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drnat Rookie 1 posts since
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Mar 31, 2011 9:16 AM

Is it normal to see weight gain before seeing weight loss?

I have a client who is having trouble losing weight.  I calculated her calorie needs and increased her calorie intake.  She is 69 inches, weighs around 180 pounds.  She was only eating 1300 calories a day and I upped it to around 1700 calories a day.  That way she would lose about 1 pound per week.  Since increasing her calories she as gained weight over the last 2 weeks.  Is it normal to see weight gain before seeing the weight go down when increasing calories, since the body isn't used to that amount yet?  

  • Jonjon Pro 58 posts since
    Dec 27, 2010

    It is not at all uncommon to gain weight, especially early in a diet. With a sudden drop in calorie intake, the body can go into a "starvation mode" and try to build fat, anticipating further calorie reductions. I think that you correctly increased her intake to 1700 calories, and that should help with the starvation reaction. It is counter-intuitive, but eating more can mean losing more, too.


    Good luck to your client!



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