Well this is not a new phenomenon, but it always gets me anyway.
I bet you've had it happen. You are going along great, losing or maintaining. You eat a little more than you planned on, but nothing crazy. And in the morning, you are up several pounds on the scale. It feels like a huge failure, and sometimes, it makes you want to just go eat whatever you want. Because the pounds come on so fast, but take so much longer to lose!
Yesterday, I ate 1800 calories. Almost all of that was healthy food: Greek yogurt, strawberries, chicken breast in cabbage salad, a few almonds, protein shakes, a cup of black coffee. Nothing awful, and my total of those foods was about 1200 calories. At dinnertime, we were having a little party for my graduate who requested his favorite pizza and a homemade cake. I was thinking about making a cauliflower pizza for myself, but when we didn't get home until 6:30 I decided to have 'real' pizza and a salad. I chose thin crust veggie pizza and then I had a small, four-bite sliver of cake for dessert.
And the scale this morning said I had gained 3 pounds overnight.
Well, obviously it is impossible to gain 3 pounds of fat by eating 1800 calories. It's water bloat from the sugar, salt, and wheat. That is the 'price' for choosing to eat those things.
Make no mistake... it is 'real' weight. No, it's not fat or muscle or bone, but it is *pounds of weight* that my body has to carry around today. My knees have to bear that weight. My clothes have to tighten around that weight. And that weight has the potential to grow and grow into actual fat weight, too; stringing together many days or weeks of indulgence will do that, obviously. Or, it can go away in a day or two. Which is what is going to happen, since I am staying away from sugar and wheat as a general rule. I do, however, plan to allow for special occasions and celebrations like yesterday... fitting them into my calories and limiting them to once or twice a month.
The only thing that *really* matters when you see an overnight gain is your response to it.
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