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    weight gain on phase 3 please help!!!

    So I've been on P3 for a few days now now. My LIW was 122.0. A few days later and I'm now at 123.6. I know I'm still within the 2 lbs range but I have been steadily gaining .2 lbs for the past few days and it will eventually add up! I'm doing everything right as far as I know.... The only thing I can think of is that TOM started today so perhaps it's been water retention. Here is my meal plan:

    breakfast: quest bar OR all natural high protein greek yogurt with strawberries
    lunch: 5 oz lean protein, broccoli
    dinner: 5-7 oz lean protein, apple, 10-15 almonds (sometimes dark chocolate coated).

    Please help!!

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    Fat! Fat! Gimme some fat! Otherwise I'm going to hangon to every bit and store it.

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    Are you eating fats? As stated, they are very needed. Quest bars? Do those have any grain like most bars? Or sugar? If so, they would be a no-no. Are BM's normal? Do you normally gain in TOM? Chill... Stress does not help and you have not hit the 2 lb line. I know that it is hard to hear, but stress does not help. As you increase food, you will see a slight, temporary gain. Good luck!

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    On the plus side, you're still within your 2lbs.

    TOM could have you retaining some water, of course.

    I tend toward being a little gun shy when it comes to entering P3. To me, if you've only been P3 for " a few days", adding Quest bars, yogurt, two fruits, almonds (and dark chocolate) would be out of the question. To me, that would be too much too soon, in the matter of a few days. Quest bars are definitely unlike other protein bars, ingredient-wise, but I'm not sure which flavors you're eating. Some of them might have ingredients that aren't completely agreeing with you. The almonds covered in chocolate might be an issue (a lot of chocolates used in coating things have things like soybean oil, soy lecithin, and added sugar).

    Aside from that, I'd question whether or not you're getting QUITE enough calories and fat.

    Then again, how long is "a few days"? If it's still really early on, your body might just be responding to physically having more food in it (by volume), which should right itself in a matter of days.

    Quote Originally Posted by azk View Post
    So I've been on P3 for a few days now now. My LIW was 122.0. A few days later and I'm now at 123.6. I know I'm still within the 2 lbs range but I have been steadily gaining .2 lbs for the past few days and it will eventually add up! I'm doing everything right as far as I know.... The only thing I can think of is that TOM started today so perhaps it's been water retention. Here is my meal plan:

    breakfast: quest bar OR all natural high protein greek yogurt with strawberries
    lunch: 5 oz lean protein, broccoli
    dinner: 5-7 oz lean protein, apple, 10-15 almonds (sometimes dark chocolate coated).

    Please help!!

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    Hm that's true. I might try adding more calories soon.

    The chocolate almonds and Quest Bars have never given me problems before so I assumed they wouldnt this time either but idk... Maybe I did add things in too soon, compared to my last round :/ I just felt reallyyy deprived at the end of P2

    It's my 6th day today to be exact

    Quote Originally Posted by AimMee View Post
    On the plus side, you're still within your 2lbs.

    TOM could have you retaining some water, of course.

    I tend toward being a little gun shy when it comes to entering P3. To me, if you've only been P3 for " a few days", adding Quest bars, yogurt, two fruits, almonds (and dark chocolate) would be out of the question. To me, that would be too much too soon, in the matter of a few days. Quest bars are definitely unlike other protein bars, ingredient-wise, but I'm not sure which flavors you're eating. Some of them might have ingredients that aren't completely agreeing with you. The almonds covered in chocolate might be an issue (a lot of chocolates used in coating things have things like soybean oil, soy lecithin, and added sugar).

    Aside from that, I'd question whether or not you're getting QUITE enough calories and fat.

    Then again, how long is "a few days"? If it's still really early on, your body might just be responding to physically having more food in it (by volume), which should right itself in a matter of days.

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    There are so many great things about this protocol... But one not-so-great thing? Things that you've never had trouble with can creep up and start giving you trouble. It sucks a LOT. I've never in my life had trouble with almonds.... But last round I couldn't eat 10 of them without putting on 1.5lbs. Obviously that wasn't physical weight gain, but likely inflammation from a sensitivity to them. Yet, when I took them out at that point and re-introduced them in P4, they were fine. *shrugging* It's so weird, but that's just the way it happens for some of us.

    Completely randomly - I have had scads of friends RAVING about Quest bars for some time. After my gastric bypass surgery years ago, I can't stomach protein bars and most protein drinks. Most of them are disgusting and I got completely burned out on HAVING to do them for so long. So with all these people just gaga over Quest bars, I finally looked them up. They look incredibly versatile and, dare I say, yummy. I posted a photo of them on Instagram last month, asking if they were really as good as I keep hearing, and guess what? Quest responded to the picture by telling me to email them and they'd send me samples! Surprise! Of course, I was dead in the middle of P2, so when my double chocolate chunk and cinnamon roll bars got here, all I could do was stare at them and daydream. Heh. I haven't tried them yet, I'm only on day 3 of P3, so I want to clear almonds before I jump into one of the bars. But I'm SUPER excited about them.. And if they turn out being as great as people say, I'll probably start buying them by the box and using them as the occasional "treat".

