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  1. #1 Why am I gaining weight 
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    Hello,


    I'm on a diet, trying to lose weight, and I'm wondering why some days I gain weight and some days I lose weight. I'm monitoring my calories and being sure I'm under 2000 every day. I also commute to work on my bike everyday, half an hour per leg.


    Two days ago, I weighed myself. I was at 175 lb. Then yesterday, I weighed myself. I was at 176 lb. This morning, I was at 177 lb.


    Here's what I ate yesterday:


    yogurt for breakfast: 35 calories
    soup for lunch: 200
    crackers with the soup: 100
    chicken salad for supper:
    romain lettuce: 10
    roma tomato: 35
    carrot: 25
    1/3 yellow bell pepper: 20
    4 or 5 broccoli spears: 10
    mushrooms: 5
    cucumber: 5
    1 chicken breast: 150
    blue cheese dressing: 240
    croutons: 60
    parmesan cheese 240
    TOTAL: 1135


    I munched on a few snacks throughout the day, but it couldn't have been more than 200 calories worth. So let's bring the total up to 1335. <-- Well under 2000 calories, plus the bike riding, yet I still gained a pound since yesterday.


    The day before was a similar diet: yogurt for breakfast, soup with crackers for lunch, a salad for supper. The only difference in the salad was that the meat was fish, not chicken. Fish is typically less than chicken in terms of calories but this fish was 1.5 to 2 times bigger than the chicken breast I had last night, and I also battered it with oil. My batter recipe consists of crushed bread crumbs, whipped egg, and oil. If I were to guess, I'd say the fish was between 300 and 400 calories. That's a difference of 150 to 250 calories from the chicken. Let's say 250. Add the same 200 calories for snacks, I estimate that yesterday I consumed 1335 + 250 = 1585. <-- Still under 2000.


    Yet I still seem to be gaining weight. Why?


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    Your weight will fluctuate quite a lot over short time periods (frankly a full bladder or a good bowel movement can make a difference ). Don't weigh yourself daily, but rather weekly or monthly, if you are consuming fewer calories than you use you will see weight loss over longer periods.


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    If that is your diet then you are probably not eating enough to lose weight - at least not safely and consistently. Get moderate exercise and try keep your calorie deficit to around 400 calories a day. A 30 year old male of average height and your weight would have a base metabolic burn rate of around 1700 calories a day (plus minus a couple of 100 calories, don't get too hung up on the numbers at that level as the error bars on this stuff are massive). If you are moderately active during the day that means you need around 2200 calories to maintain weight. Your target food consumption should then be around 1800 calories per day.

    If you try a starvation diet you will tend to lose more lean muscle mass than body fat as your body tries to preserve fat - which hurts any chance of weight loss.
    As is often the case with technical subjects we are presented with an unfortunate choice: an explanation that is accurate but incomprehensible, or comprehensible but wrong.
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    PhDemon has it exactly right. Water weight alone will change overall weight by 1-2% even in a couple hours. Any more often than weekly weigh-ins and even those over similar conditions-- (e.g. 7AM every Tuesday) is a waste of time.
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    The simple answer to this is if calories in are greater than calories out then you probably will gain weight.
    If your weight only goes up by a small amount I wouldn't worry. Go for a nice long walk instead!
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    cut the crackers, blue cheese and, croutons and parmesan

    use vinegar and oil for dressing

    you have four big fat items in your diet

    and

    can I have five pounds!

    I can't keep weight ON
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    Sometimes it isn't about what we eat but when we eat. Do you eat late at night or evening?
    Remember, the older we get the harder it can be to burn of calories and keep them off.
    Now, I don't want to sound patronising but people in the USA have their biggest meal (dinner) later in the day/evening. This will contribute to obesity epidemic. They even have supper.
    Supper is not really something that's a given in UK. That I know of.

    Good luck and keep going. You are aiming in the right direction at least in trying to help your general well-being.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gib65 View Post
    Hello,


    I'm on a diet, trying to lose weight, and I'm wondering why some days I gain weight and some days I lose weight. I'm monitoring my calories and being sure I'm under 2000 every day. I also commute to work on my bike everyday, half an hour per leg.


    Two days ago, I weighed myself. I was at 175 lb. Then yesterday, I weighed myself. I was at 176 lb. This morning, I was at 177 lb.


