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My understanding of the flush effect is that it is as a result of exercise. Basically your muscles hang on to extra water to conduct repairs and then flush out what they don't need. I have no idea if the sudden switch to healthy eating would exacerbate that effect. There's some stuff on the MyFitnessPal discussion forum about this.
I'm usually quite healthy but have had a pretty unhealthy few months and have put on half a stone. After a crazy drinking / eating / late night couple of weeks I have started eating very clean again from Boxing Day. No sugar, very little gluten, no alcohol, 3 healthy meals a day. Lot of exercise (but that's not unusual). The sort of eating I do when I put on a few pounds to get me back down again. But I haven't lost anything and have actually put on a couple of pounds! It's been a week now. I am on day 2 of period so could be something to do with that but I don't think I usually put on weight with my period.
I'm sure I have read something that said when you start eating healthy your fat cells hold on to the fat for a short while before doing a "flush". Does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about with this and any link to a discussion on this?
Very disheartening when there's tons of chocolate everywhere that I'm not eating!