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I was SO proud of myself for being down 8.8 lbs as of Sunday morning (223.2)... then I stepped on the scale on Monday and I was 224.2, and this morning I was 226. Any idea what could cause this? I'm only in week 2 of the program, and have been following it religiously. Help!..

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I also had a 2 ib gain in my second week and it took a week to lose that weight. Then nothing for days. Today got on the scale and dropped 2 more pounds! Dont give up and keep working the program because it works!!..

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I had the same results the first few weeks. I was thrilled with week one. Then a bit of a back slide and stagnation, even though I was 100% on plan. However, I realized I was enjoying the food, not hungry, and feeling physically better. Also, staying in touch with the boards helped. I think it is just the body digging in and saying " Oh, no you won't." Just stick to the plan and it will work.

You can "have the last laugh" and take control over your body!..

Comment #2

Thanks guys, I feel alot better knowing that other people went through the same thing. I plan on sticking it out for sure - I do love the way I feel and that I'm never hungry and that I can say NO to bad foods now! And trust me, Brandnew, I *will* have the last laugh......

Comment #3

Could just be water retention. That's why they say to weigh in only once a week. I can't stick it out that long, and weigh daily, but try to remind myself of the various things that could cause a weight gain or loss from day to day. Hang in there!..

Comment #4

I can tell when my period is going to start because I gain 2-3 pounds. Just don't weigh yourself that week - at least with me, my weight quickly goes back to where it was the week before...

Comment #5

The summer is noted for causing water retention. Fluctuations are very normal, especially if a day has had more sodium than usual..

This is posted all the time by Pam SB:.

Why Scales Lie by Renee Cloe, ACE Certified Personal Trainer (reprinted with permission:

Weve been told over and over again that daily weighing is unnecessary, yet many of us cant resist peeking at that number every morning. If you just cant bring yourself to toss the scale in the trash, you should definitely familiarize yourself with the factors that influence its readings. From water retention to glycogen storage and changes in lean body mass, daily weight fluctuations are normal. They are not indicators of your success or failure. Once you understand how these mechanisms work, you can free yourself from the daily battle with the bathroom scale..

Water makes up about 60% of total body mass. Normal fluctuations in the bodys water content can send scale-watchers into a tailspin if they dont understand whats happening. Two factors influencing water retention are water consumption and salt intake. Strange as it sounds, the less water you drink, the more of it your body retains. If you are even slightly dehydrated your body will hang onto its water supplies with a vengeance, possibly causing the number on the scale to inch upward. The solution is to drink plenty of water..

Excess salt (sodium) can also play a big role in water retention. A single teaspoon of salt contains over 2,000 mg of sodium. Generally, we should only eat between 1,000 and 3,000 mg of sodium a day, so its easy to go overboard. Sodium is a sneaky substance. You would expect it to be most highly concentrated in salty chips, nuts, and crackers. However, a food doesnt have to taste salty to be loaded with sodium.

The more highly processed a food is, the more likely it is to have a high sodium content. Thats why, when it comes to eating, its wise to stick mainly to the basics: fruits, vegetables, lean meat, beans, and whole grains. Be sure to read the labels on canned foods, boxed mixes, and frozen dinners..

Women may also retain several pounds of water prior to menstruation. This is very common and the weight will likely disappear as quickly as it arrives. Pre-menstrual water-weight gain can be minimized by drinking plenty of water, maintaining an exercise program, and keeping high-sodium processed foods to a minimum..

Another factor that can influence the scale is glycogen. Think of glycogen as a fuel tank full of stored carbohydrate. Some glycogen is stored in the liver and some is stored the muscles themselves. This energy reserve weighs more than a pound and its packaged with 3-4 pounds of water when its stored. Your glycogen supply will shrink during the day if you fail to take in enough carbohydrates. As the glycogen supply shrinks you will experience a small imperceptible increase in appetite and your body will restore this fuel reserve along with its associated water.

These fluctuations have nothing to do with fat loss, although they can make for some unnecessarily dramatic weigh-ins if youre prone to obsessing over the number on the scale..

Otherwise rational people also tend to forget about the actual weight of the food they eat. For this reason, its wise to weigh yourself first thing in the morning before youve had anything to eat or drink. Swallowing a bunch of food before you step on the scale is no different than putting a bunch of rocks in your pocket. The 5 pounds that you gain right after a huge dinner is not fat. Its the actual weight of everything youve had to eat and drink. The added weight of the meal will be gone several hours later when youve finished digesting it..

Exercise physiologists tell us that in order to store one pound of fat, you need to eat 3,500 calories more than your body is able to burn. In other words, to actually store the above dinner as 5 pounds of fat, it would have to contain a whopping 17,500 calories. This is not likely, in fact its not humanly possible. So when the scale goes up 3 or 4 pounds overnight, rest easy, its likely to be water, glycogen, and the weight of your dinner. Keep in mind that the 3,500 calorie rule works in reverse also. In order to lose one pound of fat you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in.

When you follow a very low calorie diet that causes your weight to drop 10 pounds in 7 days, its physically impossible for all of that to be fat. What youre really losing is water, glycogen, and muscle..

