Gaining weight during Nutrisystem?

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I have been on Nutrisystem for over 3 weeks. The first 10 days or so I lost approx 10 pounds, however I have stopped losing weight and am even gaining a few pounds back. I haven't changed any thing and I don't understand why I am gaining now. I was at 164 down to 152 now back to 156. Whats up???..

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Your question was: Gaining weight during Nutrisystem?.

I drink over 64 ounces, always have. I haven't really started exercising. I have 5 children and I am always running around cooking, cleaning and playing. It's really upsetting to see not only am I not losing weight but the scale is creeping back up. This morning I was soooo sad. I seriously considered finishing of husbands large bag of m and ms...

Comment #1

While I understand you haven't changed a thing... they question is are you eating everything you are supposed to?.

If you tell us more about what you've been eating the clues may be in there. Also, it if is that time of the month for you you may seem some gain back...

Comment #2

The scale will go up and down and if it upsets you then I suggest you stop weighing yourself. I weigh everyday and I am amused at how the scale fluctuates. I measure myself and look at how my clothes fit rather than depend on what the scale says. If you follow the program you will lose weight. Don't think that you will lose one pound a day and be instantly thin. One pound a week is a good rate and there will be weeks when the scale won't move.

I have been doing this for four months and there are members who have been on the program for years. Mand Ms will not make you happy. Good healthy food will. Love Gail..

Comment #3

You lost 10 pounds in 3 weeks and that's AMAZING! Especially at your weight! SOmeone 245 pounds or higher loses more,.... like me, lost 6 pounds the first week then 3, and 3..

Your body probably thinks you are stuck on a deserted island somewhere and is freaking out and holding onto every morsel you stick in your mouth. RELAX! Just eat everything you are supposed to eat on the plan and keep going. It will RELAX and start letting go of some more weight soon..

Remember though that at 154 ?was it, you won't lose extremely fast...more like .5 or 1 pound a WEEK. SO really, you are like 7 pounds AHEAD!..

Comment #4

I too am discourasged...I just started Nutrisystem and have been doing it for 3 full days with no weight loss...this frustrates me and I am seriously considering sending it back...

Comment #5

Jmkile, 3 days is not enough time to see a difference. This isn't a magic pill that just makes the weight suddenly disappear and will take time. You didn't gain all of your weight overnight and it won't go off that fast either...

Comment #6

May I ask how soon after beginning you saw the first pound drop?..

Comment #7

Sounds like you are off to a great start. Keep going. We all have our up and downs. You body is adjusting to it's new way of life...

Comment #8

AM I readin this correctly?? 3 days and your frustrated already- gosh, it's not a miracle drug, it's a lifestyle. Be serious...

Comment #9

I waited a whole month before wieghing just to avoid the potential disappointment. Well let me tell you, in less than three months I've lost 25 pounds....(and I'm sure the last 25 will NOT drop in the next three months).

Don't be a victim of the scale. If it upsets you to see daily fluctuations, then protect yourself and don't go anywhere near a scale. You've got to care for yourself, the scale doesn't care what you weigh. Be patient, focus and follow the plan. IT WORKS!!!!!!! WATER WATER WATER is the KEY!..

Comment #10

I saw the first pound drop after a few days after starting it. Then it was about a pound a day until last week. I am going to keep trying and putting down the m and m's. Thanks to all who replied...

Comment #11

I haven't change any thing but I started BC about the same time I started to gain weight back. I just stopped taking it a few days ago. ( not because of the weight gain but that my husbands said I wasn't being very nice and had several mood changes) I hope that may have been the cause of some of this...

Comment #12


How much weight is it normal to gain when I use a hormonal method of birth control? While weight gain is a very common side effect of hormonal methods of birth control, how much a woman will gain tends to vary. Weight gain is due to an increase in appetite and easier fat deposition as a result of the increase in hormones. On average, women who use Depo-Provera tend to gain 5.4lbs during the first year of use and 8.1lbs after two years (it is not recommended to use Depo-Provera for more than two years). Women who use the birth control pill gain, on average, about 10lbs during the first year of use. However, these are only averages; some women may gain more while others may not gain any weight at all. Most women find that the weight comes off easily once they have stopped using this type of birth control...

Comment #13

Definitely put down the M&Ms!!!!!!! throw them in the trash!..

Comment #14

I started at 230 pounds. I didn't lose a pound, not an ounce, the first 2 weeks. I stuck strictly to the plan. I drank my water. I moved my tush. I laughed at the mean, evil, lying scale.

I continued to eat healthfully, no matter what. I simply followed the plan. If I weighed at all, it meant nothing, because that sneaky, lying, stupid scale might just be having a bad number day (the scale equivalent of a bad hair day)..

I lost 105 pounds. I've weighed 125 since September 2007..

Ain't no piece of metal gonna get the better of this woman...

Comment #15

I happened across this article when I first started my NutriSystem journey in February, 2006, and found it very enlightening and helpful. I post it here often for others to enjoy. Hope it helps you, too. Pam.

Why Scales Lie by Renee Cloe, ACE Certified Personal Trainer (reprinted with permission:

Weve been told over and over again that daily weighing is unnecessary, yet many of us cant resist peeking at that number every morning. If you just cant bring yourself to toss the scale in the trash, you should definitely familiarize yourself with the factors that influence its readings. From water retention to glycogen storage and changes in lean body mass, daily weight fluctuations are normal. They are not indicators of your success or failure. Once you understand how these mechanisms work, you can free yourself from the daily battle with the bathroom scale.

