I gained 1.5 pounds!!! How????

@icyorchid (2564)
United States
April 11, 2008 1:47pm CST
I have been very good on my diet this week. I have had fruit for breakfast, salad for lunch and a sensible dinner. Snack is either fruit or yogurt. I have not had bread in a week!!! No chips, cookies, brownies, etc. WHY did I gain???!!!! I am so not happy right now. My sister told me to go by 1400 calories a day, well, I have not eaten that much, I don't even think I eat 1000 calories a day! I went to hubby's work to weigh myself on their package scale. He is at 192 and I am at 154.5. I really need to drop 30 pounds, can anyone please tell me what I am doing wrong? I walk for 15 minutes every other day. I have a back problem, so I give my back a break in between walking. Thanks ~Icy~
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@Fishmomma (11371)
• United States
11 Apr 08
On The Biggest Loser the trainers have told us you must eat enough calories. I don't skip bread, but do eat healthier bread now. My daughter gained weight this week because she isn't eating enough calories. I lost 2 pounds, but am eating 1400 calories and working out every day. My suggestion is to some kind of exercise every day. It doesn't have to be walking, as I have a bad back also. I do sit ups, leg lifts, jumping jacks, stretching, push ups and lift small weights.
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@icyorchid (2564)
• United States
11 Apr 08
Thank you I appreciate it, but it is hard to do 1400 calaries. lol I just looked at calories for my dinner, it will be 200. That is for chicken and dumplings premade meal. I had sunny side eggs with ham and 1 slice of bread for breakfast. I skipped lunch I wasn't hungry, but am getting hungry now, so I will get some fruit or yogurt. Drinks range from 40 - 100 calories.
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@whiteheron (4223)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Try upping your calories a little and then decreasing them again as your body may be thinking you are going into a starvation mode and may be holding on to weight. It could also be that you are retaining water due to having sodium in your food... Try adding one banana. Try adding a little peanut butter and perhaps a little grapefruit and a little strawberries as these have been said to help with weight reduction. Also try swimming or doing another exercise that will not harm the back as it could be that you need a little switch in your activity level. Also, you should remember that women may gain a little before their monthly... so be patient with yourself and hold steady if that is the case... It will leave after that leaves.
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@icyorchid (2564)
• United States
15 Apr 08
I did up the calories. I wasn't getting a 1000 calories, that was the problem. Now I get between 1000 and 1300 calories
@littleowl (7157)
12 Apr 08
hi icy-being honest with you diets just dont work-in a sense they do but you only end up putting on what you have lost again-through bitter experience i have found this from diets to slimming tabs,but it is better to eat one good meal a day then have a few snacks-listen to what your body is telling you dont punish it-all it is is training your mind to eat more healthily but not to cut out things you still like-like a chocolate bar-chocolate is actually good for you not meaning to eat it every day but your body needs sugar to give you energy-also you should be eating about 1500 to 2000 calories a day your body islike a car and needs the fuel to keep it going the calories you eat during the day will burn up more quickly than if you eat less-thats when you put on weight-also i too have a really bad back but there are simple exercises you can do that not only alleviate your back but also get your body back into shape-i have a 'twister' it only cost about £10 herebut it is the best thing i've bought for exercising as when you are tisting on it you have to stay in one place and it works all your muscles for your tum,bum,thighs etc etc-walking is goodfor you too so you are ok with that one but dont overdo it if it is causing you pain-hope this is of some help-blessings littleowl
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@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
12 Apr 08
I disagree. Your body does not NEED sugar for energy. Carbohydrates do have their place, but you're looking for complex carbohydrates like those found in whole grains rather than simple carbohydrates found in sugar. Carbohydrates break down into sugar in the blood stream very quickly and provide a quick rush of energy, yes. But just as quickly your pancreas has to release insulin to bring your blood sugar back down. That rapid spike and crash actually cause you to feel lethargic immediately following that rush of energy, and over time if you do it too often, you could wear out your pancreas because it will stop producing insulin, and then you'll be diabetic.
• United States
11 Apr 08
Don't worry about it weight goes up and down like a rollercoaster. You just need to keep doing what you were doing and you'll lose weight. Weight is crazy. I weighted myself once and it said that I was at 136 and then I decided to run on the treadmill. Then I weighted myself again and it said that I weighted 137 and I was like how the hell did that happen? But then after I took a bath I weighted myself again and it said 136. So yeah I though I was going crazy or something. Weight always does that.
