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DLAK813 SparkPoints: (1,450)
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7/16/12 8:06 A

Thank you for confirming what I instinctually knew but questioned as it related to my scale....I always see a pound or so increase after a good strength training session and the number always would play with my head. Although I know logically it is just water (and is what my body needs), emotionally and psychologically it stinks!

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6/12/12 1:18 P

Thanks so much! I have been wondering the same thing. I've been increasing my water intake by 2 glasses a day each week. I started out drinking 2 glasses a day the first week, then 4, then 6, and now I'm up to 8. The first week I weighed myself I was at 163. The following week I dropped to 161. Then I started gaining and/or holding each week. I don't have a scale at home right now, so I have to use the one at the gym. I go to the gym anywhere between 10am and 12 pm. So I've already had breakfast and quite a bit of water. I think the reason I've gained and/or just not lost on the subsequent weeks because my body is still adjusting to the change in how much water I'm drinking. I know this must be true because I have to go to the bathroom every 15 min for a few hours early afternoon once I've finished drinking all the water. So after next week, when I reach my 10 glass a day goal, and stop increasing, hopefully it will start to regulate and I'll be able to see some true depictions of the healthy changes I'm making. I'm eating healthier, drinking a lot less soda and frappicino's, and working out daily (although I did skip 2 days while I was on vacation). I know these changes are going to make loosing weight easier, but I have to be patient with myself.

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6/2/12 4:12 P

Thanks so much!

Jen

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6/2/12 3:15 P

Jen,

What you're experiencing is perfectly normal. the "weight" you've gained is nothing more than your body retaining the water you've begun to drink. As your body adjusts to your increased water intake, it will adjust itself and release any excess water it doesn't need.

In short, this is perfectly normal. It's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that will pass in a few days. Ever notice you gain weight during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. is that a fat gain ? Nope, that too is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

This too shall pass once your body adapts. no need to worry.



Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 6/2/2012 (15:15)
JMOYERTA SparkPoints: (11,896)
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6/2/12 1:16 P

I seemed to have gained weight not from exercising but from just beginning to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Has this happened to anyone else? If so, at what point will I be seeing the benefits of drinking all this water?? (besides the obvious ones of clearer skin, more energy). Will my body eventually be releasing this water?

Thanks,

Jen

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4/5/12 1:08 P

Abby,

Even if you "gain" weight the day after exercising, it's still nothing more than water retention. When you work your muscles intensely, the fibers soak up water like a sponge. This is perfectly normal and what they are supposed to do. Your muscles will release any excess water they don't need once they've recovered from the exercise. And yes, that could take a few days.

In short, what you're experiencing is perfectly normal. I can easily gain 3-4 pounds in a day. In past, I would have let that freak me out. Not anymore because I know it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.



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4/5/12 12:57 P

I guess I shouldn't have used the word "immediately." I actually meant the day after. But points well taken, thanks Archimedes!

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4/5/12 12:47 P

When you exercise, do you drink a lot of water ? If so, that's why you're "gaining" weight after you exercise. The physical weight of the water you drink is what causes the scale to go up.

You shouldn't be weighing yourself after a workout. Will you lose weight ? Sure. If you exercise and not drink any water, any weight you lose will be from sweat. You'll gain the weight back the minute you start drinking water.

The only way for a person to truly lose one pound of fat in a day would mean they have to exercise for SEVEN hours ! This assumes that if they workout for an hour and burn 500 calories each hour, that will give them a deficit of 3,500 calories.

one pound of fat = 3,500 calories. That's why Spark People deficits the amount of food you eat by 500 calories. This assumes that if you eat 500 calories less each day, then in seven days that would give you a deficit of 3,500 calories or one pound of fat.

Try not to weigh yourself so frequently. Unless you're working out for several hours a day, you will not lose one pound per day. If you do gain or lose a pound from day to day, it's merely a fluctuation in your water weight. I can prove that water has weight. First thing in the morning, before you go pee, weigh yourself. Then go pee. Did you lose weight ? YES. Did you lose fat ? NO !

This is not the Biggest Loser. You're not going to see a dramatic change in your weight in so short a time unless you do happen to be able to exercise for 4-6 hours a day like they do on the Biggest Loser. Weight loss really is a slow steady process that takes time.


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4/5/12 12:39 P

I seem to gain weight immediately after exercising -- whether it be cardio or strength training. Does this happen for anyone else, is it normal??

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