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Old 01-27-2008, 10:52 AM   #1
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sudden unexpected weight gain

Here's a strange question/observation.

I recently, over the course of a week, gained about 6.5 pounds. I went from 170 to about 176.5. The odd thing is that I can't figure out why -- and my scale still pegs me at about 8.3% bf.

I'm going to tighten my diet back up a bit (I used to weigh around 175 -- then greatly reduced refined sugar and went a little more zonish-paleo, and dropped to an average of 169-170). I haven't strayed too much from my diet, although I loosened it up a little (however, that was months ago -- which is why I'm not sure it's related to this sudden 1 week gain).

To top it off, I had a pretty good week workout-wise. Max effort deadlift (reached 335, about 20lbs shy of my pr), ran a 5K (in my top 3 times), rowed a 6K (24:38), BJJ (60 minutes of straight rolling), and one 'light' BJJ class... hence it seems weird that I'd suddenly shoot up in weight in such a short time.

I'm not worried about it, but I am curious -- any theories on what would cause this? Or maybe I'm just full of sh***. =)
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Old 01-27-2008, 12:00 PM   #2
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Re: sudden unexpected weight gain

you put on muscle?
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Old 01-27-2008, 12:11 PM   #3
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Re: sudden unexpected weight gain

Intense physical exercise stimulates increased appetite. Weight gain is also usually accompanied with water weigh too.
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Old 01-27-2008, 01:12 PM   #4
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Re: sudden unexpected weight gain

yar, water weight....i just gained 6lbs in 36 hours
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Old 01-27-2008, 02:45 PM   #5
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Re: sudden unexpected weight gain

Water weight... almost for sure!!

IMO - if you want to measure your weight, do it once a week at the most... any more frequently and you are just seeing water weight changes. (Heart failure patients are weighed daily because weight gain is an indicator of water retention and heart failure... everyone else, once a week is more than enough).

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Old 01-27-2008, 04:57 PM   #6
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Re: sudden unexpected weight gain

I've noticed as much as an 8 pound difference between my weight immediately before breaking an intermittent fast and 5 hours later, when I'm done eating.

If you care what the scale says, you've got to measure yourself at a consistent time.
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Old 01-27-2008, 05:31 PM   #7
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Re: sudden unexpected weight gain

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I've noticed as much as an 8 pound difference between my weight immediately before breaking an intermittent fast and 5 hours later, when I'm done eating.

If you care what the scale says, you've got to measure yourself at a consistent time.
I'm not terribly weight oriented -- I weigh myself maybe once every couple weeks, no more than 1/week to watch for trends. I'm a BJJ student -- but I don't compete -- but as is the case with most grappling, we often discuss our weight or ask our partners how much the weigh when we pair up for practice.

I mostly just thought it was odd that my weight 'spiked' suddenly after weeks and months at a fairly consistent 168-170.

On a side note -- I ran a 5K today, and weighed myself shortly thereafter just to see how much water-weight I'd dropped. It was about 3 pounds.
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