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10/19/07 9:45 A

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Halleluia! My biggest discouragement has been up 3 pounds then back to my starting. I know I need more diet changes but have been pretty close except in veggie intake. I have started at the gym and so was sure I would see magnificent results right away-glad to know maybe next week or the one after. Maybe I will see inches when I next get measured at the gym so thanks for the info-it's made me feel more postive

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10/15/07 11:25 A

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It is just that Rob, the PT, was great at getting me motivated. He actually helped me after my son was born, 6 yrs ago. He was looking for a project to finish his certification class, and I needed help with rebuilding abdominal muscles after a c-section and infection that followed. Wish he was here, because he always found fun exercises that didn't seem like exercises. He would love a site like this to work with people on, even for free!!

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10/15/07 11:14 A

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This one applies to me personally. The scale stays the same or even goes up sometimes but yet I fit in a smaller size. Knowing these facts helps me feel better and keep focused, keep on going.

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10/15/07 11:11 A

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Thanks so much for all the info, Kara. That makes a lot of sense now that it's been properly explained.

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10/15/07 4:43 A

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Not everybody even needs a personal trainer, especially if they're self-motivated and have SparkPeople. There's a quiz somewhere about personal trainers...

https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quiz
zes_questions.asp?quizid=36

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10/14/07 5:03 P

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Interesting, my husband and I were discussing this last night and he said a personal trainer friend of his said something similar. Unfortunately, I don't have access to the PT because the Army has stationed him in Hawaii!! emoticon

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10/14/07 2:16 P

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Yes, I've heard about it right here on SparkPeople and have experienced it personally at several points in my weight loss journey.

I just started exercising to lose weight, but I've gained weight. Why did this happen?


It's true that many people either gain a little weight or don't see any change on the scale for as long as 4-6 weeks after making a significant change in their level of exercise. This is often explained as "gaining muscle while losing fat" but that isn't quite accurate. This extra weight is usually water.

When you start doing more exercise, 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.

Written by Dean Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer


Here's the link for those who want to see the original...


https://www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask
_the_experts.asp?q=68

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10/14/07 7:28 A

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Hrm, that's a good point. I'll bet you're right, Ravyn.

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10/13/07 9:52 P

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Nope, but very interesting. Wonder if she was getting enough water to start with and if that was the problem?

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10/12/07 8:57 P

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A friend of mine was blogging about his weight-loss woes, and a mutual friend of ours told him, "when you start a new workout routine your muscles retain a ton of water right away, and it takes approx. a month for the muscles to release that water (once you're used to the new weights, or whatever) so don't be discouraged!! you're gonna drop like 5-10 lbs all at once when your muscles finally let go of that water, trust me, speaking from experience =)"

I've never heard of this before, but am inclined to believe her. A few years ago she lost about 60 pounds (which was a LOT on her teensy, little frame), toned up, and has had a totally rock star body ever since. Generally I take her word for it when it comes to weight loss and such.

Still, I was wondering if anyone else had ever heard about this phenomenon.

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