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Old 03-22-2014, 01:54 PM   #1
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Weight gain but not cheating?

Hello all. I just had a question because I'm a little confused/concerned.

I have been doing well with my weight loss so far, apart from a two week stretch where I lost no weight (but also didn't gain) I have consistently lost weight every week.

Until now.

This last week I have gained 2.2 pounds and am unsure what to make of it.

I haven't cheated but I will admit my sleep patterns have been off so i have been awake most of the night then either sleeping for 6 hr stretches during the day or having two 4hr "naps".. What this means is that I am not having 3 meals a day, I tend to wake, have a coffee with HWC, then maybe an hr later some leftovers from the night before. 4-5 hrs after that I will have dinner (smallish portion usually).

Some days I only have the coffee and the "dinner". I have to admit to having a handful or two of nuts here and there or some cheese as I head through the kitchen.

Thoughts.

1. Perhaps i am not drinking enough water? I know I am drinking less than usual.

2. Am I not eating enough, would this have caused a gain?

3. Am I perhaps snacking on too many nuts??? Perhaps it's the cheese?


Some suggestions and advice would be great as i don't really want to continue gaining weight. I am trying to fix my sleep issues but without sleeping pills it's been a little hit and miss.
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Old 03-22-2014, 02:15 PM   #2
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I would suspect the cheese. I found that for myself cheese brought my weight loss to nearly a complete stop. I resisted that notion for the longest time as I could not get behind the notion of going dairy free. I finally did enough research that I decided to give it a try. In 3 days of being dairy free I not only feel significantly better but I have lost nearly 3 pounds......it has been worth it to give up the dairy!!!
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It happens, especially with hormones and sleep disturbances. Unless you can positively indicate a pattern in your intake that might be suspect, just be be patient, stay on plan, and see what happens in the next two or three weeks.

I wouldn't suspect nuts or cheese unless you suddenly ramped up your intake, if you've tolerated them previously.
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It could be several things. You said your current sleeping habits aren't letting you get your 3 meals a day that you're used to, maybe you are not getting in enough calories during the day and this has caused the body to resist the weight losing/go into starvation mode. It could be the nuts and cheese. Personally, cheese is a stall agent for me. If I eat it I automatically retain water/gain weight.

But everyone is different. Your best bet is to just focus on one thing (if you are concerned about the nuts take out the nuts) for maybe 2 days, weigh yourself and see if it is "the culprit." As frustrating as this is for you, and I'm sure it is, you will be grateful for this later on b/c you will know exactly what foods and in what quantity (daily, only every so often, etc.) you can have them in order to keep up this WOE.
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My guess is that it's your sleep. When I don't sleep regularly, I don't lose.
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I suspected it was my sleep, and perhaps lack of food. Though I shall also try to drop nuts and then cheese to see what eventuates.

Thanks for the feedback, it's greatly appreciated
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I had this happen as well but found that my measurements were decreasing around my midsection. Sometimes the scale doesn't move as our body adjusts to weight loss. That has just been my experience however.
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I had this happen as well but found that my measurements were decreasing around my midsection. Sometimes the scale doesn't move as our body adjusts to weight loss. That has just been my experience however.
It wasn't so much the no loss, it's gaining 3 pounds or so back that has me freaking out.

For some reason I think it's the new SF torani I ordered. The supplier seems a little dodgy and ever since I've used it I've been gaining.

Any ideas on how to tell if something really is sugar free? Im wondering if they didnt put sugary stuff in my SF bottle!
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buy some non SF and test it. there is a definite difference.
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It happens and may be no cause for concern. I wouldn't start eliminating things just yet, but I can understand the need. If you can stand it, keep doing what you're doing for a few more weeks. It could be your body is catching up a bit and you don't need to give up your cheese or nuts. I don't like to eliminate unless absolutely necessary.
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I see this kind of bounce up all the time; it is always temporary.
I agree with PP, just stay the course for now.
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I would cut out the alleged SF syrup and see what happens.
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Patience: Thanks for the reply and re-assurance but I'll be honest, seeing the weight creep up now to 3.5 pounds is scaring the heck out of me.

mimivac: I sincerely hope so. 3.5 pounds gained seems to be SO much. I'm actually starting to get paranoid and lot letting DH make me coffee or anything in case he's slipping sugar in there!

