Post # 1
I’m usually a regular gym goer but due to a car accident I haven’t been working out as much as I normally do for the past few months. I’m now much better and getting back into it again but I wondered if anyone else notices a weight gain the first week or two of working out?
My trainer told me it’s because when building up strength the muscles tear and when you haven’t been working out for a while they tear more than normal which leads to the body storing lots of water in the muscles to repair them. Usually it’s not a large gain and sometimes it’s more of a standstill than a gain. After two weeks or so the body is used to it and you start seeing a difference on the scale. Have you heard of this before?
Not sure what to think about this but I’m definitely not losing any weight yet, I guess patience is the name of the game!
Post # 3
Yes…I have the same “problem”. Whenever I start working out, I ALWAYS gain weight before I lose it. The way it was explained to me is that muscle weighs more than fat. So when you first start working out, you tend to build muscle BEFORE you lose the fat so now you body is carrying muscle AND fat. As you build muscle, you burn the fat faster and your weight starts to go down.
That’s why I stay away from the scale. I focus on how I look, how my clothes fit, and how I feel. I have a pair of “inspiration pants” that I try on every few weeks to see the progress. Right now I can get them over my booty where before I couldn’t get them past my thighs…LOL. That scale can really mess you up…especially when you are first starting out.
Post # 4
I’ve definitely noticed this and it can be really, really frustrating in the beginning! When I was doing P90x I gained about 5 pounds, although I didn’t get any bigger physically. I did get stronger and more muscular, however. I started working out again last week after taking about 3 weeks off and lost two pounds, immediately followed by a 2 pound gain. I’m chalking it up to water retention, otherwise I’d probably throw my scale out the window whilst screaming at this point (I mean honestly, how many times can you go up and down the same damn two pounds???)
Post # 5
That would be my suspicion as well, water retention. As long as you are not eating more, that seems the likely culprit to me.
Ugh, it is so frustrating when you are doing everything right & the scale numbers go the wrong way!
Post # 6
Also it’s important to continue to monitor your food intake. When you start burning more calories, you get more hungry and it’s easy to eat a little more.
Post # 7
I have this happen to me, too. When I first started working out, I was mainly weight training and I gained weight or would be at a standstill. I started pushing my cardio harder in addition to the weight training and I started to lose weight again.
Muscle weighs more than fat, so if you start building muscle, you’re going to weigh more for awhile.. but muscle burns more calories. Also.. the tearing muscle thing is true according to my FH who has a degree in Kinesiology (the study of the movement of the body). I kept gaining and losing the same 3 lbs this past month and was getting really discouraged, but then I realized this past month I was upping my weight in all the weight training I was doing and I started experiencing the muscle tears again. My body finally got use to it this past week and I kept those 3 lbs off and lost 2 more!
Good luck on your weight loss, don’t focus too much on the scale.. focus on how you feel. Even when I gained or was at a standstill, I was losing inches.
Post # 8
Your trainer is right about the water weight. Your muscles retain more what when they are trying to repair themselves post-workout. While its true that muscle weighs more than fat, if you’re early in your workout process, that probably isn’t what is happening yet. Sadly for us women, it can take months of working out to gain just 1 pound of additional muscle (other than the water retention in your muscles).
Overall, don’t worry about it, it will come off in a few days 🙂
Post # 9
I have been an aerobics instructor for close to 8 years and yes, the trainer is telling you the truth. Give it time.
However, the muscle weighs more than fat kills me. 1 lb muscle = 1 lb fat! A pound is a pound! But, 1 lb muscles takes up less room than 1 lb fat in your body.
Also take a look at your sodium intake. That makes you retain water.
Post # 10
Great advice here, thanks ladies. I feel much more encouraged to here it’s a common thing, I’ll keep at it and hopefully notice the results in a few weeks.
The eating more point is a good one, I’ve definitely been more hungry recently and it’s easy to overeat, I’ll make sure I eat more protein rather than empty carbs.
The scales can be so misleading, I don’t know why we’re all so obsessed with that figure! My trainer gave me a great example I think about when the scales lack of movement gets me down, he said: “think about it, would you rather weigh 150 pounds and look like you weigh 200 or weigh 200 and look like 150”. Really basic but it helps to pull you back to earth when the mind loses focus!
Post # 11
Thank you! That muscle weighs more than fat thing is killing me. Muscle is denser than fat, but a pound is pound.
Post # 12
Very true, it’s like the old trick question ‘what’s heavier? a pound of feathers or a pound of lead?’
Even though the scale still hasn’t moved much I got my first ‘have you lost weight?’ comment today so I guess the workouts are working. All I have to do now is keep it up for the next few months. 4 months to go til the first dress fitting.
Post # 13
I am SOOO glad you posted this! I had this problem just this morning and have been wondering WTF all day!
Post # 14
That’s the nice thing about having a scale that measure’s body fat. I know that the method used in home scales to measure fat is not very accurate, but it’s a good tool when you just want to see the difference over time.
Since Jan 1 I’ve only lost 3 pounds of weight, but I’ve lost almost 5 pounds of fat so I’m pretty excited about that. 🙂
Post # 15
Well done Taylor 4, that’s a great change. I did’t know you could get those kind of scales for home, are they expensive?
Post # 16
im still gaining weight and its killing me, im so p**sed off!!! ive been watching what i eat like a hawk, going to the gym, swimming, gave up smoking…and still no bloody difference!!!! boo to it:(