    Here's what I ate yesterday:


    yogurt for breakfast: 35 calories
    soup for lunch: 200
    crackers with the soup: 100
    chicken salad for supper:
    romain lettuce: 10
    roma tomato: 35
    carrot: 25
    1/3 yellow bell pepper: 20
    4 or 5 broccoli spears: 10
    mushrooms: 5
    cucumber: 5
    1 chicken breast: 150
    blue cheese dressing: 240
    croutons: 60
    parmesan cheese 240
    TOTAL: 1135


    I munched on a few snacks throughout the day, but it couldn't have been more than 200 calories worth. So let's bring the total up to 1335. <-- Well under 2000 calories, plus the bike riding, yet I still gained a pound since yesterday.


    The day before was a similar diet: yogurt for breakfast, soup with crackers for lunch, a salad for supper. The only difference in the salad was that the meat was fish, not chicken. Fish is typically less than chicken in terms of calories but this fish was 1.5 to 2 times bigger than the chicken breast I had last night, and I also battered it with oil. My batter recipe consists of crushed bread crumbs, whipped egg, and oil. If I were to guess, I'd say the fish was between 300 and 400 calories. That's a difference of 150 to 250 calories from the chicken. Let's say 250. Add the same 200 calories for snacks, I estimate that yesterday I consumed 1335 + 250 = 1585. <-- Still under 2000.


    Yet I still seem to be gaining weight. Why?
    I am always suspicious of the dietary claims of people who eat "snacks". In my experience, people who are regularly seen eating "snacks" are nearly always fat.
    Do not eat "snacks". At all. Get out of the habit - it's a really bad one.

    And what are you drinking? Water? Tea? Coffee? Or.......... fizzy drinks?
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    If you are drinking a lot of soda or sugary drinks I would recommend drinking sparkling water instead if you would like because it has no calories.
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    As others have mentioned, body weight will fluctuate quite a bit as certain foods will slow down the digestive process and/or the body will retain fluids. Fats and salts, dairy and breads have that effect on me.

    In the example you show above, I would suspect the battered fish and dressing as being the main culprits. Ten days ago I treated my mother to fish and chips and we shared a large serving between us. The next morning I was a full two pounds heavier! The weight was gone plus an additional pound three days later when next I weighed myself.

    Be judicious about when you eat and it is good advice to eat sparingly after midday. Choose healthy snacks if you must, and learn to make your own food to avoid the host of additives and preservatives that go into most processed food to enhance appearance and extend shelf life. Many people are sensitive to the GRAS (generally regarded as safe) ingredients and these also can lead to fluid retention and weight gain.

    Remember to be mindful of the calories in each of your beverages because they do add up quickly.
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    A diet high in sodium can cause water retention inside your body and cells and cause you to gain some weight too. The simplest fix to this is to drink plenty of water to flush out the sodium from your body and cells and to consume less sodium.
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    Nitpick! I hate it when people talk about eating sodium! Sodium is a very reactive metal, eating it would kill you! You mean sodium chloride or salt!

    [/end chemist rant]
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    Nitpick! I hate it when people talk about eating sodium! Sodium is a very reactive metal, eating it would kill you! You mean sodium chloride or salt!

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    Correct! Sodium Chloride is commonly referred to as salt but in chemistry there are actually many different kinds of salts made up of different elements.
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    Sometimes weight gain can be due to muscle building. If you ride your bike a lot you may have just put on a pound or two of muscle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmatt9876 View Post
    Correct! Sodium Chloride is commonly referred to as salt but in chemistry there are actually many different kinds of salts made up of different elements.
    I know, I'm a chemist! But thanks Captain Obvious
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mmatt9876 View Post
    Correct! Sodium Chloride is commonly referred to as salt but in chemistry there are actually many different kinds of salts made up of different elements.
    I know, I'm a chemist! But thanks Captain Obvious
    Ha ha! You got me!
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    I am another individual what wants to lose weight.
    I have to admit I find the process difficult, and one reason is that I am constantly "snacking".
    My partner is generally supportive although I have noticed, at times, she makes snide remarks about my substantial stomach.
    Recently, I remarked to one of the chums, who happens to be even heavier than myself, we should take up the triathlon.
    He, sarcastically, called this a ridiculous suggestion especially as we are both in late middle age.
    Sadly, I now find myself agreeing with him.
    The only answer is willpower leading to a reduction in food consumption, less drinking of beer, and a number of dreadful visits to the gym.
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    Yes I wonder about "snacking". Is it proven that snacking does indeed put on weight?

    If so ,how can one break this habit in such a way as to make one's new eating regime comfortable and second nature so as not to slip back into the old ways.?

    I have been thinking about never starting to eat unless there is an actual physical message from your stomach that it wants food.

    Would that be a sensible/realistic policy ? (again provided that snacking does actually put on weight)
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