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KEEP_GOING247 Posts: 2,350
2/19/12 10:43 P

Thank you all for the encouragement and advice. I have taken the batteries out of the scale, put it away and have decided to just keep going (tracking calories and exercising) and learn to feel good about my efforts. Again, thank you all.

JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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2/19/12 12:49 P

Seems like this is a common concern for so many. Losing weight when one is over weight is great, but becoming fit is much more important. As one will understand as they learn more, muscle does weigh more than fat and as one does more strength training, they will gain healthier muscles, therefore gain muscle weight. But that's GOOD, a HARD body is good. Keeping an eye on the scale has to be done with acceptance of what is going on and that there will be times when we not only don't lose some weight, but we may even gain a bit as we have less FAT to burn off. So use the scales sparingly and enjoy the good health even if your "weight" isn't quite where you want it. Eventually one may need to go to a doctor or some other professional that can accurately gauge their body makeup so they can understand what they can actually do to make any changes they are striving for. Or, even, accept where they are at and just enjoy their good healthy lifestyle they've adopted.

TURNERAC Posts: 14
2/19/12 10:14 A

I joined Weight Watchers the day before Thanksgiving last year. I started working out December 12. I've since lost 15 pounds total. That doesn't seem like a lot to me. The scales keep going back & forth. I feel like a yoyo. Total inches lost? 22.5 between all the various body parts. I've been working REALLY hard & it's sooooo frustrating that the numbers don't match. I'm somewhat ocd about the scale & an on it every morning. I feel like I have to because if I don't, and I gain 2 pounds between weigh ins, what is to stop me from gaining another 2 pounds. And then another and another. I work out 5 days a wk, and I pay $40 a month for ww. The longer I have excess pounds, the longer I pay for ww. I don't wanna be a size 10 & still be 200+ pounds.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,437
2/18/12 11:25 P

Adding a lot of muscle tissue when running a calorie deficit to lose weight is difficult, because the body tends to burn protein for energy, rather than creating new muscle tissue.

However, it is pretty common when starting/increasing a workout program for your muscles to retain water, and this increase in your lean mass can lead to little or no change in the scale even as you are burning fat.

However, muscle and water are considerably denser than fat (check
for a great photo of this), and typically this will show up as inches lost, even if the scale is being unco-operative.

If the scale is proving frustrating, put it away, and use the tape measure to track your progress instead.


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2/18/12 7:28 P

I read recently that it can easily take 8 WEEKS of "good" diet & regular ST to really stand up and take notice. -- For that reason, I have "thrown out" scale for the next 3 MONTHS as I focus hard work on ST 3x's a week w/ 30 min of cardio on the alternate days.

For the record, the scale is up, but the clothes are fitting better! (ie. losing "muffin top" and next row in on bra hooks) ...sorry in advance if TMI

JONESINATOR Posts: 1,837
2/18/12 7:00 P

2 things.

1. Water weight. When we tear muscles, we need water and blood to help repair those muscles. The muscles are flooded with the water and blood until the muscle is repaired. This is why you'll feel yourself be "larger" the day of and after strength training. Drinking water while working out increases this feeling.

2. Muscle does not weigh more except in terms of volume: a four by four inch piece of muscle will weigh much more than a four by four inch piece of fat. So while your scale is going up, your measurements are going down - that is GOOD.

You only need to worry if both your scale AND your measurements are going up. If the "weight" stays the same but measurements go down, that's awesome. Remember, weight is just the effect of gravity on our body, and you can "lose" ten "pounds" of "weight" every day - just drink a ton of water, hop on the scale, then pee it all out, then run a few miles, then shower, and voila! Down ten "pounds". But all you did was lose water, not fat! We want to lose fat and ST gets us there SO KEEP AT IT

EASTENDCLAM Posts: 2,760
2/18/12 6:54 P

“Relatively" with 1500 calories, regular exercise and recently added weight training? Your weight will vary day to day, week to week; it's not a linear progression. You're doing everthing amazingly right, Watch, you'll see.

FUSSPOT Posts: 5
2/18/12 6:03 P

Muscle weight, plus good/healthy fluid retention in your muscles as they repair themselves, plus your hormonal cycle, can indeed lead to a 10 pound shift. You might very well be drinking enough water for the first time, i.e. a 16 ounce glass of water is two pounds, and it's two pounds that you need and want in your body.
This is a bit jerky of me because it's not really an answer to your question, but the best thing for you might be to stay off the scale. If you are happy with you and experiencing real world improvements, it might be a good idea to put away the one thing that is arbitrary and that is getting you down and making you feel crummy.

KEEP_GOING247 Posts: 2,350
2/18/12 4:51 P

I need some help to understand this. I have been "good" regarding exercise and relatively good regarding nutrition (between 1300-1500 cal most days) and have recently incorporated more strength training into my weekly routine but it seems as though now the scale numbers are going higher not lower. It is quite frustrating because i have heard of muscle weight when you are strength training etc but about 10lbs more? i have recently gone down another size and know that i am smaller in inches though and my husband is always saying that wow, you must be in "onderland" by now but it keeps going higher. What gives? Its VERY frustrating!

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