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NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
2/21/13 6:32 A

Hi Lisa,
My experience: in the first 2 months of working out, this happens about 80-90% of the time after a really hard workout. Thereafter, only about 30% of the time - I think in my case my body just decided to hold onto the excess water in a semi-permanent way so the fluctuations aren't as noticeable. And then if I stop working out for a week, I drop 3-4 lbs without doing anything differently, but it doesn't really show up visibly or in my clothes.

For it to be visible in the mirror, I would think your body fat would have to be pretty low like under 18%.

Edited by: NAUSIKAA at: 2/21/2013 (06:33)
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2/21/13 4:32 A

It's actually a pretty common response from starting/increasing a workout program for your muscles to retain water.

Almost certainly this is what you are seeing.


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2/21/13 3:46 A

A few days after really hard workouts, especially with weights, I will see a 1-3 lb increase in the scale, and I know it's not 1-3 lbs of muscle, and I also know I haven't eaten more to cause a 1-3 lb weight gain of fat, so I was wonmdering if anyone else's body does this to them too?


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