Hello everyone I'm a quite strict follower of the Paleo Diet, but I've been on vacation for a week and a half now. And I'm planning to stay for a couple more days. I don't know why exactly, but I decided to go off Paleo during the time of the vacation. I've gained 2-3kg so far, but I presume the cause is water retention. The question is... will these 2 non-paleo weeks affect my body weight? Is there a chance that those 2-3 (maybe 4)kg "water retention" are actually gained fat? Because I'm starting to worry as I have never been off the diet for such a long time... Have you?
asked byLi_Wei (43)
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on November 21, 2012
at 09:56 PM
I can eat a single meal with gluten and gain 5 pounds. Of course that is water weight but my pants size will increase and I get puffy. Thats a single meal so I imagine that a lot of damage can be done in two weeks. I would get back on track when you can and I am sure that your body will go back to normal after a few weeks.
on November 22, 2012
at 12:44 AM
Absolutely. I've done some crazy self-experimentation and sadly, 2 weeks could ruin you.
I put on 18 lbs, most of it fat, in a span of 3 days. I consumed approximately 72,000 to 75,000 calories of processed sugar and fast food over the span of 3.5 days. In between all of that, a lot of sitting, weed-smoking and very little sleep.
Amazingly, I wanted to see how quickly I could regain body comp and more importantly, cardiovascular capacity. It was amazingly how quickly the former returned, but the latter definitely took a long time to build back up.
I'm not recommending this and obviously it was an extreme experiment, but it's definitely not overblown. The body is very adaptable, but at the same time, it only has a certain capacity.
on November 21, 2012
at 05:36 PM
If you've gained that much weight in such a short period of time, the obvious answer is that it's clearly not all actual body fat. On the other hand, almost certainly some of it is. You'll have to rely on means other than the scale to determine the actual extent of the damage. Mirror test, tape measure, etc.