The important thing, I think is to be consistent. If you weigh after working out... then always weigh after working out. But going back and forth you will get strange results. I sometimes weigh in before and after a workout for kicks. I always weigh less after but I don't count that as real weight loss since I am dripping with sweat and know that I have dehydrated some.
What builds up in your muscles is called lactic acid but I don't know if it can make you weigh significantly more or less.
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We definitely weigh more after we work out because our muscles are swollen. Whenever I have a weigh in it is done before we work out. Not only that it is important to measure yourself. I lose inches before I lose pounds because I am building muscle. I was going crazy because the scale would say one things BUT my pants were saying another...All my clothes were fitting big. Inches are much more important. And try not to weigh yourself everyday cause you will drive yourself crazy! ALSO...I hear its not good to weigh in after a shower...Your pores open and that results in retaining water! A weigh in is SERIOUS!!!!
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My weight tends to be down after I work out. I focus on cardio and I sweat a TON (gross, I know). Also, how you are standing on a scale can affect how it reads your weight. Let's say you hop on the scale and you have most of your pressure on one foot. You get off and hop back on to double check. If you have your weight more equally distributed, it will probably give you a lower number.
The few times I have weighed after working out, I've been less, but I don't drink while I'm working out and sweat profusely. My hands do feel swollen sometimes after a long walk though. for the most part, I weigh once a day, first thing in the morning, stark naked after my shower. Same time, same way, every day...
I'm not really sure...my scale (which I WAY overpaid on) is bizaare. I can step on it, step off, and step on it immediately again, and see a 3 lb difference.
Depending on how hard I work or how much I sweat (I'm a big sweater) I sometimes see a "significant" drop in the scale immediately after working out...I know it's all water weight.
For other people who sweat less, I can see gaining a little weight, especially if you're drinking water while working out.
It seems to me that your muscles DO swell up while working out (and doesn't your muscles produce some sort of acid when you're working hard? can't think of what it's called off the top of my head) so maybe that has something to do with it? (TOTALLY guessing here!!)
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My scale at my house is unreliable and I can't afford to buy a nice one yet so I can only use the scale at the gym. I have been weighing myself after I am done working out but a friend just told me that I should weigh before I workout because your body stores water while you are working out. Not sure if this is true or not but I played on my friend's wii fit last night and when i first got on it said I weighed 272 (which is down 3 pounds from my last weigh in!!!!) but about 10 minutes later after playing a few games I had to remake a profile and it said I weighed 233!
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