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11/23/12 8:05 P

Yup, this is very common. In fact, my jeans and calf-high boots often fit poorly for a few hours after I get back from a long run. You might see less water retention once your body is more used to exercise, but even then, you might find that a particularly strenuous workout will still cause you to register a "gain" until your muscles recover.

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11/21/12 12:17 P


If you recently started working out, it's not unusual to see a gain in the scale. What you're experiencing is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. When a person exercises intensely, their muscle fibers 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 your new routine.

Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to "gain" weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, that too is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days. There are many other reasons the scale could go up that have nothing to do with the food you eat.

Not knowing anything about you or your eating habits, I would say that your 7 pound gain is nothing more than water retention. That really will pass in a few days. As you lose weight, you're going to see many ups and downs on the scale. And that's perfectly normal.

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11/20/12 11:53 P

The exact same thing happened to me. I started a new weight lifting workout and gained 5 pounds the first week and another 5 pounds the second week. I was getting very discouraged, but I noticed that I felt stronger and my clothes were feeling looser after a few weeks even though I only lost 5 of the 10 pounds. I figured I was gaining muscle. I haven't given up yet and it's been about 9 months. I love the energy that I have and the fact that I can do so much more during the day than I could at the beginning of the year. So don't give up on exercise - it really does help in the long run! Good Luck!

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11/20/12 11:41 P

Unfortunately you haven't provided much information to work with so I can only go by possibilities.

It is possible (probable) that part of this is fluid being retained in your tissues. My understanding is that with exercising, (particularly when new to it), this is quite common.

What was your eating like before? Some people come on here and then find that they have actually been UNDEReating for quite some time.

When you weighed yourself it may have been that the before and after weights were different times of the day (I could gain a lot more than that in the course of one day :-( ; different times of the month; different clothing on; one immediately after visiting the loo and the latter not having been. (I know from experience that that act alone can make a significant impact on our weight - LOL!)

I am sure that with good portion control, eating within your calorie range and the appropriate amount of hydration and exercise, you will be well on your way before too long! People often fluctuate with their weight while on their journey. Going 2 steps forward and 1 step backward isn't necessarily a bad thing. It still leaves us 1 step ahead of where we were!

Take care and good luck!

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 11/20/2012 (23:42)
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11/20/12 10:54 P

I have recently started working out again and eating healthy and I have noticed the scale went up 7 pounds. It is very discouraging and I started working out again this weekend. in a few days I have gained that much. is it from lack of water? will it go away eventually? thank you for anyone that can help.

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