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MSUNEK Posts: 165
4/14/11 2:13 P

I say muscle! Ignore the scale and maybe increase your water emoticon

LOSINGITALL100 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/13/11 1:45 P

You really want confusion?

There have been weeks - more than one (not in a row, thankfully) that I have binged at least once, sometimes 3-4 times a day, every day, for the entire week.

And I LOST weight!!!

Go figure.

The scale is not your true indicator. You say you feel energized and you feel skinnier - do your pants fit looser? Then you're doing a good job!! Forget about the number.

CRYSTALGL77 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/12/11 3:17 P

I stayed the same this past week. I was kinda disappointed because I exercised all week! I did something every day! I think it may be muscle but I am not sure! I will keep trying though!!

Crystal emoticon

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4/12/11 12:26 P

There is a good chance it could be muscle, especially if you feel thin. When I went to Basic Training in the Army I lost 6 inches off my waist and gained 15 lbs. Don't get to down about it and start measuring more body parts like your arms that could be where the weight is coming from... and that would not be a bad thing.

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4/12/11 11:10 A

I always gain weight when traveling. I especially have a problem if I travel by air and don't drink alot or go to other states or countries. Just hang in there. You'd have to eat alot to gain two pounds of non water weight.

READY2ROCK206 Posts: 500
4/12/11 2:40 A

Some days the scale doesn't play nice. It isn't always our friend. If you have more energy and feel good then forget what the scale says that day. Go with how you feel and don't let anyone - or anything - even your scale - tell you how to feel.

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4/10/11 8:07 P

I totally understand how you feel! I did that same thing last week and I got really discouraged! I exercised everyday last week and stayed the same! I didn't lose or gain anything I am still don't know why but I am looking up from here and moving on!


4/10/11 6:59 P

It could be anything. You said you are more energized, so that is great! Just think of all the muscle you are building from cardio and strength training! Way to go keep up your great work!

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4/10/11 12:54 P


Don't worry !! Your weight is not a static number. You will see many ups and downs as you lose. And that's perfectly normal. There are many different things that can cause the scale to go up that have nothing to do with your healthy habits.

Ever notice your weight goes up around TOM ?? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? No, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

If you recently started exercising, that can cause your body to retain water. Why ? Your muscles soak up water like a sponge when they've been worked intensely. this is what they are supposed to do. Your body will release any excess water once it has adapted to your new exercise routine.

If you eat foods that are high in sodium, excess salt can also cause you to retain water. Water has weight. And if you retain water, that can cause the scale to go up. That doesn't mean you did something wrong.

It's a normal weight fluctuation. I can easily "gain" 3-4 pounds in a day !! It's not fat. it's nothing more than water retention.

So, don't worry... these kinds of fluctuations in the scale really are normal.

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4/10/11 8:37 A


Our immediate actions may take several weeks to show up on the scale, so hang in there.

Our weight is not a static number, but more like a vital sign. Just like your blood pressure, heart rate and body temp will vary throughout the day, same is true with your weight. Because our bodies are largely made up of water (the fitter we are the more water we retain), any deviation in our diet, hydration, workouts, even hormones can lead to a shift on the scale.

Know that all changes within the body must begin at the cellular level...all the way down to the fat cells need to release the free fatty acids, to the muscle cells making bigger and more numerous mitochondria-these are the organelles within the cells-to give us energy.

It isn't uncommon to see a slight upward shift in weight when we start exercising, or add a new training regimen and eating better. For one the muscles are making more mitochondria which allow for extra glycogen-stored glucose in the cells- therefore, your body hangs on to more water to help with the cooling off process for exercise and for helping process energy. Your muscles will also have an increase in blood volume in order to have better availability to oxygen and removing waste, especially lactic acid. These things coupled with eating higher fiber foods, such as fruits and veggies can show a gain, when in all reality it is just a shift in fluids.

I wish you well!

BECKYM0420871 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/10/11 8:16 A

I was hoping someone might be able to give me some explanation for my weight gain this week. I have stayed within my calorie range everyday this week except for yesterday because I was traveling, but I did not make bad choices. I have been alternating running and strength training everyday and I GAINED!!! Is it water weight, muscle? I feel really good! More energized, I'm motivated and I feel skinnier! I'm so confused and could use some words of encouragement!

Thank You!

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