Post # 1
I’m currently at a healthy weight (135ish at 5’4) but would like to lose about 10 pounds before my wedding. I’ve lost weight before (went from 165 to 125 about eight years ago) but this time is proving to be a lot harder than the last because I’m not actually overweight this time. I just started a really concetrated effort to lose these last ten pounds this week now that I’m six months out from my wedding. I’m eating about 1400-1600 calories a day from mostly healthy/unprocessed foods, drinking lots of water, and working out intensely six days a week with a goal to burn 3000 a week through exercise as indicated by my heart rate monitor (doing a mix of cardio and strength training). I used to be super active so this is a level I can handle, but in the last few months I’ve gotten a little lazy so I’m really getting back into now. In the past I’ve found I do best if I weight myself everyday and even though it’s only been a few days I’ve so far gained half a pound. Intellectually I know that this is probably just my muscle holding onto water because they are adjusting to this increased level of activity, but I just wanted to see if other people have experienced this to reassure myself. If this has happened to you, how long before you started to see the weight go down? Conversely, anything you can see that I should adjust in my plan? Thanks!
Post # 3
I know that when you gain muscle, you gain weight..so that’s probably what happened with that pound. I wouldn’t worry about it ! If you keep working at it, you will eventually see results 🙂
Post # 4
This just happened to a friend of mine -she went up 7 pounds when she started working out and eating right. It took her about a week (after the increase) to see it drop (it dropped pretty quick) and a total of 3-4 weeks for the entire process.
Hang in there! You should see it change soon!
Post # 5
If you’re just starting back with intense workouts, your muscles are likely retaining water. This always happens in the beginning. Stick with it. That number will come back down eventually.
Post # 6
this is so normal! stick with your exercise, and it will go back down.
Post # 7
Yup! I start a pretty intense running regimine, and the first 2 days my weight dropped like a rock, but then I put on all that weight and then some. I’m coming down now though–it’s your body reacting to the increased demand by storing glycogen which needs water. It’ll come off!
Post # 8
Yes, you are building up muscle and getting stronger — hoorah! I am almost the same as you, 5’4″ but 143. I do want to lose weight, but I’m focusing on getting stronger and in better cardiovascular shape. Make that your first priority and you will look so healthy and beautiful!
Post # 9
When you build muscles you actually are tearing them, causing swelling therefore increased weight gain. Absolutely normal! Also when you build muscle you increase your capillary density within the muscle causing the increase in muscle size. Don’t be discouraged!
Post # 10
This happens to me too. I normally eat healthy and work out regularly, but when I want to drop weight for whatever reason – I lose lbs one week, gain all back and maybe more the next and lose slowly after that. i don’t understand it. Why is weight losss sucha mystery!!! so frustrating.