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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,438
2/23/13 6:46 A

Yes, it is very normal for your muscles to retain water when you start/increase working out.

This can lead to little change (or even an increase) in the scale, even as you are burning fat. This isn't really muscle (it is hard to add muscle mass while running a calorie deficit to lose weight), but it is lean mass.

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

I'd definitely recommend using the tape to track your progress - it is a much more reliable measure than the scale.


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2/22/13 2:57 P

This has been me this week... I have been doing the biggest loser bootcamp and the darn scale has been going up but I feel great and my jeans on really lose. I started to look on here to see if it was normal when you strart to workout to see a gain and the answer i found was YES (sad to say) I keeping hearing from people to pay attention to the way your clothes are fitting before the scale. To me this is easier said than done. Keep doing what you are doing and you should start to see a change on the scale too (now if I can remember that for myself)

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2/22/13 11:10 A

When I started in the weight room I lost inches before the scale moved at all.

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2/21/13 10:42 A

This is totally normal, and temporary:

I just started exercising to lose weight, but I've gained weight. Why did this happen?

You aren't gaining muscle. Building new muscle mass is very difficult for women, and takes months or years, and a calorie surplus. Not a few days and a calorie deficit. When you're eating at a calorie deficit (As most of us losing weight are trying to do) the most you can hope for is the preservation of the lean muscle you have, although you CAN improve its quality.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/21/2013 (10:43)
JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
2/21/13 10:25 A

After beginning a new exercise routine it can take up to 4-6 weeks before your body begins to adjust. During that time your body IS burning fat; however, your muscles are retaining more water. Thus, you may seem to gain a little weight, especially since you're doing a lot of ST in those workouts.

It's unlikely that you would be gaining that much muscle so soon. A normal woman gains about 1 lb of muscle a month doing moderate ST. Therefore, you haven't gained that much muscle weight, your body is retaining water. Do not worry. This is normal.

Continue to track everything and remember this is a journey.

Weigh once a week at the most. Get out the tape measure and measure inches once a month. Take pride in the progress you are able to feel...the better endurance and strength.

KML429 Posts: 653
2/21/13 10:18 A

If you have experience with the Insanity fitness program or anything similar, PLEASE answer this question. Is it common to gain weight before seeing any numbers go down on the scale? The number started going up and this is my fourth day. I feel stronger and have more energy. I've been doing mostly walking and cardio for about a month before I started Insanity. The scale didn't go up like this until I added in more resistance and strength training. I improved my eating habits and I track everything. I hope its just muscle weight. In my experience, I tend to build muscle quickly, especially in the lower body. Should I just not weigh myself often (maybe once a month) and use a tape measure? I took a before pic to track progress but it won't motivate me until I see the results in the pics to come. I just need something for motivation and the scale is not it right now... :/

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