Extra fluid retention is common when beginning an exercise program. Your muscles will retain fluid (glycogen stores) for muscle repair and energy stores. This will often mask fat loss on the scale. If you are losing inches, you are losing fat. Scale weight (total weight; fluid, fat, muscle, tissue, etc) is not always the best indicator of your progress.
It takes a long time to build muscle... especially on a calorie deficit (ie: while losing weight). Building muscle typically requires a calorie surplus. Losing fat requires a calorie deficit, they tend to be opposing goals. Although it is not impossible to gain muscle while you're losing weight. Most people can only hope to maintain the lean muscle they already have. Most adults can only achieve a gain of 5-10 lbs of muscle per year (under the right conditions, incl. a calorie surplus) for women, this gain is usually on the lower end because we lack testosterone (and relative to size) and the ability to build muscle (per pound) at the same rate as our male counterparts. So this shouldn't affect your weight loss.
More likely what you are experiencing is this fluid gain I discussed earlier. When you work out heavily, the best way to measure your progress would be by having your body fat percentage evaluated at your gym, monthly.
Are you paying attention to your daily/weekly calorie deficit? Are you accurately measuring your food intake (food scale, measuring cups/spoons, etc.)? What is your TDEE and your calorie intake? What is your activity level (outside of exercise)?
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/25/2013 (08:38)
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"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. If you don't want to get bulky, lift heavy!
I can bench Nicole Richie, eat more than she does in a day before noon, I have a good 20 lbs on her but could still wear her pants.
All that matters is that you be the healthiest you, you ca
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