Tracking your food is really effective and I would recommend that you try it. Also you may want to try measuring (waist, hips, arms etc) to see if you're losing inches which is totally possible without the scale showing weight loss.
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Unless you were engaged in body building, it's doubtful that you gained muscle in the past months. If you noticed a weight gain, it's probably nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.
Even if you aren't experiencing your cycle, there are lots of other ways for your body to hold onto water. You said that you started exercising more regularly. When a person exercises intensely, there muscle fibers soak up water like a sponge. This is what they are supposed to do. Your muscle fibers will release any excess water they don't need once they've adapted to the new routine. You may notice your weight go up the day after a hard workout. That's why, water retention, not overnight muscle gain.
What you're experiencing really is perfectly normal. It's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that will pass in a few days.
This really is typical and nothing to worry about. The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It really could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.
I'm getting really down about this. I started watching my food and exercise about a month ago, and I've only seen my weight go up instead of down! I've gone from about 175 to 185. I've eaten 1200-1500 cals 6 of 7 days a week (the 7th is around 2000), I do 30-40 min of pilates daily, and 30min of cardio twice a week. I know there's sometimes weight gain in the form of muscle at the beginning of an exercise regimen, but i don't feel like the measurements are going down at all either. Is this normal? What do I do? I *really* don't want to gain anymore and am starting to feel helpless and crazy!
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