When people say they want to lose weight and ask me for advice, I usually suggest trying gluten-free for at least a couple of weeks.  As soon as I suggest it, people often close their ears, say “ok,” and walk away.  Most of the time they do not give me a chance to explain how eating gluten-free has assisted in my weight loss and how when I choose to eat gluten, it immediately causes a weight gain that takes a day or two or three to get rid of. 

Me and My Husband At AWA

This past weekend was AWA (Anime Weekend Atlanta), which is hands-down my husband’s favorite time of the year.  It has also become a weekend that I look forward to, since we spend the weekend together at The Embassy Suites (by far my favorite hotel).  If you don’t know anything about The Embassy Suites, they have a complimentary buffet breakfast, with made-to-order omelets, every morning and a Manager’s Reception, with complimentary drinks-both non-alcoholic and alcoholic- and snacks- this time it was nachos, snack mix, gummy bears, and goldfish- every evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  This past weekend I definitely took advantage of the free breakfast, drinks, and snacks, especially since we have very low funds these days. 

We left The Embassy Suites on Sunday and upon returning home and stepping on the scale, I noticed that I had gained 10 lbs!  To make matters worse, on the way home we stopped by Party City and purchased Halloween costumes.  When I tried mine on, it was too tight and highlighted all of the excess skin that is hanging around my waist.  I was very bummed and spent the rest of the night in a funk. 

Monday morning I started thinking about how I picked up the 10 lbs, despite walking over 3 miles every day after working out in the hotel gym every morning, and what I could do to fix it.  I identified the key factors that I believe caused my weight gain.

1)      From Friday through Sunday, I did not track my calories (journal all of my food on the MyFitnessPal app) like I do every day. 

2)      I ate gluten.

3)      I drank alcohol.

4)      I ate lunch at restaurants on Saturday and Sunday.

How would those factors cause a 10 lb weight gain in 3 days? Well, it really is pretty simple and scientific. 

1)      By not tracking my calories, I was able to consume way more calories than I usually consume in a day.  More calories in without adequate caloric burn (exercise) equals weight gain.  Simple math.

2)      Gluten causes my body to retain a lot of fluid! 

3)      Alcohol and the mixes added to alcohol are higher in sugar and calories than you think and two or three drinks can add up quickly.  Additionally, people (including myself) tend to eat way more sodium-packed snack foods while they drink.  In fact, I ate so many nachos both evenings at the Manager’s Reception that I did not eat any other dinner either Friday or Saturday.

4)      I have found that food served at restaurants generally contains more calories and sodium than any of the food that I would prepare for myself at home.   

All of those factors combined to cause a significant amount of water retention resulting in a 10 lb weight gain.  Thankfully, since it was all just water retention, I was able to get rid of all 10 lbs by last night (Thursday night). 

How did I do it?  Well, it was pretty simple.

Monday morning I immediately started tracking my calories in the MyFitnessPal app.  I also went for an early morning 3.83 mile walk.  Then I planned an adventure day for my family and we climbed Stone Mountain.  I also decided to go back to my gluten-free eating plan.  I do not usually drink any alcohol when I am at home, so that was not a factor this week.  I have also prepared all of my meals myself, where I have closely monitored the calories and sodium.

Scary picture of myself on my early morning walk- no make-up and 1 1/2 miles into my walk.

Me and My Son on the way up Stone Mountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through all of the above modifications (and lots of late night urination- extra water chooses to come out at night for some reason), I was able to knock it out quickly. 

I said all of this to say, have fun and let loose for a day or two every now and then, but don’t freak out when the scale reflects your lack of focus on your healthy eating.  It is easily reversed by jumping back on your plan and forging ahead.

I can do this and so can you!  MOVE YOUR BODY!

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2 Responses to How I Gained 10 lbs in 3 days (and lost it again in 4)

  1. Regina says:

    People always say don’t weigh every day but
    I do!!! I find that it helps me stay on track!!! If I
    Gain a half pound, I will work harder to get it
    Off! Weighing every day actually helps me stay
    On track! It is amazing what a few days can
    Put on! Congrats on getting right back to your
    Routine!

    • Kristy says:

      I do that too! I find that on the days that I am away from my scale, I tend to gain some pounds because I can’t monitor myself. Maybe I will have to get one to travel with…. not that I get to travel much at all… 🙂

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