Post # 1
I got hit with a nasty stomach bug this weekend. For the last three days I’ve been more or less subsisting on water and bread (not even the good kind of bread. The kind that is sugar free, whole grain, and 50 calories a slice). I got on the scale today expecting to see a number maybe a little lower than it’s been. No, it’s two pounds higher. And I’m already 5 pounds above where I’m comfortable. I’m devastated by this- I’ve been working so hard in the gym, tracking my food with weight watchers, drinking lots of water, etc. My company caters lunch every day from all of these amazing restauraunts and I just get a plain boring salad (often without dressing or cheese). I’m so furious that I am doing so much and then GAIN weight. Anyone know what could be causing this? Maybe water retention from dehydration?
I know in the grand scheme of things two pounds isn’t THAT big of a deal, but it’s such a fight for me to lose every single pound because I have PCOS. I also know that being a size 10-12 like I am 9 times out of 10 is perfectly fine, but I feel bloated right now from being a little heavier than I’m used to being. It’s just really disheartening to be doing all of the right things and then having it backfire. It’s horrific to feel like your body is fighting against your efforts every single day. It makes me want to just say “screw this I’ll just eat the things that I want because I’ll just gain weight anyway.”
Post # 2
DuckEBee: My niece has PCOS to and is struggling with weight lose. Right now she found a diet/eating plan that is really working for her, and for the first time in a long while she is loosing weight. She is doing a low carb plan where she eats mainly protein. So things like bacon, cheese, tuna, chicken, steak, beans etc. She stays away from carbs (uses low carb wraps for sandwiches) and limits fruits and veggies (too much sugar). So for her breakfast might be eggs and bacon, lunch a lowcarb wrap with chicken, lettuce and tomato, and dinner a meat with a small serving of veggies. Snacks are usually nuts, cheeses, and tuna salad. She drinks water, or the flavored water drinks with no carbs.
She tried the regular “healthy” diet before- salads, limited fatty things, lots of veggies, lots of feeling deprived and it never worked. This seems to have made a real difference for her. She also has “cheat days” where if she has been at the same weight for a week straight, she gets a day to eat carbs/whatever she wants. The idea is the extra food on the cheat day followed by the diet plan the following day helps boost metabolism and keeps the weight coming off.
Post # 3
Fellow PCOS sister here. I feel ya. Water retention could be it. And if they only thing you’ve had on your stomach lately is bread–even whole wheat — that might be what is causing the bloat. For a difference as small as two pounds, though, it could be anything — you scale could be wonky, it could be related to your cycle, anything. If your body is receiving significantly less calories than it normally does, it will convert food into fat cells because it thinks it’s about to go into starvation mode and it needs to store up.
I’m the worse person to give advice on this. I’m hard on my body, too, and it is a big struggle with PCOS. I would just try to take it one meal at a time. Switch up your workout; if you usually run, try swimming or cycling. I find that when I focus more on the physical activity and try to challenge myself, then I become less concerned with my weight.
I also never weigh myself. I just can’t. I’m roughly your size and while, sure, I would like to be smaller, I know that I more or less live a healthy life. Constantly weighing myself and stressing over every pound was just becoming psychologically tortuous. I’ve become a lot more at peace with my body once I got off the scale. I know just try to go by the feel of my clothing; if my jeans start to feel a little snug, I know I need to cut back on carbs or only have dessert a few times a week.
Post # 4
Ok. Ignore your weight while you are sick. Your body is all out of wack and your fluid balance is messed up. Any weight you gain or lose during this time isn’t real. And after that weigh yourself no more than once a week under the same conditions (time of day, type of clothing etc, naked in the morning works best) so that fluctuations are really too much of a factor in your numbers. I’ve tried to loose weight before and I know how hard it is. Nothing is wrong with you
Post # 5
Have you had your thyroid checked? I used to look at a chocolate cake and gain two pounds!! I too was exercising, watching my weight etc etc etc and I kept gaining weight, slowly but surely. Its so discouraging. After talking to my doctor about it, she had me do some thyroid tests and bingo, my thyroid was all out of wack. I’m taking medication now and will be for the rest of my life but how it has changed my life. I’m no longer gaining weight like i used to. I still exercise vigourously at least three times a week and always try to eat well. I’m so much happier than when I wasn’t on the medication.
Post # 6
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That would be my bet – all that wheat in your tummy. White bread, especially, seems to “clog up my pipes” so to speak, and your fluid balance is probably off. I wouldn’t worry, wait until you feel better, and weigh in again.