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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