Post # 1
Just wondering if this has happened to anyone else. I have always lost weight through diet alone but decided that this time I wanted to improve my health by adding some cardio. I have been exercising on a recumbent bike for the past 5 days. I have not increased my calorie intake (about 1400/day) and have been riding for about 45 min/day. Well, today was my weigh in day and I’ve GAINED 3 lbs! What the heck? I consistently lose about 1.5/week. Has this happened to anyone else? What is the deal? I know that exercising and keeping my calories low (and I am VERY careful about tracking so I’m not underestimating) can’t possibly be leading to weight gain. What’s the problem?
Post # 2
Your body may be retaining water for healing (muscles).
Post # 3
3 lbs isnt much and can be water retention or muscle gain. It really is hard to say without seeing exactly how you are exercising and what you are eating because everyone is different. When exercising take measurements too and they should go down even if your weight doesnt. Try weighing yourself next week, before you make changes.
Post # 4
From what I understand, when you start a new exercise routine you will retain water which will cause the weight to initially go up a bit. Are your muscles sore? As your muscles repair themselves after exercise your body holds onto water. This should work itself out and you should continue losing if you stick with it a few weeks.
Also, did you eat a lot of sodium in the past 5 days? That could also be another reason why you might be holding onto a bit of excess water weight. Stick with it a be patient! Results will come if you are eating fewer calories than you burn.
Post # 5
I’ve been exercising 3-4x a week for the past 3 years and I always weigh more the day after a workout. Make sure to drink lots and lots of water, which counterintuitively helps with fluid retention.
Post # 6
Try not to focus so much on the number on the scale. I found that it fluctuated a LOT and that the actual loss of pounds wasn’t directly correlated to how I felt, how my clothes fit or how much I was/wasn’t working out.
Take your measurements and start using that as a benchmark. They’re much more telling and saying you lost 5 inches is way more awesome than dropping a pound or two.
MrsWe is right that it could be water retention. If you’re at all close to your period, that could be it as well. And don’t forget, muscle weighs more than fat, so even if you only gain 0.5lb of muscle, that’s more muscle than you had before and it makes a difference on the scale. My trainer was totally fine with me not losing weight as long as my muscle mass went up each week.
Stay hydrated, keep eating clean and you’ll see results!
Post # 7
Idk this freakin happens to me too which is very frustrating! I think other bees are right and this might be water weight.. Plus I am the kind of person (maybe u are too) whose weight fluctuates so much, one day I can weight 146 the next day 150 then a couple days later I’m 143! WTF! And there’s no real rhyme or reason….
sorry im not much help but I feel ur pain on this one… It sounds like ur being very regimented though so that’s good and I’m sure u’ll see the results u want soon!! Try not to be discouraged 😜
Post # 8
This is exactly what I am going through. I have eaten realtively healthy the last 3-4 years and maintained by weight between 135-140 by doing that and working out 3-4 times a week. However, since March – I have felt super bloated ALL the time, and my weight has been creeping up… but I still eat fairly healthy and exercise.
I started doing the 21-day fix (not 100% following it – doing more so the eating plan and doing my own workouts not from the videos) in April and have literally seen no changes – scale or measurement-wise. It’s discouraging. Last week I got 6 days of workouts in (cardio and strength), drank a ton of water and only had 2 days where a couple of my meals weren’t “diet” but still didn’t go overboard. It was also that time of the month. I’m up 3lbs. from last week.
In April at my yearly, my doc didn’t seem concerned of my weight gain (a few pounds) in the last year and says that happens. I dropped some weight before the wedding and now am gaining it back.
My problem is, like I’ve said, I just feel bloated ALL the time. My clothes don’t fit well at all, and all of my work pants (which I’ve worn the same ones for the last 2-3 years) are so tight that they’re incomfortable to wear and I do not want to spend money on new clothes. So, that is my frustration… up on the scale and my clothes not fitting. I just don’t know what to do anymore.
Post # 9
juliaGG: I have had this happen actually. I gained for a good week or so then it all just started dropping. Try changing up the caloric intake for a few days (one day a little higher than 1400 cal and then the next a little lower) and increase your water intake and/or add a multivitamin if you don’t already take one. You may be retaining water and these 3 things combined really helped me. If you keep doing the same thing, your body plateaus and if it retains water, you will gain.
Also, make sure you are getting adequate rest in between workouts. I tend to get a little carried away sometimes and then will realize I didn’t have any rest days and usually the day after a rest day, I see the scale move downward. 🙂
Post # 10
Kacie209: I used to feel bloated all the time too. I reduced my sugar/carb intake and no longer feel bloated and I lost 15 lbs in 6 weeks without exercise. I still have my hips (loss 2 inches so far) but my midsection has drastically gotten smaller. Sugar/processed carbs are not your friends…well they are to your taste buds but to the rest of your body….no bueno.
Post # 11
MrsWe: I have wondered that about myself, the sugar/carb intake. I am wanting to lower the number of carbs I have, and reducing sugar to only natural. It’s a process cos I love that stuff!
I think I will focus on that, while still eating well, and see what happens. I have realized that getting older, I’d rather feel better than have that slice of cake! However, everything in moderation…
Post # 12
Thanks everyone! I’m glad to hear it isn’t just me. I’m going to keep at it because I know that there is no way I won’t lose weight by adding cardio, it’s just REALLY frustrating!!
Post # 13
DOn’t stress, I get it. I do 100 mile runs ( 25-30 hours) and ALWAYS weigh more a few days after because of water weight.
Post # 14
juliaGG: I wish more people would worry about how their clothes fit, and less about the numbers on the scale. Muscle weighs more than fat, so as you exercise and build muscle it’s not uncommon to see the number stay the same (or go up).
Post # 15
starfish0116: while that’s true, I highly doubt just adding biking for 45 min. is causing muscle gain. I’d guess water or that 1400 cals is TOO low. I GAIN weight or hold onto weight if I train and am not eating enough.