikipedia says: "Water intoxication can be prevented if a person's intake of water does not grossly exceed their losses.[12] Healthy kidneys are able to excrete approximately 0.8 to 1 litre of fluid water (0.21 - 0.26 gallons) per hour.[12] However, stress (from prolonged physical exertion), as well as disease states, can greatly reduce this amount.[12]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxicat ion

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