I've heard that people gain after starting an intense exercise program due to the microscopic inflammation is causes, which is the stimulus for adaptation & change. The cellular level inflammation requires water retention for dilution & elimination. Eventually, as your body habituates to the exercise this effect will stop & you'll see the benefits of your hard work. I believe in this theory, as I often see it after upping the intensity of my weight training & after long runs. Persistence is key! Good Luck!
Oh my goodness...I'm SO glad to have found this. I just started working out a week ago, and have been going strong for 6 days, and I weighed myself today and it said I'd GAINED two pounds! I'm hoping it's just water weight, because it doesn't make any sense that I'd have gained weight...and two pounds of muscles in a week is not likely.
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try not to weigh yourself a few days just before your period, your best bet would be to do it the day after you finish as you carry more water. you should also weigh yourself in the morning first thing before you consume any food or drink. another tip is it is actually better to weigh yourself with the scales on solid flooring such as tiles or laminated flooring and not carpet. i only know all this because i used to try everything possible to see where and when i weighed my least lol
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urgh!!! Ive been having the same problem... Ive actually gained 2 lbs over the past week... Im very frustrated because it seems like men can loose weight so fast and then it takes me 2 weeks to loose 1 lb and I gain back 2 the next... so so sad, I just have to keep telling myself to be patient... I hope this is not an upward trend. And about your friends peer pressuring you to eat, my sister does it all the time... it makes me sooo mad.
The other thing to consider is if you've been diligently working out. Muscle weighs more than fat, so if you've been toning up a slight weight gain is very normal. I've learned to judge my progress more about how I look than what the scale says. Plus, everyone is defintiely right about that pesky water weight. Very unpredictable! :)
No freaking out!! Its ok to be "up a pound, down a pound" Just as long as the general direction is down (right?). I know that when I have lots of family or friends around its harder to keep on track, but overall, as long as I know I'm 'watching' myself and not having a whole dessert (I share) or the whole bag of chips (just a handful) then I still feel included but not overindulging.
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I do the same thing and the exact same thing happened to me this week! I dropped like 2-3lbs last week and this week I not only went back up, I gained! I am hoping it was just water weight from my period because I lost the weight that I gained, but now I'm concerned because I haven't really been eating any differently and I gained back the 2-3lbs I lost last week :(
I weigh my self every day too. I know its not good but I think that weighing myself often is what led to my success. Once I saw the scale going up I knew I was being to lax with my diet. As far as your weight gain I wouldn't sweat it..probably just water weight.
Just wanted to jump and say I can relate and agree with what everyone's said! I started today and the past 2 days I've weighed 1-1.5 pounds ehavier than normal. I freaked out too, but I have my fingers crossed it's just from my period and it'll be gone in a few days! i'll have to reweigh in 2-3 days and see what it is! (although, I usually weigh every day...not always a good thing i know. I'm a bit obsessive...)
A trick that I use when I go out to eat is I only eat half of what they give me at a restaurant...that's half the calories and I only try to eat at places where I know the calorie content of foods (you can usually get this online). If your friends have a problem with it just ignore them. Sometimes friends like to sabotage success so don't let them!!
i started at 133lbs and now i believe i gained like 3 or 4 lbs ..I get frustrated but I now its my fault since I am always out with friends and all we do is eat out..I need to learn how to make healthy choices even when I am out.how can i do this, i dont really wanna just eat salads..and also if i dont eat a lot or just odnt feel like eating they get mad at me. they think im trying to starve myself...help
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current weight: 132.0
Fitness Minutes: (17,369) Posts: 168 7/27/08 4:12 P
I've been inching upwards too...I weighed myself a lot last week. I've been pretty good so I'm hoping it's just water weight and will be back down on Tuesday when I weigh again (I tried to take a break from weighing myself).
It is hard because you work so hard you don't want to not be rewarded...but in my case it was just water weight so it goes to show its not the scale that matters its how you look and how your clothes fit.
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