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MAPFARMS SparkPoints: (116,366)
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3/28/14 1:15 P

I have been going through the same thing, it was very frustrating for me. So I put the scale away for a while and I am just concentrating on how my body is getting stronger and how much better I feel. If I focus on fitness and healthy eating the rest will follow.

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3/27/14 1:14 P

Like another person said using a tape probably is a better gauge. You will be getting muscle build up in your legs as you run which will weigh more than the fat.

Good luck on your journey.

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3/27/14 10:28 A

Just a quick thought in addition to what the others have said about water retention, but have you adjusted your caloric requirements to account for the increased activity level? I read you've adjusted your goals but wanted to make certain you had upped the daily cal. requirement as I had something very similar happen a couple weeks ago when I started back at the gym after losing 17ish lbs through diet only. After gaining a couple pounds I looked closely at my new caloric requirements (which I thought were correct) compared to my actual intake and I had to add a couple hundred calories a day to account for the added gym time to prevent my metabolism from going into "starvation mode". I've seen the magic number of minimum calories mentioned as 1200 so if you are close to that I'd think about trying to add 100-200 more for a week and see what happens. Once I did I started to see the numbers start creeping down again but it seemed very counter intuitive to have to eat more to keep losing. It could easily just be the water weight but I figured I'd toss that out there. Congrats on the 15! emoticon

DISCDOG Posts: 2,668
3/27/14 6:22 A

Congrats on the 15 pounds.

It's true that beginning a program can cause cells to hold water. But by a month I think things would have settled.

My advice would be to double-check on calorie tracking/counting. Make sure you're weighing EVERYTHING to the gram. And don't count on any source to be accurate in "calories burned." They just aren't. Even heart rate monitors, even bodymedias or fitbits.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,437
3/26/14 7:42 P

Totally agree with the other posters - it is completely normal for your muscles to retain water when you start/increase an exercise program. This increase in your lean mass can show up as an increase in the scale, even while you are burning fat.

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. The tape is actually a much better means of tracking your progress than the scale.


DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,271)
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3/26/14 6:25 P

This is totally normal, and a part of your body's plan for adapting to the new demands you've placed on it. Explanation here:

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

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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3/26/14 5:26 P

When starting (or restarting) an exercise routine some temporary water retention is common. It will come off in about 4-6 weeks.

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3/26/14 5:21 P

I took a LONG break from exercising over the winter, and tracking calories for that matter, but got back on the calorie tracking in January and successfully have lost about 15 lbs.

At the very beginning of March, I took up running again after that long break, and have been running 3-4 times per week at a high intensity for the last month.

My concern is that I seem to be gaining weight, even though I tracking calories AND burning off 1000+ calories per week via exercise. I've adjusted all my goals and things to accurately account for the amount of exercise I'm doing, and while I occasionally go over my daily caloric budget, it's not by much and it's rare. I'm just not sure why I've put back on 5 lbs since I started running again.

Any help would be appreciated!

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