Weight Gain

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  • posted by samanthagallagher8

    I started the 800 fast diet last Monday (14th October).
    In 2 days I had lost 4 lbs but was determined not to keep weighing myself everyday, but on Saturday I jumped on the scales and had gained 3 lbs.
    I have stuck to the plan every day, averaging 800 calories over the past 9 days, 16% from carbs, 42% from fat and 42% from protein.
    Today I weighed myself and from Saturday I have gained 7 lbs :0
    I’m drinking at least 3 litres of water everyday and just feel deflated – I’m 5ft 11 and have about 5 stone to lose so I though this would give me the kick I needed to lose the weight but I now feel deflated.
    I am also in ketosis…..

    Any advice would be appreciated.

  • posted by MerryMelba

    Hi Samantha and a warm welcome to you!
    My first piece of advice is to stay off the scales! 😃
    This is a change to your way of eating and is a long term way of life, so please don’t get frustrated in the first week or 2.
    Our weight changes all the time – often up and down several pounds at a time – depending on how much fluid you have, time of month, digestion, muscle mass etc.
    The best indicator of changes will be how your clothes feel 😍 Measure yourself! You will lose inches and fit into clothes – and that may not always reflect what the scales are showing. With a change to LCHF you will possibly gain more bone and muscle density – which is good!
    You say you are in ketosis, so you are doing well with your carb intake. Keep on tracking, and try to stay away from the scales – perhaps just choose one day each week (say every Tuesday).
    Also – these 2 posts have information from 2 long time members of these forums – Wendy and Essie. I find their stories inspiring.
    wendy: https://thebloodsugardiet.com/forums/topic/success-stories/#post-117307
    essie: https://thebloodsugardiet.com/forums/topic/one-week-at-a-time-beginning-1st-october-2019/#post-118464

    And jump onto an existing post to ask advice, questions, say hello. There is a monthly thread and a weekly one – where we share our paths and goals and victories and diversions! https://thebloodsugardiet.com/forums/topic/optimistic-in-october/ https://thebloodsugardiet.com/forums/topic/one-week-at-at-time-beginning-21-october/
    Reading through lots of past posts will give you lots of ideas, as well as recipes and suggested videos/books/podcasts.
    Great to have you here Samantha!
    MM 🌷🌼🌺

  • posted by MelBelle

    Welcome Samantha!
    I found the scales go up and down sooo much, and stall for a few days or a week at times. If you can keep your carbs low enough to keep yourself in ketosis, trust the process.
    To give you an idea of exactly how much fluctuation I’m talking about, I weighed myself every day this week and it looked like this (I am 5 foot tall and have reached my goal weight this month, this is in kilograms): Saturday to Saturday – 50.2, 49.8, 50.8, 50.6, 49.7, 50, 49.7

    In addition to what MM said about clothes being a much better indicator than scales (I have my skinny clothes that I keep trying on)…
    Watch this video about the whoosh effect https://youtu.be/-R7lUGjRAqA
    And for women especially, this video about low iron as a blocker for weight loss
    And this article for women about body composition and the relative irrelevance of scales https://idmprogram.com/why-does-body-composition-matter-women-and-fasting-part-4/

    Good luck! Let us all know how you go!

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