Tank you. I read the link and found it helpful. Just started 3 weeks ago working out after more than 9 months, and have gained a couple lbs instead. Helps to keep perspective and keep going for now.
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5/4/13 2:55 P
Thanks. I always focus on lbs. Have to go get measuring tape.
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4/24/13 9:27 A
It happens to a lot of people. Some people may feel hungrier when exercising and therefore eat more (*some* more is OK due to extra calorie burn, but you have to be careful it doesn't go to excess, so keep an eye on your tracking). Even more people experience a gain in water weight due to activation of their muscles beyond what they're used to. This is actually a good thing, whatever the scale says.
Trust your body, that if you're doing the same thing you've been doing that you know works for you to lose fat/weight, that adding exercise is not going to ruin that for you. (And it is so important for health, much more than weight loss itself.) You may gain water weight and you may not, but as long as you keep your food intake appropriate, you're not going to gain any weight that actually matters. Sooner or later the scale will move down.
Congrats on your loss so far! If you had just started working out at that time, it is possible (and normal) to gain some weight initially, but that goes away. This page has an explanation of why that may happen for some people: http://www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_t he_experts.asp?q=68 .
I would also recommend taking other measurements and not just relying on the scale. Sometimes your scale may show no change or a gain, but you lose inches, which is great too! So taking measurements, noticing how your clothes fit, noticing how your fitness has improved, how you feel, etc., are all other great ways to measure how well you are doing.
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1,243 4/24/13 8:44 A
Are you tracking what you are eating daily? That can really help. Also, starting a new exercise routine can cause you to gain before you lose. I found that out when I started lifting and then again when I started lifting heavier. My muscles retained the water before they figured out what was going on and then I began to lose. Definitely a great suggestion to focus on the inches as opposed to just your number on the scale
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4/24/13 2:47 A
Muscle weighs more than fat, so yes, you can look heavier on the scales when you start to build muscle...it's more important at your stage to focus on inches lost than pounds lost...
All the best! You can do it...just stay determined and don't be afraid....
Try and remember that super fit people are slim, so obviously exercise is a positive thing...:-)
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4/23/13 10:59 P
I just lost 5lbs in almost 31/2 weeks. My sparks weight tracker says I'm on track. This motivates me to want to do more, but about 7 months ago I was 235lbs and I got a membership to the Y. I gained 10lbs when I should have lost. It scares me a little. Is this a problemfor any one else.