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SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
2/25/13 6:55 P

@DAWNLOGA: That is amazing and inspiring. What a testimonial that some of the most important victories have nothing to do with the scale. Now that your insulin has become more stabilize, I bet that weight will really start coming off. Keep up the great work!

DOLLY1259 Posts: 401
2/25/13 6:47 P

emoticon I'm glad this topic came up. Whenever I exercise I get so hungry that I eat more calories than I am allowed! When the scale moves up, I get upset at first but then I remind myself that I am on a long journey and I have seen improvements in my mobility and the way I feel. Keep positive! We are all on the same road

Edited by: DOLLY1259 at: 2/25/2013 (18:49)
HEAT04 Posts: 116
2/25/13 3:56 P

I have increased my workouts and maintained my calories, but the scale is the same. This week is my TOM so I know I'm extra frustrated about it than I was last week. Hormones!!

Hang in there! I feel your pain!!

LISAN0415 SparkPoints: (9,164)
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2/21/13 3:50 A

Thank you for the answer to this question!

I have seen a weight increase too from starting an intense strength training routine, I know I have been eating well, and as Archimedes said, I am not eating 3,000 or more extra calories to gain 1 or more pounds of fat!

This was very helpful!

IGNACY SparkPoints: (0)
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9/6/12 8:58 P

I gained a pound this week and was very bummed! I have been working out consistently and eating well. I did have Chinese food last Friday, but I limited myself and watched my portions, I was so proud of myself. I know that I have to stay with it. I agree that during my menstrual cycle I do gain water weight and don't even bother to weigh myself that week. I don't want to obsess over the scale so I will wait another week or so to weigh myself again. I DO feel incredible by working out and have noticed a change--my jeans are getting loose around my waist. Hang in there!

DAWNLOGA Posts: 242
9/6/12 8:35 P

I hear you loud and clear! And I'm right with you. My scale goes up, then down, the up, etc. I don't even put in in my tracker anymore. But since I've been exercising and tracking my food, watching what I eat, I have been taken off insulin! The scale doesn't show it, but the numbers for my A1C, triglicyrides, cholesteral - they all show it.
The scale moving down definitely motivates me, but if I want to stay off insulin, I'll keep doing what I'm doing, no matter what the scale is telling me.
But I do understand the frustration. Keep up the good work!

ELLIOTT311 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/5/12 4:55 P

It is possible that you are building lean muscle which might be the cause of the slight weight gain. Are you weighing in at the same time each time? Our weight fluctuates throughout the day, so making sure that we weigh in same time and same day is a must.

BRITOMART Posts: 8,156
9/4/12 3:03 P

Buckeye, you don't mention what/how you are eating...losing weight is more about food than about activity when push comes to shove.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,121)
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9/4/12 2:40 P


As Coach Nancy noted, what you're experiencing is perfectly normal. It's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is this a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

If you recently increased the amount of exercise you do, that's another reason you'd be retaining water even though you're drinking water. When you work your muscles intensely, they soak up water like a sponge. This is what they are supposed to do. Your muscles will release any excess water they don't need once they've adapted to the new routine.

There are many other reasons a person could see their weight go up even if they are eating right and exercising. In short, it really is normal to see your weight go up and down. In order to truly gain 3 pounds of fat would have required you to have eaten an extra 10,500 calories. if you know you didn't eat that much extra food on top of your normal intake, then you know you didn't gain fat.

one pound of fat = 3,500 calories.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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9/4/12 10:50 A


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.

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.

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

BUCKEYEBABE614 Posts: 13
9/4/12 10:08 A

I am very frustrated! I have been working out 5 days a week for the past 3 weeks and have gained 3 pounds. What gives? I drink a minimum of 2 liters of water everyday. ugh!

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