Many people either gain a little weight or don't see any change on the scale for as long as 4-6 weeks after making a significant change in their level of exercise. When you start doing more exercise, your body begins storing more fuel in your muscle cells, where it can be used easily and quickly to fuel your workouts. The process of converting glucose (carbohydrates) into fuel that your muscles actually store and use (glycogen) requires three molecules of water for every molecule of glucose. As your muscles are building up glycogen stores, your body has to retain extra water for this purpose. That's what causes most of the initial weight gain or lack of weight loss. This is a good thing—not something to worry about.
However, despite what the scale says, you are actually losing fat during this time. The extra water retention will stop once your body has adjusted to its new activity level. At that point, the scale should start moving down. You'll end up with less fat, and muscles that can handle a larger amount of work.
Keep up the great work and don't get too focused on the number on the scale but focus on all the other ways you are seeing change and trust that the scale will follow.
"Losing weight is not a goal; it is a result."
"Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, nor the second and maybe not the third. Keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally, you will hit the bull's eye of success." Darke County Ohio native Annie Oakley's Motto
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