Weight Gain After The Diet

If I only had a nickle for every time I’ve come across this question!: “I’ve been maintaining okay for X weeks/months, but I just weighed myself and I’ve gained 3 lbs! I haven’t done anything different! I’m scared I’m going to gain all the weight back! What’s going on?”

First and foremost, RELAX!

Second, (brace yourself): I don’t know. In fact, no matter how many nickles you throw at them, no nutritionist, dietician, or doctor would claim to know what’s going on. They could guess, perhaps, and offer suggestions for more (or less) protein to fat ratio, more (or less) frequent meals, drinking more water, cutting out snacks, etc. – but those are all (you guessed it) – guesses.

Unfortunately, there are no “one-size-fits-all” answers to maintaining one’s weight, especially if you’ve been maintaining your weight for an extended time. It’s impossible to troubleshoot a gain like this.


Any diet or maintenance regimen you follow should always be based upon REAL food, not shakes, mixes, or meal replacement concoctions.


I’ve never seen one approach for weight maintenance that works for everyone; so many other factors come into play: stress, biology, exercise, age, gender, sleep, etc. …in general, LIFE. I’ve found a sensible approach to weight in Gary Taubes’ book Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It, David Kessler’s The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, and Michael Pollan’s Food Rules and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.

What I know is that you can use these spikes in weight as a cue to reflect on your lifestyle, choices, state of mind, etc. For example, you may find that you haven’t been as thirsty, so your water intake has decreased (preventing you from flushing out extra waste), or you’ve been unusually busy/stressed, etc. Other than that, understand that precious few people maintain the exact weight every day.

So, What To Do About Post-Diet Weight Gain?

Perhaps weigh yourself every week, to avoid undue stress over a completely normal fluctuation. If you see an upward trend, then you can make an informed choice.

Chances are, eating the good food you’ve grown accustomed to during the weight loss phase (Phase 2 and Phase 3A and 3B) of the HCG Diet, along with staying hydrated will take care of things.

Also, give those books a try – or others that may sound promising. And be sensible enough to accept that ANY diet/maintenance regimen you follow should always be based upon REAL food – not shakes, mixes, meal-replacements, etc.

Real food. Exercise. Moderation.

Those are the foundations for healthy living.

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4 Responses to Weight Gain After The Diet

  1. DanielM says:

    My pleasure! Weight gain after the diet can get awfully dicey, causing folks to panic. The moment someone gains — even though this is entirely normal (as no one stays exactly the same weight day to day, except my brother-in-law, who is obviously an alien from planet ThinTron) it’s time to take a step back and methodically analyze the gain.E.g., “Could it be because of the wine I had with dinner? Or the wine PLUS the dessert?” It doesn’t mean swearing off these foods, just being aware that, if you consume them both, you’ll gain the next day. So, good to know. The response is to “back off” a bit from your carbs, etc. the next few days and ACTIVELY MANAGE your gain.
    Compare that to, “Well, darn. I gained. And tomorrow I have a dinner party. And they’ll have yummy food there, so I guess I’m doomed.” This isn’t the mindset that will keep the weight off. No one forces you to eat certain foods. You are not a helpless victim.

    It takes an emotional goal to keep us on track. Once that’s in place, everything else becomes simple. (I said, “simple” — which doesn’t necessarily imply “easy”).

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    • DanielM says:

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  3. Carly says:

    Thank you so much for this information! I did the HCG protocol 2 years ago and I’ve been able to keep the weight off for the most part, but it’s very stressful knowing that I could eat the exact foods 2 days in a row and have my weight remain the same on day one, then jump by more than 2 lbs. on the second day. My diet has not changed very much and I eat a lot more vegetables and drink over 64 oz of water every day and a lot less processed food now, but like you said it’s natural for body weight to differ from day to day and it’s almost like a knife to the gut when I wake up and my weight has gone up after working out and eating well the day before. I think weighing myself each week is a lot less stressful and I will be a lot less panicked especially when I have a function to attend and I can’t eat or when halfway through my steak and apple day I get lightheaded and dizzy and have problems functioning in class.

    Again, thank you so much for this information. I’ll sleep much better tonight and not be on edge when I wake up tomorrow morning.

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