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Big weight gain! Is it water weight or fat?

Commented on January 24, 2014
Created January 23, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Last Thursday I was 108 lbs. Over the past 7-10 days I've been increasing how much fat I consume. I was high protein, moderate carb, and low fat. With those ratios, I was maintaining my weight, but I realized I was not adhering to a proper Paleo diet. I pretty much went VLC, reduced my protein slightly, and way upped my fat intake. I've been feeling good, had more energy, thought everything was going well. I also increased my salt intake, as I was having major electrolyte issues and feeling dehydrated constantly.

This morning I weight myself (7 days later) and I was 112.8. That's like gaining 5 lbs in a week! I can't handle this kind of weight gain. I'm coming off of an eating disorder and know I need to gain some, but I can't mentally handle gaining this much this fast. Do you think this could be water weight? I've only been eating about 1500-2000 kcals daily and burning 500 daily from cardio and doing heavy lifting. The science just doesn't make sense for that much weight gain. I am feeling tempted to abandon this whole thing if it's going to cause those results.

79dad7e640ac2c52761edb7f620feb80

on January 24, 2014
at 01:37 PM

Thank you for your kind words : )

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on January 24, 2014
at 12:34 AM

Remember that if you had an eating disorder, then your body has likely been damaged and needs to repair itself. To perform cellular repair, your body needs water. Some people with eating disorders gain up to 15 pounds of water (average is more like 5-10) just because of this. Don't freak out and stop weighing yourself. You need to re-learn how to listen to your body again.

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on January 23, 2014
at 11:36 PM

To debloat I like to use dandelion tea (no more than three bags a day) and I also start everyday with hot lemon water. A few days of this protocol helps you lose the water weight (assuming you aren't pounding the salt) so you'll soon know if it is water, muscle or fat.

For maintaining weight I weigh in everyday, otherwise it is way too easy to get off track BUT if you are recovering from an eating disorder, that might be a recipe for disaster for you.

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on January 23, 2014
at 10:53 PM

You increased your salt intake? Well, there's your answer: water retention. It happens to me all the time, eat a little too much salt one day, wake up the next day looking puffy and weighing 5lbs more for no apparent reason. Don't freak out, that's water. If it was fat you would need to be eating buckets worth of it (if you are low carb moderate protein) to gain that much actual fat mass. Take it from me, I eat a watery, salty veggie soup and gain 3 pounds, but if I chug 100ml (about 100g) of olive oil, I won't gain a single ounce. It's the sodium.

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on January 23, 2014
at 04:32 PM

maybe if I reply here, it will show up---is that troll jamming the board? I keep trying to answer. Anyway...

You recently posted about excessive thirst. I think your body is trying to balance its sodium/potassium, and your kidneys may have a hard time at first, esp. if you are being extreme in any way. Do go slowly and be very kind to yourself. Treat yourself as if you are the person you could not live without. :-)

This will work out, and you will be healthier and live longer. Focus on the many positives you are doing, and forgive yourself for any lapses. I know it's easier to look at the "bad" stuff we do and to look in the mirror and see only the stuff we don't like. You are beautiful!

79dad7e640ac2c52761edb7f620feb80

on January 24, 2014
at 01:37 PM

Thank you for your kind words : )

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79dad7e640ac2c52761edb7f620feb80

on January 23, 2014
at 03:53 PM

I think my legs look more muscular, but I thought it took a long time to build even 1 lb of muscle. I think my belly looks like it's poking out more, not sure if it's adipose building or bloating. I felt good until this morning, but now I'm so mentally distraught.

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on January 23, 2014
at 03:43 PM

if you can, avoid the scale for now. It lies. Go by how you feel and how your clothes fit.

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on January 23, 2014
at 03:07 PM

I would argue that it sounds about right if you're doing daily cardio and heavy lifting. That kind of workout regimen would cause you to eat more, as well as gain muslce mass. Are you actually seeing those 5 pounds? Do your clothes feel tighter, etc?

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