Snowmop: Agreed, have dropped the dubious SF syrup and am going back to strict induction for a week to see what happens.
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I also had a gain this week for no apparent reason, so you have my sympathies. Going to give it another week or so and hope this is just water I'm retaining that will whoosh off soon!

We'll get this figured out - just have to stay the course!!!
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I also had a major gain this week and it is only week two. I feel your pain. I am watching all of your responses for guidance as well. I am determined to stick this through. Best of luck...
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Has any mentioned your fat intake? I know everyone is different but when my fat intake is higher I lose better. Just a thought.
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Has any mentioned your fat intake? I know everyone is different but when my fat intake is higher I lose better. Just a thought.
I completely agree!!! I have found that is really key for me! I usually try to keep my daily fat % between 70 - 80% and it makes all the difference in the world with my weight loss.
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Old 03-28-2014, 12:37 PM   #18
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I'm following this thread closely too. I've been discouraged today...I'm back up about 3 lbs from my lowest (a week ago-I only weigh once a week)-started exactly one month ago. Total loss was about ten so now it's 7. I know I'm in it for the long haul but man, it's so hard not to get down. I'm definitely keeping my calories down-that hasn't been too much of an issue. I've cut out all grains and gluten. I'm also staying very low carb-less than 20 g/day. I eat a lot of the same thing so I can easily keep track. Bacon, ground beef, chicken, some almonds or macadamia nuts. Occasionally I have dairy-full fat cottage cheese, cheese on my burger, a little bit of feta in my salad, a couple ounces of Gruyere. The only veg I eat are asparagus, brussels sprouts, lettuce, cucumbers and the occasional potato (with butter and sour cream). I drink two cups of coffee of day with half and half and coconut oil.

My next step is to cut out all the dairy, except perhaps butter, and see what happens. I really don't want to get discouraged but I also really hate not getting results.
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A little word of encouragement - as I mentioned upthread, I had a bad weigh in this week for no reason that I could figure out. I had not gone off plan at all, but I was up 1.4 pounds.

I promised myself I would just wait until next week's weigh in, but I couldn't resist checking to see how it was going this morning. I had lost the 1.4 PLUS an additional 1.6 pounds! So whatever weird thing happened on Tuesday was just a blip.

Keep going, everyone!!! We are reaching our goals!!!
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earthcrosser, can you give up the potato, switch cream for half and half?
Those seem like easy tweaks.
Do you limit the nuts to very small quantities?

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earthcrosser, can you give up the potato, switch cream for half and half?
Those seem like easy tweaks.
Do you limit the nuts to very small quantities?
Hi Patience. The potato is something I could definitely give up. I don't have it even once a week. I already use half and half. I try to keep the nut portions vsry low, like an ounce at a time. Thanks for the advice! My plan is to limit variety to see how the next week goes...
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I was thinking you might use cream instead of half and half. Fewer carbs.
I made that change . . . once I started using a frother I don't miss those milk carbs at all.
I can't eat nuts because of lack of restraint, good for you that you can.
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I was thinking you might use cream instead of half and half. Fewer carbs.
I made that change . . . once I started using a frother I don't miss those milk carbs at all.
I can't eat nuts because of lack of restraint, good for you that you can.
Ooo sorry I read that wrong Patience! Thanks for the advice. I admit I look at the calories instead of the carbs. Old habit.

The only thing I have a lot of trouble stopping with is cheese. Once I eat one piece I'm a goner.
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earthcrosser - put the rest of the cheese back in the fridge before you eat it.

Actually, I'm serious, I have found that putting something AWAY makes it easier to consider it DONE.
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