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Exercising more, eating the same. Why the weight gain?


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I just joined a gym about a week ago and have added 30 minutes of cardio and 80 reps of strength training everyday. On July 29th, I weighed 163.2. Yesterday, I weighed 167.4. I have gained 4.2 pounds in three days, without changing any of my eating habits. What is going on?

Any feedback is appreciated. I am geniuenly saddened and confused.

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Your weight can fluctuate 4lbs in a day, it's not too unusual. You shouldn't weigh yourself daily. Pick one day a week at the same time and do that.

It would be really hard for me not to weigh myself everyday as I have been doing it for years and it has been a habit. But thanks fo the suggestion.

Perhaps I'll try to weigh myself less; any ideas on where to start? Once a week seems too seldom for an obssesive daily weigher to start with. Every other day perhaps? 

Are you eating the same as when you were not exercising?  IE eating 1200 calories not exercising but still eating 1200 calories while exercising?  Or are you eating the same, as in your usual diet (be it 94358762984576 calories or 300 above your recommended caloric intake)?

'Cause many will argue that you need to eat back those calories you're burning off to keep your defecit at a good level.  Lack of doing so may eventually cause you to gain weight.

However, since it's only been about a week my guess is going to be that you're building muscles, dear.  And those are pretty hefty.  Compare measurements.  Heck, compare how you feel in your clothes (if you can remember how you did last week).  Chances are things will be about the same.
Original Post by perfectflaw:

It would be really hard for me not to weigh myself everyday as I have been doing it for years and it has been a habit. But thanks fo the suggestion.

Perhaps I'll try to weigh myself less; any ideas on where to start? Once a week seems too seldom for an obssesive daily weigher to start with. Every other day perhaps? 

 Alternately, you could log your daily weight here and look at the graph.  You'll see lots of natural ups and downs and that may help you convince yourself that a couple of pounds either way is no big deal.  After a couple of weeks, you can just look at the direction of the "trend" line (rising, falling or staying flat) and it'll tell you what's really going on with your weight.  Personally, I find that more helpful than just weighing once a week when there could still be lots of fluctuation.  After all, there's no guarantee that Friday will always be my "retaining water day"!  :-)

Hi Perfectflaw,

  I changed my lifestyle almost 2 years ago and found some interesting trends in my lifestyle change:

1.  Always weigh yourself the same time of the day using the same scale and clothes (or none).  Reason is we weigh differently throughout the day.

2.  Unless you can take the fluctuations DONT weigh yourself daily...as stated earlier we fluctuate from day to day....I know because I weighed myself daily (and still do) but I also know the numbers arent as important as the appearance of progress.

My recommendation is believe in the progress...if you burn more calories and create a deficit then the weight will decrease.

Dave

You have only been doing this for a week- your body is still adjusting to the increase in exercise. It is so discouraging to do all that work and see poor results, but you have to remember that the effects of the workouts are long term ... if you keep this up for a month I guarantee you will have lost weight.

My guess would be that the extra weight is water - it will go as quickly as it came.

Make sure you are drinking plenty of water (1 litre extra for each hour of exercising on top of the usual 2 litres a day) and cut back on salt.

Also make sure you do not fall into the trap of reward-eating (e.g. larger portions) after working out. Stick to the recommended calories on CC and it will work!

Losing weight is so boring and a slow process - no wonder everyone struggles!

one thought is you can be burning fat... you just may not realize it as muscle weighs more than fat. So technically you can weigh the same but you are healthier.

Thanks everybody for the encouragement and the suggestions! My weight is starting to regulate itself now. Today I weighed 163.4. :)

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