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Is it typical to gain weight before you lose weight?


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Okay, so this week (well on Mon it will be last week) I started working out strength training 2x a week and doing pretty intense cardio 3X a week. But it looks like I might have gained a couple pounds instead of loosing. I am eating extemely well, not over or under the calorie mark. I started working out before and I had this happen, but I gave up quickly, so I don't know the long term results...

So I just wondered, if anyone out there has experienced this before? The first week of real focus and you gain weight? I get that muscle weighs more than fat and all that- and I also know about water weight, but with everything done right, when can I expect to see a loss?

Thanks guys

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Muscle weighs more than fat so if you have started lifting you may be building some muscle. Also I believe when you lift your muscles retain some fluid so that may account for some of the weight gain also. Don't worry about the scale to much. Go by how you feel and look.

 

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Muscle is more dense than fat... it doesn't weigh more.  If you're gaining weight the most usual reason is that you're eating a little too much for the amount of activity you're doing.   If you're certain you're not overeating it could be a temporary effect caused by some fluid retention.... so make sure you're drinking plenty of water (especially if you're exercising so much) and not eating too many salty, processed or sugary foods.  Best of luck
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If you are eating well and keeping within the calorie range you will lose weight. Don't give up! Your body might have gone into a "starving" mode where it thought you were starving and it wouldn't let you lose weight. If you suddenly drop calories and increase activity your body will sometimes think it is starving and retain the weight at first but keep it up because you will lose weight. Make sure that you are eating plenty of Protein. Good Luck

i always gain a little after i start a new exercise program (i do that about every 6-8 weeks). as long as you are eating carefully (measuring out & even weighing your foods) it will even out. its usually fluid retention. even if i drink loads of water i still retain some the first couple of weeks because i usually make sure to push myself.

but dont rely too much on gaining muscle except if you are lifting heavy enough & are on your newbie gains (which if you normally dont exercise you would be). 

i think using the scale can be a good tool but to not rely on the numbers all the time. many times other factors contribute to weight gain besides gaining fat. & its really only fat that concerns me. 

dont give up so quick, you want to feel & look better don't you? that should be your main focus & exercise will only help that. 

Thanks you guys! I know that for the amount of exercise I'm doing, I'm not overeating. I'm also not new to using weights, it's just been a while. Can someone explain the fluid retention to me a little better?

My muscles are sore, so I know that I'm building, but I also cut out cals... So am I doing something wrong?

When you work a muscle, you make microscopic tears in the tissue.  That is part of the reason of why you are sore.   When the muscle repairs itself, it brings in a lot of extra fluid.  That results is a weight gain.  Once things settle down, the muscle gets rid of the fluid and you will lose.

Other possible reasons can be fluid retention from TOM.  That is usually good for at least a couple of pounds on most women.  The bottom line is that you will lose weight slowly and unevenly.  Scales bounce around and you will never figure out why.  Give it time.  And make sure that you log everything that passes your lips and measure portion size, at least at first.  You could be eating more than you think.

One thing you might try is not weighing very often but instead try measuring. Get a measuring tape and measure your stomach, hips, upper arm and thigh. Try to measure the same spot every time and don't be too concerned over 1/2 inch fluctuations.

That is a better way to make sure you are loosing fat and gaining muscle. Scales aren't very trustworthy. ;)

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When you work a muscle, you make microscopic tears in the tissue.  That is part of the reason of why you are sore.   When the muscle repairs itself, it brings in a lot of extra fluid.  That results is a weight gain.  Once things settle down, the muscle gets rid of the fluid and you will lose.

Other possible reasons can be fluid retention from TOM.  That is usually good for at least a couple of pounds on most women.  The bottom line is that you will lose weight slowly and unevenly.  Scales bounce around and you will never figure out why.  Give it time.  And make sure that you log everything that passes your lips and measure portion size, at least at first.  You could be eating more than you think.

Thank you sooooooooooo much. I've always wondered about this!

I'm not new to calorie counting, and I measure pretty darn well. (I'm not anal or anything)

Thanks so much to everyone!

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