Post # 1
Does anyone else gain weight when they first start working out? I’ve been kicking up my workout regimen the past couple weeks and when I weighed myself this morning, was surprised to find that the scale had gone UP!! I know it can’t be muscle because that doesn’t happen so fast… and I’m really good about watching what I eat. So frustrating… anyone else have this problem?
Post # 3
@kw948103: I believe that I’ve heard you retain some water in the beginning (I can’t recall the reason). Just be sure to stay hydrated!
Post # 4
If you’ve been working out for a couple weeks it could be muscle. You can put it on fast in the beginning, especially if you didn’t have much. Or you could be retaining water or something. (I always, always go up in weight in the week before my period.) If you aren’t monitoring your diet, you could also be eating more (and more than you need) because you’re hungry from the exercise.
Also make sure you use the same scale and weigh yourself about the same time of day. That can easily make a difference of 2-3 pounds.
Take your measurements and use that for comparison. If you’re getting smaller, but your weight isn’t changing or is going up, then it’s probably muscle.
Post # 5
I find that when many people start working out they end up eating back their calories (most dieting websites say you can do this). However, the calorie estimates are way off and people end up eating a lot more than they burned. I normally eat about 1900 calories and figure that to include up to an hour of exercise. On days I run 10+ miles, I’ll add in an extra 400 calories or so.