Saturday, June 2, 2012

Rapid, Overnight Weight Gain

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.

16 comments:

timothy said...

thats why i only weigh once a week and i ALWAYS eat light before bed and weigh immediately after i wake up and pee. i'd drive myself bonkers if i weighed all the time......but you know why and you know how to deal with it. xoxoxoxo

Anonymous said...

That has happened to me too. Drink as much water as you can today and flush those calories out. You will be back to normal in no time. - Amanda

Karen said...

Yep! Wheat does that to me too.

Now that I've been off wheat/grain/gluten/ sugar for the last 4 months there is no special occasion that is worth how crappy I feel when I eat that stuff.

The more you tap into your body's signals and want to feel good 24/7, I hope you'll ditch the wheat. Wheat is not a treat. Feeling bad just stinks.

Good luck. I know you know wheat triggers you, but the decision to stop choosing it lies squarely on your shoulders. Safe travels and healthy choices to you. Karen P

Anonymous said...

It always shocks me how much inflammation can be stoked even with one small meal. Makes you wonder how our bodies survived years of daily abuse before we educated ourselves. Very inspired by your determination!

Lyn said...

Karen~

yep, I am quickly getting to that point myself, with fewer and fewer things being "worth" it. I think eventually I might even learn to cook gluten free birthday cakes!

Karen said...

There are a slew of Paleo/Primal websites, blogs and Pintererest boards with good ideas.

Diana said...

I now that overnight, sudden weight gain. I've done it many times myself. Just so discouraging, but it's temporary. We're going to beat this thing Lyn. The key is we never give it. NEVER.

Have a great and healthy weekend!

NAN said...

So why weigh yourself the next day? I don't let the scale make or break me...also the reverse can happen- I have eaten very little the day before a doctor's appointment (I know- shame on me) and the scale is down at least 3 pounds too. Did I lose it? NO!

Anonymous said...

I been blending a few ounces of mascarpone with sour cream, vanilla, splenda, and dark cocoa. I will say Ive never tasted such an amazing dessert, not even in the best eating joints. Some of the low carb desserts are even better than other insulin spiking options. DECADENT!

Anonymous said...

Do you every think that maybe the Medifast has screwed with your metabolism? When you posted your Medifast calorie counts, your days were under 1000 calories. If your body gets used to that, of course it will freak out with a day at 1800 calories. The goal shouldn't be perfection but consistency.

Lyn said...

The mascarpone dessert sounds really good. I have never tried mascarpone but now I may have to!

Re: metabolism~

no, I don't. I had the same overnight, rapid gains occasionally before I tried Medifast. It is just the way the body stores carbohydrates... with lots of water... and also the way sodium causes water retention.

Vickie said...

I personally have double whammy with corn and flour, insulin resistant and bloat, it is amazing how much my tummy will swell with just a tiny bit of something, amazing. I think people don't realize how many carbs are (cumulatively) in green veggies and fruit, add processed and it distorts percentages all out of whack.

Anonymous said...

Do you believe you will gain fat on 1800 calories (not one day of course, but as a maintenance diet)?

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

I believe if I was sedentary, I might gain slowly on 1800 calories. I think at my current activity level I would maintain on it. I am talking long term, though, (monthly or longer) because these rapid gains are only water retention from going from low carb to high carb and inflammation response from sugar/wheat.

i should be full said...

I love your post today. You are so right that it is not the number on the scale that matters as much as it matters what our response to it is. I can lose a pound and freak out and have it lead to despair. Or I can gain 10 pounds and be motivated to make healthy changes.

Thanks for sharing your journey, it continues to remind me of my own and keep me focused and inspired.

Ginger said...

I admire your resolve to stay away from sugar as a general rule. I have yet to even attempt to stay away from it all together... limit it yes... but stay away? No. I like sugar too much. I do try to watch the carbs but sugar is just as bad if not worse.