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DRAGONCHILDE
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1/18/13 7:57 A

I bet he does know a ton about weight lifting! I am not a doctor, for certain, but I do have a link or two that can help explain what I mean. The lactic acid thing is fairly recent which is probably why your husband doesn't know! Heck, I believed that myself until the last year or so when the experts here kindly corrected me. A couple of resource for you to check out!

www.nytimes.com/2006/05/16/health/nutritio
n/16run.html?_r=0
www.active.com/mountainbiking/Articles/It_
s_not_about_the_lactic_acid__Why_you_r
e_still_sore_after_yesterday_s_ride


And why you gain weight after starting exercise:
www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe
rts.asp?q=68




KIMZEE71
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1/18/13 7:48 A

Dragonchild, my husband has been lifting weights for over 20 years. He is very knowledgeable and in much better shape than the rest of us. He was just offering some advice and since I doubt you are a doctor you probably cannot 100% say either.



SP_COACH_NANCY
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1/17/13 11:41 P

Hey Guys,

Let's remember the community guidelines...to keep things positive.

Thank you!

Coach Nancy



DRAGONCHILDE
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1/17/13 11:38 P

"My hubbies says that when you are running and using your muscles, you build up lactic acid which can result in an initial weight gain. I find this to happen when I start w/ weights. Hope this makes you feel better!"

No disrespect to your husband, but he is completely wrong. :) Lactic acid buildup is very old school thinking. It';s usually cleared out of the muscles with an hour or so after your workout.

The expert there has the correct response. It's water retention, not lactic acid.

Also as a side note, it's too soon to build muscle significant enough to affect your weight. That takes months, or even years!



SP_COACH_NANCY
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1/17/13 9:38 P

Hi,

Running or any endurance activity for that matter is a catabolic (or muscle wasting) activity vs strength training which is an anabolic (muscle building) activity. Therefore you don't gain muscle mass from doing endurance sport. That being said, this is why you should also do a combination of endurance and ST activities.

When you start running your muscles demand a greater amount of fuel in the form of glycogen (or stored carbohydrates) to help with energy production. When you store more glycogen you also store more water--for every gram of carb you store you store 3-5 grams of water---this is to help aid in energy production and the cooling off process of running. When you quit running for a time, your body does not need the extra glycogen so your body does not replenish these stores so you don't store the water either.

It can take several weeks for your body's system to settle in, but when you increase your training it is not unusual to see a gain. This is not a 'fat' gain--unless you are eating more calories than your body expends--but just a shift in fluids due to the extra glycogen.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy



KIMZEE71
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1/17/13 9:24 P

My hubbies says that when you are running and using your muscles, you build up lactic acid which can result in an initial weight gain. I find this to happen when I start w/ weights. Hope this makes you feel better!



H0KIE_GIRL
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1/17/13 9:16 P

Muscle does weight more than fat so could that be part of it of course - but you also have to think about the "shock" you're giving to your body. A lot of people gain weight the first couple of weeks when they first start exercising because the body wants to hold hostage all the calories you're eating in order to compensate for the lost since its not use to it. Once your body realizes its fine - you then start burning those calories.

Does this happen to everyone? No, and some people experience more weight gain than others - but many have posted on here about it happening so I wouldn't worry and just keep pushing yourself.



RUNNING_MUM
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1/17/13 9:13 P

Just a curious to see if anyone put on weight as they started to run?

It happened to me last time, it took about three weeks of consistency for the weight to start dropping.... then I had a running break and now, I started again two weeks ago and the weight is coming back, not much but still is! I am still eating within calories

I am not really that worried because I just want to improve my fitness and I know weight loss will happen.

But does this happen because of muscle gain in your legs?



 
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