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@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
11 Apr 08
Seems like you are not eating enough right now. Add a few more calories and some green tea. The initial weight loss was probably all water weight.
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@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
11 Apr 08
do you retain any fluids generally? perhaps you should have a look at your salt intake? see if there are any stretching exercises that you can do for your back, maybe that will help and maybe you should drink more water? have you talked to your dr about this? he/she would be able to guide you further... best of luck!!
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• Canada
11 Apr 08
You need to be eating at least 1200 calories per day, that is what you are doing wrong. If you eat less than 1200 calories, your metabolism (what burns calories in your body) slows down to try to save its self, because your body is starving. So therefore, you do not lose as much weight. To maintain a higher metabolism you need to eat enough food to get enough nutrients so your body can run properly. Also, any weight gain could be water weight. That can happen when you are on a diet, or if you ate something salty within the past few days. Also, bread is important in a diet. Just don't eat anything too starchy. Go for whole wheat bread. You don't need alot of it, but it is important to have in your diet. If you would like some help on losing weight, here is an article that will show you little things that you can do to lose weight: http://www.healthmad.com/Weight-Loss/Easier-Weight-Loss.45789
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@Elixiress (3887)
11 Apr 08
Maybe it is water weight or something? Weight can fluctuate a few pounds so easily. Don't worry, rather than weighing yourself frequently do it once a month or so and you should get a better guide of your actual weight loss.
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• United States
12 Apr 08
maybe when you eat you should walk around laying down and relaxing after eating gains fat
@icyorchid (2564)
• United States
12 Apr 08
I don't lay around after I eat. I walk.
@wayhuck (55)
• Malaysia
12 Apr 08
Well, there's a few explanation for your case. Do you eat the salad with mayonese? What you usually eat for lunch or dinner? or breakfast? If you answer this I may know what's going on with you. Another explanation is that you want to drop 30 pounds. You said you "really need" that means you're giving pressure to yourself to drop it. Or you want to drop the pounds too much and start worrying or something. Research shows that people who are depressed, stressed, under pressure will become fat as well. You have a back problem, and you give your back a break between walk. But it means you're forcing yourself too much, having back problems should rest normally. If you force it, it will get things worst, and fat will not be an exception. You can also try to take medicine such as "Lecithin". It's not just for losing cholesterol, but you can use it for dropping weight as well. Try to eat like a normal person, maybe it will help. I don't know how much 154.5 pounds is. But use a mirror, if you're too thin don't continue with the diet. Get someone to judge, don't judge it yourself. Most people still think they're thin when in fact they're not. Last tips is that, don't try to control weight by forcing it, or you'll only end up gaining. Hope this work, good luck. And stay happy as well.
• Malaysia
12 Apr 08
You should solve your back problems first as well.
• United States
12 Apr 08
I've heard that the optimal calorie consumption for weight loss is less than 500 calories a day. However, you have to remember you need to couple this with a steady and regular exercise regiment; I would highly recommend something aerobic since what you want is to lose weight. If you had the money I would also recommend buying one of those low impact stair climbers since you mentioned you have back problems. However, if you would rather prefer walking to putting money down for one of those machines, you should increase the time you spend walking. Last year I began my weight loss journey by running for 15 minutes 5 nights a week as well as limiting my calorie consumption and paying attention to how many grams of fat I was consuming. I started in February and by the time it was June I had lost a little over 30 pounds. Yes, it does take time. There is no reasonably healthy way to lose weight fast. Like everything good, it takes time and dedication. So far I have kept that weight off and I'm looking to lose around 20 more pounds. I hope some of this might help or motivate you!
• United States
12 Apr 08
I should have also mentioned that I didn't just run at a steady 15 minutes from February to June. Instead I increased the time I ran each night by 5 minutes until I was running for at least 30 minutes by June.
