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ZRIE014 Posts: 33,412
8/1/12 9:37 P

it depends on what exercise is and what you are eating. you should drink water before, during and after exercise. you should be selective on what food you eat because exercise does not guarantee that you will lose weight. if you lift weights, you can gain weight because muscle weighs more. best exercise to lose weight is biking and running.

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8/1/12 7:51 P

Actually I have no idea who much water I drink.. but i do know that I hydrated.. I am working on the salt intake.. not always see to check. I have been working out more and more and that might be why my weight is up.. I guess I will know for sure in the next couple of weeks.

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8/1/12 7:08 P

Starting a new exercise, or increasing the intensity of an exercise can cause water retention in the muscles in order to temporarily cope with the increased demands.

Not drinking enough water causes the body to retain water in an effort to survive a water shortage.

Excessive salt intake can cause water retention.

As already mentioned, hormonal changes can cause water retention.

But over time, all these effects should disappear if enough water is consumed (about 8 glasses daily at room temperature; if it is hot, more is needed).

Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 8/1/2012 (19:09)
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8/1/12 6:46 P

I have been avoiding the scale for a bit now and this was the first time in about a month that i got back on the scale. So I was very surprised, but actually if I think about it. My weight has been about the same.. I did have some heavy eating days in July and I am sure that didn't help. I am close to my TOM. I am on the pills that last for 3 months and then I get my period. And I have 3 weeks until then. So maybe this is water weight. i am sure that I will find out at the end of the month if my weight goes down more.

I also take an antidepressant. I have often thought about how much my medications affect my weight and eating habits. But I am going to keep working on this and tracking my food and working on from here on out. I have too.. I just have too.

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8/1/12 3:32 P


How long since you've noticed this "gain". If the gain is recent, it's probably nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycles. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

During my cycle, I can typically gain 5-7 pounds. Because of water retention, I've had single days when I've gained 3-4 pounds. I don't let dramatic spikes on the scale like that bother me anymore because it temporary.

So, don't assume something must be wrong because the scale went up. it really isn't unusual to see a gain in the scale when a person starts a weight loss program. it's just water weight.

Now if you've been slowly gaining weight over the last few weeks and you haven't changed your eating habits, are you on any medications ? Some medications can cause a person to gain weight when they are eating right. Birth control can cause water weight gain.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,917)
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8/1/12 2:48 P

Don't listen to that "muscle weighs more than fat" thing... for starters, muscle weighs the SAME as fat. ;) Muscle is more DENSE than fat, but that's not the same thing. It's very difficult to add muscle weight while eating at a deficit. While those people mean well, it's inaccurate to say that a plateau can be caused by gaining muscle weight. That just doesn't work.

Basically, weight loss is about what you eat... not how you workout.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 8/1/2012 (14:49)
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8/1/12 2:26 P

I am pretty good and really tracking my food. I use my measuring cups and I need to get a new food scale. I wasn't able to get the one that I had working right. It was a pain to use. I am going to go out this weekend and get som new sports bras and I will look at the food scale too. Yeah Target. I have been tracking my food again for a day now.. and I have bee working out for months. I just hate hearing from other people that muscle weights more than fat.. blah blah blah. I would like to see the number go down.. And I know I am burning more than I eat.

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8/1/12 12:19 P

How long have you been doing this? It can take up to 6-8 weeks for a new lifestyle change to show up on the scale, especially when you're adding exercise. In fact, if you start exercising to lose weight, it's very common to see a slight upward shift in your weight as your body adapts to the new demands you've placed on it! It's normal, it's temporary, and it's NOT FAT.

Here's an article that will explain what's going on with that:

Now that we've got that out of the way, let's talk about nutrition. Frankly, watching what you eat isn't enough. :) That means different things to different people, but most of the time, it means you're doing stuff like avoiding junk, eating more vegetables, etc. That's AWESOME, and a great first step. However... it's not enough! In order to lose weight, you have to eat less than you burn through daily living added to exercise. If you don't get your nutrition under control, you won't get ahead of it. You can't out-exercise a bad diet!

Are you tracking your food? I mean really tracking, not just guessing and entering it into your tracker. Most people really, really suck at eyeballing. Only 11% of Americans actually know, accurately, how much they eat. Break out the measuring cups and scale (if you don't have a food scale, get one, they're invaluable, and inexpensive) and KNOW what you're eating. Track every morsel, every drop. CAlories add up FAST, faster than you realize!

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8/1/12 12:08 P

Ok so I am back to using the spark people system. it has worked for me in the past, and eating on my own with just working out is not working. So, now that I am working out again and watching what I eat I have found that I actually gaining weight and not loosing. I know I need to take my measurements.. and I am going to do that tonight since it is the 1st of the month. But how do i get over this weight gain thing and keep going.. GRRRRRRR!!!!! and why am I gaining weight?

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