It is not uncommon to see a little rise, on the scale, when you first start out. The muscles need extra fluid to recover after exercise, and also depending on what you're eating (for example salty food) you could be retaining some water. Or it could be hormones, most women gain and lose some water "weight" through their monthly cycles. Also (and this may be TMI) if you're not used to eating a lot of fruit and vegetables, the extra fiber can slow things down some, until your digestive system gets used to it. So try not to be discouraged-- trust the process, and it will work.
In the beginning, it can seem very time consuming to do all that tracking. You can set up your Favorites and some Groupings though, and that makes it go faster. For example, I have the various Breakfasts I usually eat, set up as Groupings. Instead of entering each individual thing every day, I just click on the particular Breakfast I'm eating, and it adds everything all at one go. Personally, tracking my food has been the single most helpful thing with my weight loss.
As for adding more calories every day-- choose a few more calorie-dense foods here and there throughout the day; you can swap out some things that aren't as calorie dense, and still eat the same volume of food but get a few more calories in it. Nuts are very good for you and you don't have to eat very many at all-- easy to add a few to your salad. Saute your dinner vegetables in a little olive oil. I think exactly what you do, would depend too on whether you're hitting your minimums on carbs, protein, fat-- if you're low on protein every day, for example, you could add in an ounce of chicken to your lunch-- not a lot of food, but it boosts your protein and calories for the day.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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