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Is is possible to gain 7lbs in 4 days?

My scale weiged me at 150 on 4/11 and on 4/16 it said 157! AHHHHH Is this even possible? I haven't eaten anything crazy or gone on an all night burger party-Help !!!

Tue. Apr 18, 6:19pm

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How old are you, where are you in your cycle, are you under any unusual stress? I've had this happen to me and people, even my PT, say it is impossible. I've finally narrowed it down to HORMONES.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006, 7:00 PM

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your weight will fluctuate up to 8lbs a day depending on many things

Tuesday, April 18, 2006, 7:57 PM

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Okay darlin'! :)
For you to gain 7 lbs. in 4 days you would have had to consume 245,000 calories more than usual over that 4 day period. Divided evenly, you would have had to have consumed 61,250 calories MORE THAN what is required to maintain your weight EACH of those days.
Crazy, right? lol
You're probably retaining water. Sodium, PMS, stress, or a combination of all 3 make you do that. Keep us posted. I think you'll find you're A-OK. :)

Tuesday, April 18, 2006, 8:53 PM

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Working out?

Gaining that is IMPOSSIBLE.

Have you been working out hard lately? Lots of lifting or endurance athletics? Your muscles will retain a LOT of water as they repair themselves.

Try taking some fresh lemon juice in some water in the mornings, or cider vinegar tablets (from the health food store) - plus drink more water in order to lose any bloat. You're fine.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006, 9:52 PM

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Actually: to gain 7 lbs in that period of time would mean eating 24,500 extra calories in that week ( a pound of fat is 3500 calories).

Divided evenly, would be an extra 3,500 calories per day over what you need to maintain your current body weight,

Could be a combination of water-weight gain, added muscle ( weighs more than fat) if you're doing resistance, and taking in some extra calories.

Don't beat yourself up over it. The hormonal thing passes and there's always another week; and keeping track of the food intake religiously will help you tweak all that too.

From one who knows--lots of ups and downs ( down 60.6 and counting!)

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 12:05 AM

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What does fresh lemon juice in the morning do?

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 9:30 AM

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I meant 24,500-- :)
But that would still mean an extra 6,100 cals every day OVER what she would need to maintain, and that's just nutso.
Hey, OP, keep us posted! :)

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 9:31 AM

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Lemon Juice and apple cider vinegar

help flush your system, act as a bit of a diuretic. To work best, you should drink lots and lots of water after starting your day w/ lemon and water, lemon and vinegar, or apple cider vinegar tablets, washed down with - what else - water.

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 9:45 AM

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That type of gain happens to me as well. Depending on your age it could be premenstrual of peri-menopausal as is my case.
Also, if you ate a high sodium meal-like adding soy sauce to your meal that sort of thing that would temporarily cause this kind of gain.

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 10:32 AM

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From OP

Thank you everyone for your helpful comments! I didn't consume any crazy amounts of calories and with my birth control I don't really have a cycle much anymore. In that week I didn't work out at all like I normally do 6 times a week. I'm going with water retention. I'm back down 3 of the 7 gained. Thank you all again. If anything else "freaky time" happens I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 5:28 PM

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First of all you just recheck your weight on another weighing scale and see whether the weight is correct when you have seen on your scale. Article from says Another thing is that it is impossible to gain that much weight according to your statement and diet you are following. You also recheck your food what you have eaten in these four days.

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