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Friday, June 08, 2012

My eyes nearly fell out of my head this morning when I got on the scale. Not in a good way.

On Wednesday, which is my weekly weigh-in day, I saw that I've maintained my recent 10 lb loss. Today - a mere two days later - the scale shows I'm up 6 lbs!!!!! How can that be? I'm blown away.

Has my return to sugar and caffeine cost me 6 lbs? And in two days? I've continued daily exercise and calorie counting, and can't figure out where these lbs came from.
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    Sugar (as well as salt) causes the body to hold water. Get rid of those and you will rapidly (lose) those pounds again.
    2914 days ago
  • JLITT62
    This is why I don't have a scale - just weighing once a week can drive you nuts!

    If you're going to weigh daily, you have to accept the fluctuations.
    2914 days ago
  • KO1215
    I'm voting for water weight. Try again tomorrow!
    2914 days ago
    hope you figure it out....if you do....let us know what you figured out is the cause.
    2915 days ago
    Probably salt. There is no way it is real weight.
    2915 days ago
    I have weighed myself almost daily for 5 years and have regularly found fluctuations as high as 5 pounds in one day, the cause of which I have not been able diagnose.

    Could be water weight, could be a lot of things, but I also find that within a day or two or five, the scale goes back down. I'm always amazed at people who are in maintenance mode and report the scale not moving more than a pound or two - that's not me.

    It's actually a good reason for weighing more often than once a week. If I have these kinds of fluctuation, how would I know if I wasn't on an extreme high or extreme low on weigh-in day. Then the next week if I was on the opposite extreme I would think I was doing something weird.

    Always a good idea to try and figure it out, but you may not - if you are generally getting healthier and weights moving in the right direction - stay the course.

    Stay Strong
    2915 days ago
    Too much salt and sugar

    These are common causes of water retention. Salt affects your kidneys and blood pressure. The sodium in salt makes your kidneys hold on to water instead of excreting it.

    Eating too much sugar raises levels of the hormone insulin. High insulin levels make it hard for you to excrete sodium. As sodium accumulates it causes water retention so people who indulge a sweet tooth can be prone to water retention.
    2915 days ago
    I doubt it's due to the sugar or caffeine. Here's a few things to consider:

    1. It could be due to hormone issues. I retain water during a certain time of the month and puff up like a balloon.

    2. If you have a digital scale, the battery could be going bad. My scale goes willey nilley when the battery is dying.

    3. If you've had a lot of salt lately, that could cause water retention.

    My advice-- keep tracking calories and exercising. If it's water weight; it will go away quickly.
    2915 days ago
    It might be a salt issue. A high level of salt will cause you to retain water. Either that or aunt flow is about to visit. Keep pushing through, it will pass.
    2915 days ago
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