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5/7/12 10:21 A

You don't generally gain muscle that quickly, especially since you're female. Muscle building is a weeks- and months-long process. It's most likely water weight gain. Weight's not a static number, and it can fluctuate several pounds in a day! Losing weight isn't a linear process, and you can gain, lose, or stay the same week to week.

Have you updated your goals recently? As you lose weight, Sparkpeople doesn't adjust your calorie range automatically. Did you start a new fitness routine? I wouldn't worry overmuch over a one-week gain... if it continues, then you can start looking at tweaking something.

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5/7/12 9:34 A

I am using SparkPeople to help me lose a few extra pounds and just get healthy in general. I have been trying for about 45 days I think, and I was losing 1-2 pounds a week for awhile. This week the scale says I actually gained 2 lbs...I am still eating as I have been when I was losing weight but I have been going to the gym 3-4 times a week for the past month. Could it be muscle weight I gained? Or maybe I'm holding water this week or something. Am I not eating enough? Confused and disappointed to see scale go up when I have been watching and counting everything I put into my mouth including my vitamin supplements.

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