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My husband and I did a heavy lifting workout yesterday and the scale is up 2.5 pounds today. Is this to be expected?

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Yep - new exercise can often lead to your muscles retaining water.

It would make some sense if the 2.5 pounds had come some days after and not a day after! Because then it would be muscle build. The water retension makes sense, but one thing we often ignore or don't pay attention to is the desire to eat more right after such strenuos exercise...and this is just the body's own natural way of reacting. If we don't watch the portion sizes we gobble down right after, of course the scale will show higher numbers. But you shouldn't worry about that I am sure. There can of course be a number of other factors contributing to the 2.5 pounds! Just keep lifting 'em weights!Wink

Original Post by cosapo:

It would make some sense if the 2.5 pounds had come some days after and not a day after! Because then it would be muscle build.

Well, 2.5lbs of muscle a few days after lifting would be pretty impressive muscle gain - if it happened that fast, I'd be huge! Likewise, she'd have to overeat by 8,750 cals for it to be fat, so that's not that likely either. :)

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by cosapo:

It would make some sense if the 2.5 pounds had come some days after and not a day after! Because then it would be muscle build.

Well, 2.5lbs of muscle a few days after lifting would be pretty impressive muscle gain - if it happened that fast, I'd be huge! Likewise, she'd have to overeat by 8,750 cals for it to be fat, so that's not that likely either. :)

 yes, to build muscle you have to eat slightly more then you burn... those extra calories go to rebuild the muscle after lifting, creating mass.

BUT this is a lengthy time consuming process.. most women can only gain about 1-2lbs of muscle in a couple months.. it's not that easy to gain pounds and pounds of muscle.

what you see is water retention, and weight fluctuations. period.

you will NOT become bulky with a couple weight training sessions... nor will that possiblity be likely for the average woman, as it takes lots of time and effort to gain significant increases in muscle mass for females

I definately notice that the day after a big strengh training session I am about a pound heavier the next day.  But no worries, muscles swell with fluids after weight lifting as they are repairing themselves.  So, it's def NOT a true gain of anything, I bet by tomorrow you will be back to normal.

I have been a long distance runner since high school (im in grad school now).  I added weight lifting to my routine about a year ago, and I lost weight and gained can definately tell I've gained muscle.  So keep up the weight lifting and don't let any short term fluctuation of the scale fool you :)

You can go up 2-3 LB in a days time. That is just normal fluctuation.

That often is the case with me even after a more intense than usual cardio session. I figured it was because I tend to drink more water if I'm working harder... but it makes sense that there might be water retention after working harder as well.

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