Post # 1
I’m so frustrated now because Sat. night I went out with two of my friends and drank quite a bit. So I didn’t even eat that much and I skipped working out yesterday. This morning the scale said I gained like 3.5 pounds! It just makes me so mad because I have been working out a ton for the past two/two and a half weeks straight and was really starting to notice a difference. So my question is can alchohol retain water and cause temp. weight gain?
Post # 4
it’s just bloat! it will pass soon. don’t get discouraged…it’s just water, not actual fat gain.
Post # 5
Yeah it’s just temporary bloat. That’s why people who drink a lot can be otherwise skinny but have beer guts and beer bloated faces. It’ll go away if you drink plenty of water!
Post # 7
3.5 pounds sounds a bit much for actual weight gain, but yes, drinking can cause weight gain if your calories in ends up greater than your calories out.
Post # 8
3.5 pounds is over 12,000 in calories. I doubt that you drank 12,000 calories-worth of alcohol. Can a night of binge drinking cause you to gain weight? Well, yes, in that if you didn’t change anything about your diet and that night of drinking pushed you over your caloric needs for the week, you’d gain weight. But, while possible, one night is unlikely to do that.
Google “Why the Scale Lies” it’s a good article.
Whatever you do, don’t keep stressing over this and don’t let it derail you. You ate it, it’s done. Today is a new day, so cut your losses and move on.
Post # 9
Thanks! I hope its just bloat i will drink plenty of water today.
Post # 10
Did the same thing last weekend when my girlfriends showed up on my doorstep surprising me from out of town. I had lost 8 pounds and was feeling amazing, drank too much that one evening (margaritas!) and gained 4 pounds right back. It took me a week and a half to get my number back down to what it was before that little bender. This coming from a gal who does strength training 5x’s a week and runs all the time. I was not impressed with my choices. Drink lots of water and force yourself to do those dreaded ab exercises. That’s what finally got rid of my buddha belly!
Post # 11
It’s just bloat…workout and you’ll be right back to where you were a few days ago. It’s not “real” weight as I look at it…it’s the kind that’s super easy to lose.