This brings us to the scales sneakiest attribute. It doesnt just weigh fat. It weighs muscle, bone, water, internal organs and all. When you lose "weight," that doesnt necessarily mean that youve lost fat. In fact, the scale has no way of telling you what youve lost (or gained). Losing muscle is nothing to celebrate.

The more muscle you have the more calories your body burns, even when youre just sitting around. Thats one reason why a fit, active person is able to eat considerably more food than the dieter who is unwittingly destroying muscle tissue..

Robin Landis, author of "Body Fueling," compares fat and muscles to feathers and gold. One pound of fat is like a big fluffy, lumpy bunch of feathers, and one pound of muscle is small and valuable like a piece of gold. Obviously, you want to lose the dumpy, bulky feathers and keep the sleek beautiful gold. The problem with the scale is that it doesnt differentiate between the two. It cant tell you how much of your total body weight is lean tissue and how much is fat. There are several other measuring techniques that can accomplish this, although they vary in convenience, accuracy, and cost.

If the thought of being pinched, dunked, or gently zapped just doesnt appeal to you, dont worry. The best measurement tool of all turns out to be your very own eyes. How do you look? How do you feel? How do your clothes fit? Are your rings looser? Do your muscles feel firmer? These are the true measurements of success. If you are exercising and eating right, dont be discouraged by a small gain on the scale. Fluctuations are perfectly normal. Expect them to happen and take them in stride. Its a matter of mind over scale...

Comment #6

I'm having the same experience. I'm at the end of week 4 and the scale shows me to have gained back 2 pounds of the 4 total that I had lost by the end of week 2. I've stayed on plan, drunk the water, done some exercise (but I know I need to do more), and I'm growing very frustrated. I'll stick with it and try to get in more exercise, but I really want to see the scale move! I can't blame it on PMS or water retention, so I'm really at a loss...

Comment #7

What frustrates me is that last week I weighed in at 219 then went to the drs and weighed in at 212. AAAARG! Now Im lost. So I choose to keep the one at home as my guide... now thats frustrating. So it showed me as a loss of 11lbs then when I reported it from the house scale it showed only 4 but thats 4 less that I have to carry around.Look at things that way 4 lbs... maybe a bag of sugar..


Comment #8

As I like to say, just expect your weight to go "up, down and all around". Eventually you will go down. When you look at your weight chart at the end of a month, you will see the big picture and not worry about a gain here and there. Some days you will be 2 lbs less for no reason at all. Hang in there...

Comment #9

This has been happening to me too. I was 227.5 on Aug 1st. On my weigh-in day Aug 7th I had shot up to 232.5. As of yesturday I was down to 226.5 and then this morning I was down to 225.0..

When I see a gain like that I don't get worked up, because no way could I gained that much in such short time. Even if I cheat here and there..

So definately water weigh, also with the heat and humidity changing as it is where I live, my body is dealing with that. It is what our bodies were suppose to do. So No worries..

Comment #10

Update- I've now been sitting at 225.4 for a couple of days. This is getting so frustrating Part of me knows that I should start weighing once a week, but the other part wants to get on the scale every morning until I see that number go down a little bit. It's taking every ounce of strength to not say "I'm going to have some drinks. What the hell, why not? I'm not losing anything anyways."..

Comment #11

Hey all - this thread has been so helpful for me - just because we are all going thru the same thing!.

I have read that story about "how scales lie" so many times I get tired of seeing it, to be honest! I know the scales go up and down daily, depending on the foods you eat, water weight (which is not "fat" weight), how full your bowels are, etc. In 2003 I lost 30 lbs and it is true, over the course of a month, if you are following the guidelines the scales move downward, although not necessarily in a straight line if you are graphing your weight loss..

HOWEVER, I went from 162 Aug 1 to 158 at my week 1 weigh-in, and went on down to 157.4, now the scales are creeping back up...158 yesterday and today 159. I also feel really really bloated in my stomach - I just feel fat! This is so discouraging to stay on plan because even though you know it will work over time, it is like going to work for a week then your boss tells you that you aren't going to get just donated that time!.

I see that some people have a steady loss...even if it is only a pound a week, heck, the scales are at least moving in the right direction! What are some things some of you have done to stay on plan during times like these for you?.

P.s. - I took my measurements and nothinig has changed and I workout daily and have been before August so I know my body isn't trying to adjust to the workouts....Also for me TOM is not the issue. So?????..

Comment #12

Don't give in!!!!! I'm in a holding pattern right now too, yet I'm 100% on plan.I did stop the daily weighing now 6 weeks into program. I was hoping for a loss this Thursday, but I was up with monthly water retention. (tight rings). I'm not getting back on the scale till next Thursday and hoping it will be a BIG day..

Try more protein selections rather than dairy and push the plain water..

Remember, we will have the last laughs..

PS. I like your tickersimple, sleek, sophisticated...

Comment #13

Have you talked with a counselor and gone over every thing you eat plus your exercise? Stress also affects weight, so talking to a counselor might give some insight and reduce the frustration..

