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Water retention or weight gain?

amandasownbeyamandasownbey Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
So, I guess this is more of a two-part question. ;)

I need some guidance on health and nutrition. I use Beachbody workout programs like 21DF, but I've encountered a bit of an issue.

Lately I've had some health issues because of personal things going on in my life. I have over-exercised and my nutrition has not been its best, and I'm already a slim frame. I'm 5'4 and about 5-10 pounds underweight now (oops!). So, I'm trying to put on healthy weight. I know how to do it--cut out some cardio, up the strength training, and eat super-dense nutrition and lots of it.

But, for the past week or so my diet has been crap. I've been gorging myself (quite literally--I can tell I haven't taken a cheat meal in a while because I've been eating TONS of junk food) on Mexican food and tour of Italies at the Olive Garden. I've been eating pretty badly over the past week and the scale shot up about 5 pounds. But I've kept working out every day by doing tons of cardio (I usually do HIIT, running a ton, etc. My exercise regimen over the past couple of weeks has been only intense cardio). My first thought is "yay! I've gained five pounds!" But how much of that is true weight gain do you think?

I can't tell if I've gained at all, but it seems to me that gaining five pounds in a little over one week is impossible with the amount of cardio I've been doing (when I say I've been doing quite a bit, I mean it). Any advice on all this would be appreciated.

Also, I know how to gain the weight healthily: cut down on the cardio, focus more on strength training so the weight gain is lean muscle, and eat more nutritiously and lots of it. I guess I'm just curious to know where I stand. Are those really five "sticky" pounds, or is it impossible to gain weight with the amount of cardio I've been doing? (When I say cardio, I mean a long hour of running fast on the treadmill, a hIIT workout, lots of tuck jumps, etc.).


  • stevenjcampbellfitnessstevenjcampbellfitness Posts: 5Member Member Posts: 5Member Member
    Take 2 days and lower carbohydrates. See how your body reacts on the scale.

    I didn't read it all but the underlying message is that you've been eating a lot of sodium and fat and carbohydrate laden Foods. Yep that will do it It will definitely make you bloated and retaining water.

    How much over your maintenance have you been eating? Cardio doesn't always offset everything just so you know. You're really can't practically out train a bad diet.

    Take two days, at 100 grams of carbohydrate per day. Take something to make you use the bathroom if you have to, and then see what the results are.
  • Gallowmere1984Gallowmere1984 Posts: 6,594Member Member Posts: 6,594Member Member
    Between all of that Mexican and OG, I'm willing to bet that you're holding a buttload of water, just from the sodium, if this kind of eating is out of the norm for you.
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