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    I have been on PB for 11 days and before starting I was on a 7 day water fast....so after the fast I started PB and now am on day 11..I have gained 3.8 pounds since starting PB...I am working out..kettlebell, sprints, tabatas..and am keeping my carbs around 20 to 40...so what am I doing wrong? I know my cycle starts in 1 week...could that be it?? Any comments will be helpful
    Thanks,
    Mona Lisa

  • #2
    I have not been doing this for long either (30 days), but I do know that my 1st cycle (and only so far) since starting, I gained like 5 pounds the week before it started.
    "Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

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    • #3
      What, exactly, is involved in a 7 day water fast?

      My guess is that your weight was "artificially" low because of that fast when you started, and that your body's response to having good fuel is to load up on it. I would simply give it more time for your body to find equilibrium - you (I guess) went from no fuel, which would make your body eager to store up reserves, to good fuel, which makes your body plenty happy - remember we are designed for efficiency and to store as much potential energy as possible. As your body readjusts to good fuel, it might start letting go more, as the "danger" of starvation has passed.

      And of course, yes, your cycle could be partly responsible.

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      • #4
        No offense, but after 7 days of not eating, wouldn’t you expect some weight gain once you DID start eating? Even if it was good primal food? Also, given what you’re doing as far as workouts, it’s entirely possible that at least half of that is muscle.

        Your post is full of red flags, in 11 days you’ve done tabatas, sprints, kettlebell work… sounds like a little too much. I’m going to assume you haven’t read the book or the website in depth. I suggest you start. Welcome to the forum!
        I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by primalmonalisa View Post
          I have been on PB for 11 days and before starting I was on a 7 day water fast....so after the fast I started PB and now am on day 11..I have gained 3.8 pounds since starting PB...I am working out..kettlebell, sprints, tabatas..and am keeping my carbs around 20 to 40...so what am I doing wrong? I know my cycle starts in 1 week...could that be it?? Any comments will be helpful
          Thanks,
          Mona Lisa
          in bold
          Starting Date: Dec 18, 2010
          Starting Weight: 294 pounds
          Current Weight: 235 pounds
          Goal Weight: 195 pounds

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          • #6
            Iniquity...I have read the book and I think its kind of rude for you to imply I havent. As far as my workouts go..they are spread out I'm not doing all that in one day...and as far as the water fast..it was for healing purposes and even when I came off the fast and was eating primal I was losing...and I may be off on my days..I been on PB more like 15 days.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by primalmonalisa View Post
              Iniquity...I have read the book and I think its kind of rude for you to imply I havent. As far as my workouts go..they are spread out I'm not doing all that in one day...and as far as the water fast..it was for healing purposes and even when I came off the fast and was eating primal I was losing...and I may be off on my days..I been on PB more like 15 days.
              I didn't mean it as offense, the desperation in your original post is what made me think you may not have read the book. I suggest giving the whole process more time, and can almost guarantee that you will not steadily gain weight on a primal diet. Best of luck.
              I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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              • #8
                You may want to post a day or two of menus so that we can make sure what you are eating is really primal. PB is not a miracle diet, so time and patience (and adherence) are key. Common mistakes for newcomers are too much dairy, too many nuts, too many primal treats.
                True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen, not in Washington. ~Anonymous
                The worst carrot is better than the best candybar.--TornadoGirl

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                • #9
                  Yeah, you were just regaining the weight you lost during the fast (and no, a 7 day water fast is not healing). I'd be worried if you hadn't gained weight! Plus, 3.8 lbs isn't even significant - my weight normally fluctuates by about 5 lbs based on how much food is in my stomach, where in my cycle I am, how high my carb intake has been, and if my muscles are recovering from a hard strength training session. Keep it up, and stay off the scales for a while.
                  The Primal Holla! Eating fat. Getting lean. Being awesome.

                  You were sick, but now you're well, and there's work to do. - Kilgore Trout

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                  • #10
                    I hope nobody tries to offer up solutions for this. Sorry to be harsh, but whoever does is just letting the OP carry on with her notion that ANY weight gain is inherently bad, and fueling her neurosis and possibly pushing her to do too much too soon.
                    I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                    • #11
                      It's probably worth posting Batty's famous "for my fellow grokettes" thread:
                      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread15208.html
                      The Primal Holla! Eating fat. Getting lean. Being awesome.

                      You were sick, but now you're well, and there's work to do. - Kilgore Trout

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                      • #12
                        You might want to go have a body fat composition test done. It gives you a good solid number of how much lean weight you are carrying. My weight loss has been stalling again while I get either smaller or bigger (heh muscles in my arms and shoulders and thighs, whodathought?!). But my pants are fitting loosely and sadly, I have to go buy a new bra because this one is too big now. But my weight just keeps hovering in the same damn place. So I have another body fat composition test next week to see where that has dropped to. Less jigglies all over me and my pants are doing that awful old man baggy pants hanging off my belt thing but my weight just hovers in the same damn place.

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                        • #13
                          After 7 days of water only any food ingested would lead to water retention. Any salt in the after fast foods can increase the water retention.

                          It seems to me that you may have disordered thinking. Primal is a lifestyle. It is not a quick fix diet. Follow the rules--all of them, make healthy choices daily and let things play out over time.

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                          • #14
                            The last time I did an extended fast I dropped 19 lbs. and gained back about 10 of that over the course of the 3 weeks following the fast. From what I understand, that is typical.
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                            • #15
                              Thank you for all the helpful comments and to the ones that were rude or just not informed when it comes to fasting..please don't respond if you are not familiar with long term fasting. There are many books written on fasting and it's healing effects on the body...now if your going to fast longer than 7 days please get medical supervision. I know that there is a level of weight that is gained back after a fast...and I know that muscle weighs more than fat..I was a big lifter a few yrs back. I am new here and would have liked more respect and understanding from some of you senior members..anyway...thanks to the ones that were helpful.

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