Can you gain 2 pounds in one day?

previous topic · next topic
roziebee

Joined: Mar 13
Posts: 8

      quote  
Posted: 04 Apr 2013, 11:44
I went on the scale first thing Wednesday morning and I weight 182 I measured myself and I had lost one inch but no weight. First thingt this morning I weighed myself and I weighed 184. I only had 1538 calories the day before. Is that possible, to gain 2 pounds in one day with only 1538 calories? I know I did not gain any muscle because I have not been able to wk out due to an injury, but I dropped my calories by 200 to make up for that.I am still a inch smaller thank God.
Nimm

Joined: Dec 10
Posts: 669

      quote  
Posted: 04 Apr 2013, 12:23
It's trivially easy to gain 2 pounds of weight in a day. Drink a glass of water and you can get a pound right there. If your glycogen is low because you're following a lower-carbohydrate diet (or did some exercise recently), and you have a higher-carb day, you can add a couple pounds of glycogen immediately.

This isn't weight worth worrying about though - you're probably concerned about body fat, not just "weight." And on that point, it is theoretically possible to add 2 pounds of fat in one day, but impossible as a practical matter. You would have to consume over 7000 calories more than you burned.

If your weight increases that much overnight, and you did not go on massive eating binge, you can rest assured it is not body fat. Just normal bodyweight and scale "noise" masking the measure of actual body fat levels.

Total weight can increase while body fat decreases, and vice versa. The amount of misery and confusion caused by equating scale weight with body fat is one of the biggest problems with weight management, in my opinion. Don't read too much into each day's weigh-in. Look for the long-term trends.
roziebee

Joined: Mar 13
Posts: 8

      quote  
Posted: 04 Apr 2013, 14:52
Thanks for the good advice. It was very helpful



Forum Search
Advanced forum search



Latest Posts

Wraps made with lettuce
a sandwich and a wrap are two different things
by Halo Kiwi on 29 Sep 16 11:26 AM
Problems Hitting My Macros
For so long, I really thought I had been over eating as I'd started to put on a bit of weight in my stomach area. I've been weight lifting for around 9/10 months and my aim was to lose a bit of ...
by halexis91 on 29 Sep 16 09:13 AM
An interesting journey
I started my weight loss journey in January with a loss goal of 17 lbs, and came onto this site somewhere around May. I have lost just over 30 lbs. I am post menopause and never thought I could do it. ...
by catkane8662 on 28 Sep 16 06:41 PM
Let me brag a little
That's funny NY. I too sometimes wonder what 5:2 Cowboy means.
by FiveTwoCowboy on 28 Sep 16 05:02 PM
I will succeed!
Cook healthy, teach her the difference between fast food and fresh produce or home cooked meals. Education is key. Tell her: if she stops eating, and then decides to eat-she's going to put weight on ...
by XshapeshiftX on 28 Sep 16 04:49 PM