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VALVERY
Posts: 104
4/12/12 2:55 A

Thank you both so much for the response! It has helped me a lot, especially getting a grasp on the science of it. I am on week three and this is the farthest I have gone. This helps keep me motivated.



MOTIVATED@LAST
Posts: 14,054
4/11/12 6:49 P

It is a common response when starting/increasing an exercise program for your muscles to retain water. This increase in your lean mass can lead to little change, or even an increase, in the scale even as you are burning fat.

This is not muscle tissue in the sense of the red fibery stuff (hence your trainer's comments), but it is lean mass, and does help your body perform better.

However, muscle and water are considerably denser than fat (check www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=quiz_how_
much_do_you_really_know_about_fat
to see a great photo of this, and typically this will show up as inches lost, even if the scale is being unco-operative.

The tape is often a much better means of tracking your progress than the scale. And if you haven't been measuring yourself to date, have you noticed your clothes fitting better?

M@L



SP_COACH_NANCY
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Posts: 46,222
4/11/12 5:10 P

Hi VALVERY,

Our weight is not a static number, but more like a vital sign. Just like your blood pressure, heart rate and body temp will vary throughout the day, same is true with your weight. Because our bodies are largely made up of water (the fitter we are the more water we retain), any deviation in our diet, hydration, workouts, even hormones can lead to a shift on the scale.

Know that all changes within the body must begin at the cellular level...all the way down to the fat cells need to release the free fatty acids, to the muscle cells making bigger and more numerous mitochondria-these are the organelles within the cells-to give us energy.

It isn't uncommon to see a slight upward shift in weight when we start exercising, or add a new training regimen and eating better. For one the muscles are making more mitochondria which allow for extra glycogen-stored glucose in the cells- therefore, your body hangs on to more water to help with the cooling off process for exercise and for helping process energy. Your muscles will also have an increase in blood volume in order to have better availability to oxygen and removing waste, especially lactic acid. These things coupled with eating higher fiber foods, such as fruits and veggies can show a gain, when in all reality it is just a shift in fluids.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy



VALVERY
Posts: 104
4/11/12 5:04 P

This is my 5th time around on his weightloss/exercise/diet change ride and each time I've been two weeks in, my motivation plummets. This time, however, my motivation continues out of sheer curiosity to see if it's something that I can do. I've been keeping with the 28-day boot camp regimen, and staying within my calorie limits, lots of veggies, the whole nine yards. The problem? My weight hasn't gone down...in fact, it's gone UP!

WTH????

So, when I mention this, the most common response is "you're building muscle mass" blah blah blah, however, when I was enrolled in a Body Conditioning class, the instructor told me that it is impossible to build that much muscle mass in such a short period of time and even when you do, it's only a few pounds (and she was a body builder, too). So I'm confused. Anybody out there in SparkLand have any clues as to WHY my body is doing this or help dispel this Muscle Mass issue?



 
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