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Weekend Weight Gain

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Created November 01, 2011 at 6:07 PM

I keep gaining weight on weekends, just a few pounds, but it's not helping that i'm trying to loose the last 10, then it takes me most of the week to loose the added few again. I still eat very good on weekends, but my schedule is always a bit different, and I probably eat more than a typical week day. Any suggestions?

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on November 02, 2011
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I usually drink on the weekends and that will add about 2-3 pounds over the weekend. It usually balances out over the course of the week when I'm eating clean and not drinking. Give up the drinking for a bit if you're trying to lose weight fast. I'd still go out for drinks because I don't want my diet to interfere with my social life. If anything, go for either straight shots or whisky/scotch on the rocks. Avoid the cocktails, fruit/soda chasers, and beers.

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on November 01, 2011
at 07:39 PM

Its really not that hard to gain several pounds in a couple days (read James' post below re: spaghetti, and I can say the same for some decent Mexican food). Thankfully, its a temporary gain and the weight can be shed quickly by getting your diet back on track and resuming normal activity. My body comp feels a bit "off" for a few days, but that feeling goes away soon enough. Sometimes its a fair trade for a weekend of good memories. Sometimes.

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on November 01, 2011
at 06:19 PM

I agree. It takes 3500 calories or so to gain a pound. Even if you don't buy the calorie in/calorie out theory, it would be hard to believe that anyone could gain several pounds in just two days.

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on November 01, 2011
at 06:47 PM

You're going to have to track what you're eating for a few weekends where this happens. Like the others, I'm on the water weight side, since you don't gain/lose that many pounds fatwise that fast. You're probably going to find a lot of excessive carbs in there causing it. For me it was a plate of spaghetti. :( nomnomnom followed by "wtf 7 pounds???"

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on November 01, 2011
at 06:16 PM

If you are still eating "very good" on weekends, then you probably aren't gaining pounds of fat, you're probably just putting on water weight. Are you eating more carbs on the weekend? Any excess is stored as glycogen which requires water. Or are you eating more salt? That can add up to water weight too.

You may want consider some intermittent fasting (presuming you're fat adapted and don't need to eat every few hours). I've used this successfully when traveling, so it might work for you on the weekends. Basically skip breakfast, eat a "clean" lunch (even if you need to bring it with you), and then relax at dinner.

21b36b3de8ff31b0d41e7f0f4b5c1e03

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on November 01, 2011
at 06:19 PM

I agree. It takes 3500 calories or so to gain a pound. Even if you don't buy the calorie in/calorie out theory, it would be hard to believe that anyone could gain several pounds in just two days.

4164a77c7ccf4839ec7f1e665d27cc6d

(1085)

on November 01, 2011
at 07:39 PM

Its really not that hard to gain several pounds in a couple days (read James' post below re: spaghetti, and I can say the same for some decent Mexican food). Thankfully, its a temporary gain and the weight can be shed quickly by getting your diet back on track and resuming normal activity. My body comp feels a bit "off" for a few days, but that feeling goes away soon enough. Sometimes its a fair trade for a weekend of good memories. Sometimes.

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on November 01, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Is there a reason you can't still stick to the same eating schedule on the weekends? If not, then keep your schedule the same.

If you're trying to lose the last ten pounds there's a good chance you'll need to do some caloric restriction. Also, if you drink on the weekends- be aware that alcohol can affect fat loss.

De0ac3e3479259bdcb1f84b4c7ab314d

(90)

on November 02, 2011
at 12:09 AM

I usually drink on the weekends and that will add about 2-3 pounds over the weekend. It usually balances out over the course of the week when I'm eating clean and not drinking. Give up the drinking for a bit if you're trying to lose weight fast. I'd still go out for drinks because I don't want my diet to interfere with my social life. If anything, go for either straight shots or whisky/scotch on the rocks. Avoid the cocktails, fruit/soda chasers, and beers.

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on November 01, 2011
at 08:22 PM

I agree with making some changes to get those last 10 lbs off, since you are facing some difficulties.

IF'ing is a good idea to try, you don't have to do a major IF, just eat a early light dinner (I eat around 3-4 when I IF) then do breakfast around 10 am for a 18 hr fast. Then do two meals that day, and next day IF again (twice to 3 times a week If)

something different to mix it up and maybe get your weekend stalls to move.

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on November 01, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Distractions are always good when you're trying to assert food control. For example, have the breakfast you planned then go somewhere just to get away from your kitchen. Or, plan a project and immerse yourself in it so you don't even think of food. For me, this is usually a long walk or errand because I still tend to nibble when I'm reading or watching TV.

Anyhow, planned distractions work a lot better than exerting willpower. You'll be nice and hungry for your next meal and avoid grazing too often if you're "too busy" to eat all the time.

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on November 01, 2011
at 06:11 PM

don't eat more than on a typical week day, keep the same schedule and go for a long walk.
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