As to staying on plan when being frustrated at no loss for a period of time, I try to focus upon the total pictxure. Weight loss is one of the by products of a healthier lifestyle. I look at other health factors and have faith that when the body is ready to cooperate, it will....and today, it did...

Comment #14

My 2c's, while I have not stagnated/gone up yet (though have my doubts for this week - weighin on Sunday), I have seen posts where other NS'ers have called the Nutrisystem counselors to discuss specifics to what they are eating/activity etc when they get to a road block. I would think that may be of some value for you to do...

Comment #15

This thread is perfect timing for me. I too was getting a little frustrated, even with knowing it isn't an overnight fix. I started 8/5 and have been 163, 163, 160, 160, 159, 159, 160, 159, 160, 160. Everything seemed great at first, but then just got stuck between 159-160. I too have been sticking to the plan 100%. Water might be my issue.

Some of what I've been drinking has caffeine so doesn't count, so when I went shopping yesterday I bought decaf crystal light and am trying to drink more plain water..

I was going to come on here today and ask if anyone else was dealing with the same issue, but sure enough, someone else already asked and many of you had good advice..

Thank you all! You have helped to keep me motivated today!..

Comment #16

Honestly, for me, it is not unusual for my weight to fluctuate by 5 lbs. up or down, depending on the time of the month, the heat, and how much water I've had..

Remember to just measure once a week and look at overall trends rather than day to day...

Comment #17

I can totally relate to the frustration you all have been having...I too have been frustrated in the past ( and still now too, dont get me wrong )...I have tried all diets, and if you look at my avatar, I think I have been a mbr since 08? 09? I dont know, a long time...I have started and stopped so many different times it's insane...Im afraid to say that this time is different because I have said that 8 million times before, I hope it is a "lifestyle" change this time and I know it is only me who controls that but Im human, and I do fall into pitfalls....Okay, now, after that preface....

This time I have stayed on for going on 8 weeks now (For me, that is a HUGE deal, 6 weeks was my limit)...I have gone through bday parties, 4th of july, going out, going out of town...I have so far conquered all of those obstacles...And, as you can see, I have lost 11 lbs...Here comes the good part....

Most of those 11 lbs (out of 8 weeks) was at the very beginning, I have had 2 weeks or so where I lost nothing....and YES it is so easy to just give up and say "well this one isnt working either"...or " I will always be this way , why try" or "I have been this weight for at least 20 out of my 38 years, maybe it is more genetics and I will never lose it." ... trust me, I have been through every pitfall, every self sabotaging thoughts possible....

What I have learned....I am not going to lose the big numbers everybody else does...I have a feeling, instead of a 1-2 lb average, I am more of a .5 average...Unfortunately, I think I really have to face that is my reality. However, .5 is better than nothing...and each lb I do lose I tell myself I will never be this weight again in my life and it's permanent...Meaning, I really know that this time I am losing real weight, not water weight, not muscle loss, real fat...and because I am losing it so slowly, it is more apt to stay off then gaining it right back if I do indulge once in awhile. If this is truly going to be for a lifetime then I might indulge ( I dont mean binge ) but indulge once in awhile (I had 1 beer the other night). I realize by doing that I might not lose as fast but that is okay for ME because for this to be a true lifestyle change I have to do what I have to do to get me through knowing though that I might not lose if I do choose to have that beer..

Another thing I learned...if I look at the end number it seems sooooooo far off for me, it does seem impossible. I have set myself up for failure every single time by saying I want to lose (enter huge number here) by (enter unrealistic date here). Again, this is going to be a journey, not an end result...if you stick to the journey, you WILL reach the end result but it may take longer than expected. I mean mathematically, if you are expending more calories than you are consuming, you will lose it but it just may not be as fast as you want it....and I know, that is the most frustrating part of it..

Every body is different, sometimes I look at the numbers people are showing on their tickers and I get discouraged because they lost 10 lbs in 2 weeks and I lost .5....but I know if I stick with it , it will happen, Im just not like them. So , for me, I have to ignore stickers sometimes and just read the txt of what people write..

I dont know if this time will work for me, but I certainly hope that this is the time I finally do stick to it and stick to it for life. But Im not going to set myself up for failure by setting a goal I cant reach or by comparing myself to others...that is what sabotaged me in the past. Some people can eat whatever they want and not gain weight, unfortunately Im not that type of person. Some people can lose weight super fast, unfortunately, Im not that type of person. All I can do is control what I put in my mouth for today, exercise moderately (another thing I figured out, if I did a ton of exercise I got discouraged because it ate up all my time and I hated it so I have to learn what I like and what I dont like and not be too hard on myself if I skip a day, again, knowing it might slow my progress but at least Im not giving up all together)..

Finally, there are wonderful people on the boards who are super supportive....other people, not so much...maybe they forgot how hard it is to lose and they have no tolerance and dont remember what it was like to be in the those people with the negativity I just dont read or give any thought to...Post your questions - even if the response is "try doing a search and you will find posts with the same question" what YOU need to do to get through it , and you will!!!!.

Good Luck to you and to all of us who have struggled!!!..

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