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Good question, great answer. I've noticed the same reaction after increased ST. I assumed it was muscle, and wondered how it could happen so quickly. Water retention makes more sense.
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Your topic is perfectly worded: Yes, when I increase my exercise or the intensity, I DO expect a weight gain. (I'm never happy about it..but it happens every single time.) I read an article about this...and have searched, but can't find it. I hope Sargeantmajor or one of the SP experts will respond to your inquiry. For a helpful discussion, go to Community (on the orange tool bar), then to Message Boards, choose Fitness, scroll down to a topic that's something like "muscle pounds vs fat pounds." There are some good bits of info there.
Loosely interpreted : when you are using and building muscle, your body needs to retain more fluid. I'm not sure if it's to lubricate joints or WHY exactly...but the body IS purposely retaining the water you drink. So the scale goes up. You're right...it's NOT a weight gain, so don't get bummed. In fact, it's a good sign that your body is getting stronger.
You're wise not to take the scale too seriously. A dozen factors affect the scale which are totally unrelated to your actual weight or even more importantly...to your improving health.
You are definitely on the right track. Go, girl, go!
Edited by: COLUMBINE2 at: 3/9/2012 (23:29)
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Hi. This week I have changed my workouts to 3 strength/2-3 cardio. I am up on the scale this week, and due to the amount there is no way it is a fat gain. Would this be due to the increase in weights?
Any input is appreciated! I am not too worried about the scale as my clothes feel the same, if not a bit looser, but I like to understand these things
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