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GAINED a pound?!?!?!?!?

Friday, July 29, 2011

WHAT?!?!? I GAINED a pound after swimming so much and eating only the right amount of calories? What kind of world do we live in where we do all the right things to LOSE weight but then GAIN weight instead? GRRR IM SO ANGRY!!!
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BADASSBLONDIE 7/29/2011 7:22PM

    It's possible that your weight is up due to water retention due to increased exercise. Or you might not be eating enough for the amount your swimming - make sure you've entered your intended calorie burn in your "fitness goals" so that the nutrition tracker can act accordingly. In any case, take it one step at a time and WTG on rocking your swimming AND eating this week!!!!

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BREWMASTERBILL 7/29/2011 7:45AM

    When was the last time you weighed? Daily fluctuations have little do with permanent weight loss. It is simply fluid. Some days you expel more fluid than you take in, some days less. If you consider that 2 cups of water is one pound and if you're drinking 8 cups a day, it doesn't take much retention or release to shift a couple of pounds in a relatively short period of time.

I try to weigh myself every single day at the same time (right after I wake up) and record that measurement. I take the average weight and plot it along a line. If the line is moving in the right direction, I'm good. If it's in the wrong direction, I need to change something.

Getting overly excited or depressed over short term gains/losses is silly. Unfortunately, it prevails a lot around here and causes a lot of unnecessary emotions and irrational hatred of the scale. The scale gets a bad rap around here, but it shouldn't. Most people just don't know how to use the tool right.


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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/29/2011 7:10AM

    dust yourslf off and begin again....today! smile emoticon

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GERMTURTLE 7/29/2011 7:10AM

  Weight fluctuates all the time, but you're probably replacing some lost fat with muscle. Swimming doesn't put on muscle like weightlifting, but it's going to add some - especially if you're just getting into doing it regularly.

You mentioned your stamina had increased - that's likely because you're replacing fat with lean muscle.

The good news is you'll look better and feel better even if it doesn't get reflected on the scale, and as a result you'll be able to handle the exercise you're putting in. The weight loss will come.

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