Water makes up about 60% of total body mass. Normal fluctuations in the bodys water content can send scale-watchers into a tailspin if they dont understand whats happening. Two factors influencing water retention are water consumption and salt intake. Strange as it sounds, the less water you drink, the more of it your body retains. If you are even slightly dehydrated your body will hang onto its water supplies with a vengeance, possibly causing the number on the scale to inch upward. The solution is to drink plenty of water.

Excess salt (sodium) can also play a big role in water retention. A single teaspoon of salt contains over 2,000 mg of sodium. Generally, we should only eat between 1,000 and 3,000 mg of sodium a day, so its easy to go overboard. Sodium is a sneaky substance. You would expect it to be most highly concentrated in salty chips, nuts, and crackers. However, a food doesnt have to taste salty to be loaded with sodium.

The more highly processed a food is, the more likely it is to have a high sodium content. Thats why, when it comes to eating, its wise to stick mainly to the basics: fruits, vegetables, lean meat, beans, and whole grains. Be sure to read the labels on canned foods, boxed mixes, and frozen dinners.

Women may also retain several pounds of water prior to menstruation. This is very common and the weight will likely disappear as quickly as it arrives. Pre-menstrual water-weight gain can be minimized by drinking plenty of water, maintaining an exercise program, and keeping high-sodium processed foods to a minimum.

Another factor that can influence the scale is glycogen. Think of glycogen as a fuel tank full of stored carbohydrate. Some glycogen is stored in the liver and some is stored the muscles themselves. This energy reserve weighs more than a pound and its packaged with 3-4 pounds of water when its stored. Your glycogen supply will shrink during the day if you fail to take in enough carbohydrates. As the glycogen supply shrinks you will experience a small imperceptible increase in appetite and your body will restore this fuel reserve along with its associated water.

These fluctuations have nothing to do with fat loss, although they can make for some unnecessarily dramatic weigh-ins if youre prone to obsessing over the number on the scale.

Otherwise rational people also tend to forget about the actual weight of the food they eat. For this reason, its wise to weigh yourself first thing in the morning before youve had anything to eat or drink. Swallowing a bunch of food before you step on the scale is no different than putting a bunch of rocks in your pocket. The 5 pounds that you gain right after a huge dinner is not fat. Its the actual weight of everything youve had to eat and drink. The added weight of the meal will be gone several hours later when youve finished digesting it.

Exercise physiologists tell us that in order to store one pound of fat, you need to eat 3,500 calories more than your body is able to burn. In other words, to actually store the above dinner as 5 pounds of fat, it would have to contain a whopping 17,500 calories. This is not likely, in fact its not humanly possible. So when the scale goes up 3 or 4 pounds overnight, rest easy, its likely to be water, glycogen, and the weight of your dinner. Keep in mind that the 3,500 calorie rule works in reverse also. In order to lose one pound of fat you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in.

When you follow a very low calorie diet that causes your weight to drop 10 pounds in 7 days, its physically impossible for all of that to be fat. What youre really losing is water, glycogen, and muscle.

This brings us to the scales sneakiest attribute. It doesnt just weigh fat. It weighs muscle, bone, water, internal organs and all. When you lose "weight," that doesnt necessarily mean that youve lost fat. In fact, the scale has no way of telling you what youve lost (or gained). Losing muscle is nothing to celebrate.

The more muscle you have the more calories your body burns, even when youre just sitting around. Thats one reason why a fit, active person is able to eat considerably more food than the dieter who is unwittingly destroying muscle tissue.

Robin Landis, author of "Body Fueling," compares fat and muscles to feathers and gold. One pound of fat is like a big fluffy, lumpy bunch of feathers, and one pound of muscle is small and valuable like a piece of gold. Obviously, you want to lose the dumpy, bulky feathers and keep the sleek beautiful gold. The problem with the scale is that it doesnt differentiate between the two. It cant tell you how much of your total body weight is lean tissue and how much is fat. There are several other measuring techniques that can accomplish this, although they vary in convenience, accuracy, and cost.

If the thought of being pinched, dunked, or gently zapped just doesnt appeal to you, dont worry. The best measurement tool of all turns out to be your very own eyes. How do you look? How do you feel? How do your clothes fit? Are your rings looser? Do your muscles feel firmer? These are the true measurements of success. If you are exercising and eating right, dont be discouraged by a small gain on the scale. Fluctuations are perfectly normal. Expect them to happen and take them in stride. Its a matter of mind over scale...

Comment #16

The beginning is always the easiest, as the loss will gradually diminish in which case you will have to increase your efforts. You must motivate yourself to stick to the plan, and stay OFF the scale. Your weight changes throughout the day, water weight, etc. Just keep up what you did the first week, add in some more excercise, etc...

Comment #17

3 days? Seriously? How long did it take you to gain all the weight you want to lose, really? You have to be patient and I know that is hard when you are hungry...

Comment #18

Thanks PamSB I needed that. I realize that 3 days is not long but from other members success stories I had really anticipated losing at lease 1 pound....My first week is up this Friday and I am keeping my fingers crossed...

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