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So I happened to notice that the ten lbs I dropped while I was out and about for twelve days this August is steady and that brought up, along with a thread where some one was planning on bringing MRE's to the Grand canyon, food for trips and what the results were post trip in terms of weight.

So what's other's experiences? Stay the same, probably indicating you carried just the right amount of food or did you lose or gain weight probably meaning you carried and ate too much or not enough?

Oh and did anyone else notice a change when everything started to have to fit in a (apologies Wild Ideas) (&^$$^%^& bear canister ?
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I've been losing weight sadly. I have an issue consuming 3k calories a day so im sure thats part of it. But I figure I counter it with stopping in a town and stuffing my face with a greasy double cheeseburger or two once a week.

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Used to stay same, and be totally stuffed after dinner each night.  A couple of years ago I started cutting back the portion sizes, so that on our last two week-long trips the DH and I each lost about 5 lbs.  That's weight we can afford to lose, and we weren't uncomfortably hungry during the trips.  So far, I've regained about 3-5 of those pounds each time, after a couple of months, putting me right back at the pretty fit weight my body seems to like (I'd not mind staying a little skinnier, but it would require staying hungry more, and I'm not into it).

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I do not seem to be able to pack more than about 2000 cal a day over a week trip, but manage to expend 4000-5000 per day, so I lose about 1# a day for every day out.  I lost 8 #s on my recent week long trip, and kept it all off for 5 days before seeing it begin to creep back.  

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I'm a loser also on most trips. I can eat about 2000 cals per day on a trip but we all know we use way more than that.

The first two days back from a trip I'm constantly hungry and eat like a pig.


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From my experiences, if I do not lose weight from hiking it is due to not eating and drinking enough while putting your body into stress mode. I did a 33 mile solo hike in 48 hours with 2,500 elevation differential and a 35lb pack. I actually gained two pounds with a caloric intake of under 2,000 calories. I just turned 40. I am 6ft tall at about 12% body fat. The other reason for gaining weight would be all of the sodium in the MRE packs. I know I can gain 3lbs just by retaining water from increased sodium intake. After a good nights rest at home, I instantly lost 5lbs over night with a bf of 11%. If the hike goes longer than three days, I lose 2lbs a day. My body can only stay in stress mode for so long. By night three I crash hard regardless of the presence of bears, ax murders, or equipment thieves.

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I only do 2-5 day trips these days and if I lose weight it isn't much.   On long trips greater than 2-weeks where I'm essentially living on the trail I lose weight until my body goes into EAT mode.

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7 Days in the Winds.  Started at 188#, finished at 181#.  3 weeks later I'm at 179.  I gave up soda since returning so that's helping me maintain.   178 is my ideal..

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