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2/10/13 5:06 P

Be cautious not to eat too little as that can stimulate the growth hormones. Just read about the Gherkins and Leptide hormones to understand how you eat or how little you eat, stress, and lack of sleep can cause you to gain weight. Exercise can be a stress your system. Your body expects life to be consistent, but when you make rapid change it gets out of rythm.

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2/10/13 4:57 P

But don't stop drinking lots of water. Watch what your eating, make sure your getting enough good fats, avocado, almonds, garbanzo beans. To make up for what your body may burn when gymming it.

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2/10/13 4:38 P

I tend to weigh more when I exercise more--it seems to be mostly water weight or increased muscle mass. If you keep at it, you'll probably eventually see the difference in either your clothing size or that number on the scale will move down!

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2/10/13 2:16 P


What you're experiencing is perfectly normal. As Coach Jen noted, when a person exercises intensely, their muscles soak up water like a sponge. This is what they are supposed to do. Your muscles will release any excess water they don't need once they've adapted to the new routine.

And well, ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to "gain" weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope. it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days. I can easily gain or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of water retention.

Remember, there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. Even though there will be days the scale doesn't move, that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. You didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight.

Don't worry ! You really will see many ups and downs on the scale as you lose. That IS perfectly normal.

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2/10/13 1:46 P

Don't give up. Keep on working at it. Make sure you are logging what you eat so that you can take a good look at what is going into your body. Sometimes we have more of something (ex. sodium) than our body needs and that we may not realize. This can affect our weight. emoticon

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2/10/13 1:23 P

Another way of looking at it (and not using that dreaded phrase)... I've been at the same goal weight for almost two years now. This winter I swapped out some cardio minutes for more strength training. Result? Still the same weight. Disappointed? Not in the least. Calculating % of body fat shows that number is decreasing. While those online calculators can be inaccurate, if you use the same one the relative % change will be consistent.

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2/10/13 1:12 P


Any time you start a new exercise program, your muscles tend to retain water. It's a temporary thing, but can cause an increase on the scale like you're describing.

As long as you are tracking your food carefully and staying in your recommended calorie and nutrient ranges, I'd say you're still on the right track.

Hang in there!

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2/10/13 12:54 P

That happens from time to time. Just dig in and make a few adjustments. The exercise is the big thing. Once you get a solid muscle base you burn calories easier.

I remember once when I first started a program I gained weight right away. People were lining up to tell me "muscle weighs more than fat." Now this may be true but I know that I did not develop muscle in two days that would attribute to the weight gain. Sometimes it just happens. Sodium intake can cause it, hormones can cause it and not accounting for small ... indiscretions can cause it.

You will lose weight if you are putting in an honest effort. It's science!

Don't be discouraged. What are the options? Step up your efforts. Get discouraged and quit. Keep doing what your doing. OR Track Track Track, stay off the scales and give yourself more time. You can do it!

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2/10/13 10:31 A

Hi everyone,

I have been eating well and exercising hard for the past 3.5 weeks. I initially had a three pound weight loss however i am now up four pounds and I really don't know what is going on

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