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JLTRACY Posts: 462
2/12/13 12:30 P

Muscle is a good thing. It helps burn more fat. Stop weighing your self so often. I track my weight once a week but try weigh myself 3 times. Only weigh in after cardio. It will look even better that way.

2/12/13 10:44 A

Since a scale only measures the force of gravity on you at the time you weight yourself it does not adjust for the infinite number of variables which can affect that reading. Try and experiment weight yourself three times in one day wearing the same clothing spacing the weigh ins at 5 hour intervals. Do this for several days in a row and you will do one of two things, throw your hands up in defeat or more validly throw your scale away.

Save the scale for weighing your food portions so you can accurately control your nutrition.

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2/12/13 8:58 A

Just to clarify, when you are "toning", no, you are not actually gaining muscle.

In order to truly gain muscle (of the sort that can show up on the scale as a gain) you have to eat at a calorie surplus (and yes, gain fat as well), and be training to gain muscle. It's nearly impossible to do this on a calorie deficit (what most of us trying to lose weight are eating at). The process of building muscle takes months or years... not hours, days, nor weeks.

You can't "pile on muscle". Although if you were, it would take up less room than the fat, and look better. ;) It's impossible to burn calories and not any fat at all, so rest easy.

This is also why the whole "lift light for lots of reps to avoid bulking up" thing is a total myth. Our bodies don't work that way. :)

Here's a great article that dispels many of the common myths about strength training.

Toning vs. Bulking Up: The Real Facts

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
2/12/13 4:24 A

I 'gain' about 1-2lb of water weight and I put it down to ST. BUT it is important to remember that if you keep up with ST (and the cardio and the healthy diet) your weight will go down from fat loss.

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2/11/13 9:15 P


Remember our weight is not a static number...there are so many factors that can cause a shift up or down in our weight.

It's not unusual when you up your workout routine or add new exercises into the mix for your body's weight to vary. The reason-- your body begins storing more fuel in your muscle cells, where it can be used easily and quickly to fuel your workouts. The process of converting glucose (carbohydrates) into fuel that your muscles actually store and use (glycogen) requires three molecules of water for every molecule of glucose. As your muscles are building up glycogen stores, your body has to retain extra water for this purpose. That's what causes most of the initial weight gain or lack of weight loss. This is a good thing—not something to worry about.

However, despite what the scale says, you are actually losing fat during this time. The extra water retention will stop once your body has adjusted to its new activity level. At that point, the scale should start moving down. You'll end up with less fat, and muscles that can handle a larger amount of work.

Hang in there and try not to allow the scale to dictate your progress.

Coach Nancy

CLIPPER965 Posts: 47
2/11/13 8:21 P

No every Saturday Morning

GINGERVISTA Posts: 6,236
2/11/13 8:02 P

Does that mean you're weighing yourself every day? If it were me, I'd only weigh once a week, which is generally what I've found recommended, plus I've found it eliminates obsessing over the weight.
Good luck!

CLIPPER965 Posts: 47
2/11/13 7:45 P

When I do aerobic exercises like running the scale says im a losing weight but when I do toning exercises I either gain or do not lose. I know when you are toning you increase muscle but if the scale is not going down I am afraid I am piling on muscle but not getting rid of fat. I do not know what to do. I eat a low carb diet. About 40g a day.

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