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AOKRUW SparkPoints: (0)
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9/26/12 3:56 P

Thanks for your encouragement.

DAJODU Posts: 46
9/21/12 3:47 P

Aside from what others are saying, you can also gain water-weight based on what you eat. If you eat "low fat" foots that are high in sodium, your body is going to retain a lot more water. I can weigh in on day, and the next I can have gained or lost as much as 3-5 lbs.

PAPAMIKIE SparkPoints: (48,308)
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9/21/12 12:40 P

Yes in fact a pound of fat and a pound of muscle weight the same, however, the volumn of a pound of each is different. That is no doubt the intention of KMOMA2's comment.

However, it takes considerable time and effort to build up an additional pound of muscle or do eliminate a pound of fat. It is not typical for a person do develop significant muscle mass in weeks or even months. The real cause of weight gain when starting to exercise is typically water retension. It is typically not generations of muscle mass.

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9/21/12 12:26 P

No KMOMA2 I'm sorry it doesn't

"Muscle is more dense than fat. Muscle does not weigh more than fat, since 5 lbs. is 5 lbs. For example, a 5 lb. bag of potatoes weighs the same as a 5 lb. dumbbell. However, 5 lbs. of potatoes is much bulkier than the dumbbell. The same goes for fat and muscle tissue. The fat tissue will take up more room on your body while muscle will take up less. That's why muscle looks better on your body."

Edited by: STDWYNWEN at: 9/21/2012 (12:27)
KMOMA2 Posts: 649
9/21/12 8:58 A

Muscle weighs more than fat

NELLIESUE2 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/21/12 8:34 A

Great question! So glad you asked because I have the same thing going on! I knew that building muscle had something to do with it but I did not know about the water in the muscle. Thanks!!! Makes sense!

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9/21/12 7:13 A

I agree with Papamikie - it is a common response for your muscles to retain water when you start/increase an exercise program. This increase in your lean mass can lead to a short term increase in your overall weight, even as you are burning fat. In the longer term, you can expect you ongoing fat loss to outstrip this one-off gain.

However, muscle and water are significantly denser than fat, and typically this will show up as inches lost, even if the scale is being unco-operative.

The tape is a much more reliable means to track your progress than the scale.


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9/21/12 4:52 A

it is typical for you muscles to retain water when you start working them. It is not uncommon to gain weight in the first few weeks of a new exercise program. There is nothing to get worried nor discouraged about. For some people this does not happen for most it last a week or two for some it will take a month and a half.

During this start up phase you just have to have a bit of faith in the process and that your body needs to make some adjustments.


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9/21/12 4:16 A

I'm by no means an expert on this stuff, but weight can fluctuate throughout the day. For me, personally, I see fluctuations up to 5lbs on any given day/time.

Someone else will probably come along with a better explanation, but for now--even though it is discouraging--just don't let it stop you from continuing to eat right and exercise! :)

AOKRUW SparkPoints: (0)
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9/21/12 3:12 A

hello, can any one explain to me how come I gained 1 lb the first week of execising and eating right. It was discouraging.

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