Mystery Gain Monday

Every once in a while you may feel the need to hire this guy to figure out the mystery of the scale creeping up with no explanation.  I’m a bit befuddled this morning by the tick up on the scale, especially since I was under the 1200 cal mark yesterday. It can sure seem like a mystery at times.


Yesterday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast – None

Lunch – Chicken & Onions

Dinner – Hamburger patties, slice of cheese, salad

Snack – Bacon

Calories – Under 1200

Tip Of The Day

This moment will come to any dieter. You get on the scale expecting a nice happy drop only to be punched in the gut with a mystery weight gain. It’s happened to me many times in the last year and It still ticks me off.

In my case, I only ate 1200 calories. It is absolutely impossible for a pound to appear out of thin air with only 1200 calories consumed. So as frustrating as it is to see on the mean evil scale, I know that I didn’t really put on a pound.

Your body is constantly changing the amount of water kept in your system. Evidently today, my body chose to hang on to more than normal. Not sure why as my sodium intake was normal yesterday. Who knows, maybe stress.  The visit to the emergency room might have stressed me a bit (still appears everything will be fine with my sister).

There is also another explanation for the mystery gain. Muscle gain. I’ve been riding the bike for 8 days. I am definitely using muscles that have been unused for years. The more I ride the more those muscles will increase. At the end of the day, it is much better to have muscle than fat, but it can be frustrating on the scale.  You are losing fat but putting on muscle which keeps the scale from moving down giving you the false sense that things are not working.

You are losing weight. It just isn’t showing up on the scale. Don’t get discouraged at these times. This is why you should measure yourself when you start the diet. Even though the scale may not move each week as you lose fat and add muscle, your measurements should decrease.  I’ve never broken out the measuring tape, but this is a tip that many people take advantage of. It can give you peace of mind when the scale isn’t moving.

Just keep in mind that even when doing everything right, sometimes the scale will not move in the direction you want it to move. Most of the time that is nothing more than a change in water retention, but it could also be an increase in muscle if you are working out. Don’t get discouraged when this happens. Just look back over what you ate the day before and if your meal plan was good, then the weight gain isn’t real. Just water so don’t pay attention to it.

Many people suggest weighing once a week to avoid the frustration of daily fluctuations. This comes down to personal preference. I have more good days than bad so I would rather see daily drops than waiting a week but it does open you up to some grumpy days when things don’t move the way you want. 😀

Bike Riding Update

None. Yesterday was my day off. 😛

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow

The Grumpy Man


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  1. Plus muscles actually retain water weight after being worked out… like for 24 hours afterward… which is why I never lift weights the day before a weigh-in!
    I’m glad things are OK with your sis… and yes, stress could have been your culprit as that can raise your blood sugars and it’s virtually impossible to lose weight when your blood sugars are too high.

  2. I wish I knew how to convince you that there are much more sensible ways to lose weight than not eating healthy fruits and vegetables. Eating a sensibly balanced diet is the way achieve natural health for a lifetime, not just a minute on the scales. And it will keep you healthy and less prone to stress and illness. Plus it’s mango season right now, and boy are they yummy! When you’re ready, we can share some healthy recipes!

    • And I wish I could convince you to read the new data that shows fat is not unhealthy. I also wish I convince you to learn more about Atkins to see that you can eat vegetable. I’ve eaten more vegetables in the last year than the previous 6 combined. I also wish I could convince you that 1 full year is not just a minute on the scale. I further wish I could convince you that a person that needs to lose 150 pounds will never accomplish this just eating a balanced diet. They have to restrict their calories no matter what and a balanced diet will take a person years longer. Once you have learned the recent data and more than just negative propaganda I would be more than happy to share Atkins recipes with you. 😀

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  3. I would be willing to bet that it’s muscle 🙂 Keep working hard!

  4. I wish I could say it was muscle that made me gain 10 pounds int he last four days (yes, I really did!) but I know that it is a combo of fat and water b/c I’ve been eating too much of the wrong foods. I’m sure that weight gain will disappear soon and the scale will start moving down again for you. I hope your sister is OK.

    • Thanks. She is doing much better. A gain that big is some weight and lots of water.

      I gained 10 pound over Dec 24-25, the dropped most of it to only gain it back Dec 31-Jan2.

      I ate a lot of food and tons of salty stuff. It didn’t take me too long into January to get back down, so I am sure you will be able to knock it off. 😀

      • LOL, you crackle me up! I do need to “knock it off” in more ways than one! 🙂

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