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Weight Gain while Fasting

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 18, 2010 at 3:29 PM

The past couple days I have either caloricly restricted, and or fasted and I have gained a few pounds. I have also noticed that on my overfeed days, if I eat strictly fat (butter, coconut, fatty meats) I tend to lose weight as opposed to if I overfeed on lean meats and veggies and such.

Does this stand out to anyone as odd, or does anyone have any info as to why this might be happening?

Thanks in advance

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on August 19, 2010
at 11:13 AM

Nope, I did alternate day fasting during my heavy loss. 18 hour fasts a couple a week. But I ate two meals, one big one and then another small one to satiety an hour or 2 later

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on August 18, 2010
at 03:53 PM

Very similar... almost like plateaus. So would you recommend against IF in this respect?

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at 03:41 PM

Generally the only carbs I eat are veggies. Maybe a piece of fruit once a week. I try to stay under 50 carbs a day

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on August 18, 2010
at 08:15 PM

With my once daily eating schedule, I find that my weight varies within a several pound band over relatively short periods of time. This is almost certainly a temporary fluctuation, related to water retention, intestinal content, etc. A couple days is insufficient to see a gain of a few pounds of actual fat or muscle tissue.

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on August 18, 2010
at 04:03 PM

At the risk of giving too much information....this sometimes happens to me too, and I'm convinced it's because of less shall we say "toilet activity" during fasting. Then, when eating normally again, normal service resumes downstairs and the day after returning to normal, the weight correction comes through on the scales.

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on August 18, 2010
at 03:48 PM

Retention. Followed by release after any heavy refeed. Went thru several struggling points like that. The trick is to get adequate food rather than too little...

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on August 18, 2010
at 03:53 PM

Very similar... almost like plateaus. So would you recommend against IF in this respect?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on August 19, 2010
at 11:13 AM

Nope, I did alternate day fasting during my heavy loss. 18 hour fasts a couple a week. But I ate two meals, one big one and then another small one to satiety an hour or 2 later

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on August 18, 2010
at 03:37 PM

Hunger has a tendency to cause carb craving. A classic piece of advice from the Atkins/lowcarbers is do not allow yourself to get too hungry as your craving for carbs will be harder to fight. Atkins/lowcarbers are not big fans of fasting! Might be if you allow carbs under influence of carb craving, you will eat more food than if you eat fat. Fat tends to satiate and control carb craving. I am not surprised that results seem to vary across individuals. Also, after fasting, your insulin response is probably heightened so this could spin you quickly into fat storage mode if you eat carbs.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on August 18, 2010
at 03:41 PM

Generally the only carbs I eat are veggies. Maybe a piece of fruit once a week. I try to stay under 50 carbs a day

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