    I felt totally deprived at the end of P2, too - even though I didn't have an appetite. I feel like I've eaten more food in the past two days than I have in the past two months (which is scary, since I was loading less than two months ago). That's the thing that scares me, always, about P3. It's not that I won't be on protocol - I'm POP 99% of the time and especially in P3 because it's so critical - but I worry that I'm going to get too excited to be able to actually eat again and just physically eat too much by volume in the beginning. So far, I've apparently avoided that. And now that I'm a few days into being able to eat again, the urge to eat everything in sight is slowly subsiding. Hooray!

    Anyway, back to you - If you are staying within your +/- 2 pound range, I honestly wouldn't worry about too much. If you go above it, I would take out the last thing or two you added to your diet for a few days (and do a steak day), and see if you can get back on track. But most of all, I would add more fat into your diet. Judging from what you originally posted, you're probably not getting quite enough as is. Good luck!

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    I would not eat Quest bars in P3. You should be eating REAL food not processed stuff.
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    I've had to give up Quest bars and carb rite - they're too good and get me back where I started from. Occasional treat my foot.

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    Yeah they are sooo delicious! Try microwaving them for 10-15 seconds and they taste so good! My favorites are cinnamon roll and choco chip cookie dough. They taste like cookies lol.

    Yeah I also love the feeling of being able to eat more than 3.5 oz of meat. It's the best feeling! Lol

    I will try my best to increase the calories while still staying in the list of allowed foods. its tough

    Quote Originally Posted by AimMee View Post


    There are so many great things about this protocol... But one not-so-great thing? Things that you've never had trouble with can creep up and start giving you trouble. It sucks a LOT. I've never in my life had trouble with almonds.... But last round I couldn't eat 10 of them without putting on 1.5lbs. Obviously that wasn't physical weight gain, but likely inflammation from a sensitivity to them. Yet, when I took them out at that point and re-introduced them in P4, they were fine. *shrugging* It's so weird, but that's just the way it happens for some of us.

    Completely randomly - I have had scads of friends RAVING about Quest bars for some time. After my gastric bypass surgery years ago, I can't stomach protein bars and most protein drinks. Most of them are disgusting and I got completely burned out on HAVING to do them for so long. So with all these people just gaga over Quest bars, I finally looked them up. They look incredibly versatile and, dare I say, yummy. I posted a photo of them on Instagram last month, asking if they were really as good as I keep hearing, and guess what? Quest responded to the picture by telling me to email them and they'd send me samples! Surprise! Of course, I was dead in the middle of P2, so when my double chocolate chunk and cinnamon roll bars got here, all I could do was stare at them and daydream. Heh. I haven't tried them yet, I'm only on day 3 of P3, so I want to clear almonds before I jump into one of the bars. But I'm SUPER excited about them.. And if they turn out being as great as people say, I'll probably start buying them by the box and using them as the occasional "treat".

    I felt totally deprived at the end of P2, too - even though I didn't have an appetite. I feel like I've eaten more food in the past two days than I have in the past two months (which is scary, since I was loading less than two months ago). That's the thing that scares me, always, about P3. It's not that I won't be on protocol - I'm POP 99% of the time and especially in P3 because it's so critical - but I worry that I'm going to get too excited to be able to actually eat again and just physically eat too much by volume in the beginning. So far, I've apparently avoided that. And now that I'm a few days into being able to eat again, the urge to eat everything in sight is slowly subsiding. Hooray!

    Anyway, back to you - If you are staying within your +/- 2 pound range, I honestly wouldn't worry about too much. If you go above it, I would take out the last thing or two you added to your diet for a few days (and do a steak day), and see if you can get back on track. But most of all, I would add more fat into your diet. Judging from what you originally posted, you're probably not getting quite enough as is. Good luck!

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    Yes I've cut out the quest bars for right now. It's too bad since I really like them

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    You need butter, bacon, steak, avocado, and other naturally fatty stuff. Not lean meat and salads like we usually diet on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herefishy View Post
    You need butter, bacon, steak, avocado, and other naturally fatty stuff. Not lean meat and salads like we usually diet on.
    I completely agree. Cook your steak with bacon or in butter. When I eat hot salsa I mix it with sour cream to temper the heat, and that would be really yummy with steak or chicken, or on top of scrambled eggs. You don't need lean meats now, so choose the fattier ones and dark meat chicken, and fattier fish. Grammy says to keep up the fruits, because too few carbs may impact your thyroid, so be sure to keep some fruit (or lots of tomatoes) to get the carb count up. I try to stay around 30 in P3, but 50 is good for most people. . .not that you have to count, but you don't want too much fruit sugar either, from what I hear. HTH

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