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Between yesterday and today the scale says I gained 3 pounds. How can that be?

It’s enough to make you want to throw that scale into the nearest trash compacter, isn’t it? But the scale isn’t the problem -- it's our own bodies, particularly the digestive track. Ideally you should be having two “number twos” per day, says Alicia Stanton, M.D., author of "The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hormonal Weight Loss." If you’re not, consider why. Are you routinely scarfing down a sandwich while battling rush hour traffic or sipping a smoothie while searching for Junior’s lost homework assignment? “Stressful eating slows down the digestive process because it diverts all the blood away from your intestines, where you need it to absorb your food,” says Dr. Stanton. “So you could have a colon full of food that’s not moving through because you’re so stressed out.” And food that lingers will add pounds on the scale.

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