It is a common response when starting/increasing an exercise program for your muscles to retain water. This one-off increase in your lean mass can actually result in an increase in the scale, even as you are burning fat. It is unlikely that you are 'gaining weight' in the traditional sense.
But higher levels of exercise do need the appropriate level of intake to support them. Eating too little can mean your body is not fueled enough to work out hard, or provide enough nutrients for muscle repair, etc from that exercise. But if you use this as an excuse to eat too much, then you could be undoing your efforts.
A few ideas for keeping things in check:
* Enter your exercise levels into Spark, and see what intake it recommends for you
* Ensure you are properly rehydrated after a workout - sometimes the body can confuse thirst with hunger
* A post-workout snack (ideally a combination of carbs and protein) can help refuel your body and avoid feeling ravenous later. Pre-planning a healthy post-workout snack can refuel your body without blowing your calorie budget
* Increased exercise can drive your protein requirements higher, and hunger is often because your body is signalling a need for more specific nutrients, rather than more calories - you should ensure that your protein intake is well within the recommended range.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
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