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ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (201,334)
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11/18/12 6:48 A


As others have noted, it's not unusual to gain weight when a person starts to exercise. It's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that will pass in a few days. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to "gain" weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week. There will be weeks you don't lose. There will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. There really are many different things that can cause the scale to go up that have nothing to do with the food you eat. A change in hormones (in women) can cause water retention, which in turn causes a gain in the scale. Intense exercise can cause a spike in the scale. that too is a water weight gain.

In short, you're going to see many ups and downs as you lose. And that's perfectly normal. Don't tie your emotions to the scale. There really is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between out toes in the morning.

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11/18/12 5:24 A

To be able to carry out exercises that put high demands on the large muscles of the body, the glycogen storage of those muscles need to be increased, and more glycogen needs to be stored. This requires much more water to be retained. However, the glycogen used up in part comes from the fat stores, and in part comes from the calories taken in, so over time the weight of the fat burned will show up on the scale. Initially though, there will be an increase in the weight due to water retained.

UGAKATE85 Posts: 2,630
11/17/12 10:43 P

I know one of my issues is that in the past, I assumed I was burning more calories than I actually was when exercising so I over-ate afterwards.

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11/17/12 8:17 P


SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,999
11/17/12 4:11 P

Any time you start a new exercise routine, your muscles tend to retain water. That will result in a temporary increase on the scale, but that should go away after a few weeks.

Hope that helps!

Coach Jen

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11/17/12 3:37 P

i have started walking for the 10 minute challenge. everytime i start this i begin gaining weight. why is this happening?

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