The Silent Pounds

The silent pounds are the pounds we gain when we eat unhealthy over a period of time, and this can just be a matter of days. At first it looks like our bodies can handle it without a negative result. Then all of the sudden we are up 5 lbs. Many fall off on the weekends. I want to encourage you if this is you to make sure on Monday you immediately correct this and eat clean for several days. It can take a gain three days to show up on the scale and the creep begins to happen and its too late to catch it. This is really for all 3 phases but happens most frequently in p3 and p4 when we are less disciplined. If you know you have had some trouble foods or too much alcohol and wake up but scale is relatively the same do not be fooled. The creep of the scale and fat will show up down the road. If you consistently eat processed foods or sugars or even drink alcohol on a regular basis it has a way of sneaking up on you. Before you know it you are up 5-10 lbs from LDW. I see this often when lifestyle does not match goal weight.

You have to chose. You can adjust your weight to fit your lifestyle and allow the extra 5-10 to be there or you can correct it asap and eat clean for several days. What is eating clean? I consider eating clean as a high protein vegetable day. I cut out all fruits, all dairy, all fiber and anything else I have added into my menu like Greek Yogurt, nuts, beans or other starchy foods. If I have had an off protocol weekend my menu first thing Monday will look like this.

3-4 Eggs
3 Slices of Turkey Bacon

Tuna Salad
Bed of Greens


Egg Salad or
Steak and Eggs
Bowl of sauteed spinach

Then the next day I will mix in new proteins and veggies but will still avoid any dairy and or starches for up to 3 days. This will give you a good cleanse and correction. In the past when I have been on vacation for a week or more I usually come back +5 lbs and this can be attributed to the consistent eating and drinking of things I do not normally have in my diet.

Consistency is the key to success. Consistency can work for you or against you. If you consistently make good choices you will consistently have good results, but if you consistently make bad choices it will show up on the scale even if it is not immediate. We all want to take it off but you need to keep it off by making smart choices and knowing how to correct when you are off your normal eating pattern.

The only fats I consume on this day would be from oils for cooking and butter.  I do not intake any other fats.


  1. Carolyn Questad on January 24, 2012 at 10:00 am

    oh..thanks..that was so helpful to see a menu…. I will get right on it… you described me perfect.. but not so much with processed food as with sweets., extra bread..etc… still we like to travel and social eating hurts… i should bring more my food along…

  2. Beth on January 24, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I thought I would have to do another round of the diet to get the extra weight off

  3. Sussi on January 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Yep.. Vacation, food, fun and alcohol and I’m up 5 lbs and a pants size. Sigh. When one does this ie ‘clean eating’, do you use olive oil on salad? mayo in tuna or egg salad?  eggs in butter? or do you limit fats as well?  Thanks, Susan

  4. Dodigr on January 28, 2012 at 9:37 am

    perfect timimg!  We have had unusually extreme weather and my food choices went from better to worse after being unable to leave our home for over a week, and then constant running for quite a few days has also played into the mix and not eating enough calories.  i did a correction day of chicken only yesterday, but did not start eating until around 3pm so I only lost .6 lbs. 🙁  Thanks for this blog post!  

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  6. Terri Caruso-Cafiso on July 9, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Hello, is this something that really works? And can i try this ?

    • admin on July 9, 2014 at 10:13 am

      In p3 – I would send me your menus and lets review and get things on track

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