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
28 Jun 08
Well, are you eating any carbs at all, like potatoes or rice or noodles or corn or carrots or peas. These are all carbs and very high in calories. Most people think they can eat as many vegetables as they want, but that is not so. Also are you drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, which is a big factor in losing wieght. A person needs different amounts of calories to lose weight, not everyone is the same. But in saying that, if you are 30 lbs. overweight at 155 lbs. then you must be very short. I think you need to be eating a lot less than 1400 calories a day. I know for me, since I am dieting right now, I am 5'7" and I am still 20 lbs. overweight although I have lost 25 lbs in the last 3 months, I only eat 800 calories a day. So everyone is different and it works differently for each person. The main thing to remember is you need to burn more calories than you are taking in. So if you are not active enough, you are eating more calories than you are burning and of course then you will not lose but gain weight. 15 minutes of walking is not enough to burn any significant calories. In 15 minutes you are probably only burning about 25 calories, if that. You need to get your heart rate up and you need to be sweating, for it to be beneficial. Cleaning your house vigorously would burn off lots of calories, as long as your heart rate is up. You will know if it is, because you will be breathing harder and sweating. Without doing enough exercises every day you will not lose weight.
@metschica25 (5405)
• United States
26 May 08
i think you need to eat more because your body maybe in starve mode . or if you gained that much over night you need to wait till the food is out of your system.
• Canada
15 Apr 08
First of all, check with your Doctor and ask how many calories you should be eating per day. I have read that women should get somewhere from 1500-1800 calories per day. Any less and you will actually slow your metabolism down and then once you're off the diet, you'll actually gain all the weight back. Good for you that you're exercising at all! I have knee and hip problems and need to lose weight, so excercise is hard for me too. Check out this website: www.tlc.com/thin I watched the series and the techniques make a lot of sense. I hope that helps!
14 Apr 08
You see it is not all about food that you eat.If you want to loose weight you have will have to do the following things: 1) Eat only when you feel quite hungry. 2) When you eat donot eat so much that you are full, eat only uptil the point that you can eat a little bit more food. 3) Do a good workout, it shouldnot be a tough workout. But give more time to it so that you burn more calories. 4) Sleep well because you burn more calories when you are sleeping. If you still have question you can ask me.
@diqijon (13)
• Indonesia
12 Apr 08
what i know acupunture therapy is safe to lost your weight, up to 2kg for once therapy.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
12 Apr 08
I'm sorry you gained one and a half pounds. It sounds like you are doing very well with your diet. I bet alot of it is water retention. I don't think you are doing anything wrong at all. 154.3 is not overweight to me. that is what I used to weigh, around 150. I would love to see that again some day. I have a very hard time losing weight for the last few years. I am trying so hard though. I am trying to watch what I eat. You may want to try to eat some grapefruit and drink alot of water, possilby try taking a water pill too.
@wickedangel (1636)
• Dominican Republic
12 Apr 08
Oh poor icy. There is nothing worse than diligently following a diet only to find you have gained rather than lost weight. And then you see other people who haven't really tried to lose any do just that! It could be that you have water retention. Sometimes when you start a diet your body goes into hibernation mode as I call it and hangs on to all your gorgeous fat, just in case you don't provide it with any food in the near future! It should all drop off next week, so keep it up if you can. I really feel for you not having any bread or carbs of any sort - that would kill me. Try and do a bit more walking if you can, that should also help to shift it as well as plenty of water! Keep us posted and let us know if it does fall off next week.
@Rosekitty (19394)
• San Marcos, Texas
12 Apr 08
Dear Icy..please don't give up..sometimes our body needs to build up muscles and with that it creates pounds gained and can get discouraging..so keep doing what you are and maybe walk 10 more mnutes each day..I bet you will see a difference soon.
• United States
12 Apr 08
Sometimes that happens when you are on a diet and trying to lose weight. I have problems with my adrenal glands and metabolism and I can gain as much as 5 pounds in one day pretty easily, but it's usually water weight. Eventually, it drops when my hormones change. I've also found that taking regular "breaks" or having "no diet days" helps with losing weight. Yes, I gain weight temporarily, but if I stay faithful to the diet, it comes off and then some. I find the best amount of days between breaks, for me, is about every 5 days to a week. But, I also do a ton of exercise, too. I hope you can resolve your problem with exercise because, in the long run, it can actually help your back. I think that one comment about swimming is a good idea. I also like to ride an recumbent bike in the gym.