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Please tell me this is water weight.

I havent weighed myself in a few months but I was at a consistent weight for a while and made no real changes to my diet ( excluding the week of christmas which was filled with fattening goodies). Since December 29th I have been exercising daily and sticking to a pretty strict diet...slacking maybe 2 or 3 days out of this last month...but for the most part doing pretty damn well and adding in more cardio than before. I have my period, but I dont look or feel bloated or as though I am retaining water, but I weigh 10 pounds more than I was last time I weighed in. Ofcourse I'm wondering if it is even humanly possible that I gained all that weight from christmas week or those 2-3 off days...but that makes NO SENSE. Could the added exercise + the period= 10 pounds of excess water/muscle weight?? Also, can I be retaining water and not FEEL like I am??
Ten unexpected pounds is a horrifying surprise. Anyone ever experience this and have it be a fluke?? please ease my mind, or just give me some input:)

Fri. Jan 25, 4:17pm

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I've seen people at WW meetings gain 5-7 lbs during a bad period. It's much more than normal, but it does occasionally happen - as proven by their loss of that amount and more the following week.

Friday, January 25, 2008, 5:34 PM

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This is a discussion that has been here on PT over and over. How can women not know that periods can certainly have you up 3-6 pounds every month? You should search for the previous threads on the same subject.

Friday, January 25, 2008, 6:08 PM

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Why not weigh at least once a week and then you won't have any surprises? At least weigh next week when you are off your period.

And PP not everyone gains weight during that time of the month. I don't!

Friday, January 25, 2008, 6:33 PM

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6:08- is it necessary to be that rude?

Friday, January 25, 2008, 6:35 PM

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It could be your period, plus added muscle, plus more water retention due to just strength training, anything salty you have eaten...

You would have eaten 35,000 calories over what you are used to between the last time you weighed and this time to gain 10 lbs. of fat.

Friday, January 25, 2008, 6:57 PM

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6:08- if this thread does not interest you then move on to the next. no need to be a complete asshole.

Saturday, January 26, 2008, 8:47 AM

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"How can women not know?" Why would they need to know? Only women who worry about their weight would even care, and the knowledge doesn't fall right into a woman's head simply because she begins to worry about her weight.

Saturday, January 26, 2008, 4:11 PM

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I always lose 1-2 lb while on my period... they come back afterwards though! ;)

Saturday, January 26, 2008, 4:45 PM

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I just went through the same thing. I didn't feel bloated, but the scales where telling me I was. I have longer than average periods, so I bought some water pills. I now see that I have lost a pound this week. I took the easy way out, but I read that exercise, drinking 8 servings of water a day, and eating low sodium will do the same thing but it is easier on your organs.

Monday, January 28, 2008, 7:58 AM

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gaining ten pounds with no explanation

I just read recently about how muscle retains glycogen which in-turn holds water. As soon as you need fuel, it draws from the glycogen. This is the science behind carb loading before a long race, like a marathon. I too have had the same experience, being so strict then gaining weight. I think that it is your body adjusting to working out again and eating healthy. Your body is acclimating, then you add in TOM and you get extra weight gain. The reason you DO NOT feel like you're retaining water is because of the exercise. Just keep drinking a ton of water, as this flushes the body and hold tight, you're body will suddenly just realize what it is doing and drop the extra. I have experienced this before, though not yet this time. Do a search on google for weight retention and glycogen if you want more information. I hope this helps you.

Monday, January 28, 2008, 8:31 AM

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Water Weight gain

Just want to add that I gained 2 lbs- I was exercising more than usual but the sulprits turned out to be drinking less water due to the winter cold snap and a couple of days of heating up frozen entrees to warm me up- they were low cal but HIGH SoDIUM

Monday, January 28, 2008, 9:47 AM

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