Don't worry about the scale, it's just a number that will fluctuate. Especially if you're just starting and have added resistance training, that number will go up a little but that's okay. How do you clothes feel? Have you taken your measurements? Have they changed? The number on the scale is only helpful over the long haul, you will gain muscle if you're doing resistance training, your weight will even fluctuate throughout the day based on water weight.
Don't worry yet, it sounds like this only your second week, 4 pounds in a week is a lot and I suspect much of that was water. Keep doing what your doing, stay within your calorie allotment and continue exercising. Then watch your progress over the next couple of weeks and it's likely that you'll see a downward trend. Good luck :-)
7/12/12 9:31 A
Started doing things right....but have gained 2 lbs....
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452 7/12/12 9:27 A
you may need to eat towards the higher end of the calorie range and mix up the foods you are eating
I am in the same boat! 1200 calories might be on the low side for you so try and bump it up just a bit and see what happens. It is sometimes a slower process like a pp said water retention and so on. But just keep it up and if you keep gaining or aren't losing after a good while something need to change.
I've been stuck at the same weight like forever. But people have been telling me that I look slimmer! I've been doing lot's of Pilates. So, I suppose I'm 'tighter' now.
7/12/12 12:58 A
This could be just an hormonal fluctuation or water retention, so try not to freak out (I know, it's hard). :)
Keep doing what you're doing, maybe up your cardio a bit throughout the week. Try upping your calories to 1350 (mostly in protein and veggies) and see if that helps.
Some people focus on measurements or the fit of their clothing rather than the scale in order to avoid the thud of disappointment that ensues when you work hard and don't lose or gain, as you did. Don't let the numbers sabotage your journey to health and fitness.
The body's not a machine despite many such comparisons. Hang in there and stay tough! It really will work out.
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7/12/12 12:25 A
I THINK I'm doing everything right.
I do the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred every day, and occasionally I add more cardio.
I eat 1200 calories daily and stay within my range for fats, carbs, and proteins.
I eat mostly clean foods and try to limit the processed stuff. A solid breakfast of things like Chobani greek yogurt, cottage cheese (2%), egg whites, fruit, oatmeal, etc. 8 cups of water a day.
My first week i was down 4, but now after another week I gained 2 back! Do I need to start eating more? Or running more? I don't want to lose motivation, but it's hard when I see that not only am I not losing, but I'm gaining weight!