Why Do You Gain Weight When Starting a New Workout

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Evil scale - Funny
I try very hard to stay away from the scale. I'm a firm believer that it is evil and tries to make us feel bad about ourselves! Ha! But inevitably, I will step on it a time or two during the week. I mean it is sitting right out in the open just calling my name. It can be really discouraging when you are working really hard at the beginning of a new program and you see those numbers start to creep UP instead of DOWN. Why does that happen?

First let me tell you...it's TEMPORARY! I know it may make you want to toss that scale off a rooftop, but don't do that just yet.

When you first start a new program, whether you are a beginner or you have been working out for a long time, your body goes through muscle confusion. This means you are moving in a way that your body is not accustomed to. In turn, that can cause muscle soreness. This pain that makes it difficult to walk stairs, wash your hair or heck even use the bathroom normally ;) is just your muscles trying to protect themselves. As you are working out, you are tearing muscle and harming the tissue so that you can create new. Your body will work to heal those tears. In doing so, it becomes inflamed and also retains water. (see where I'm going here?) Therefore, some people can experience up to 4-5 lbs of weight gain in the first few weeks of a new program.

You may be saying, 'I'm not sore but I'm still gaining weight!'. Not everyone gets sore. It is a very individual thing, however everyone's muscles tear and repair. So you could still be inflamed and retaining water, even if you don't feel super sore.

Let's say you have experienced more than a 5lb gain and it isn't starting to go back down after the first two weeks. What then? It's time to look at your food. I know...I said it...that stinkin' nutrition thing again. It is the cold hard truth that you can workout until you are blue in the face but if you are not controlling what you are eating, your results will not be what you want. TRUST ME! I have tried to out train poor nutrition. It doesn't work. So ask yourself honestly...am I tracking every bite that goes in my mouth? Am I drinking my calories and not tracking those? Am I eating more than I'm burning? Am I following my nutrition plan? The more honest you are with yourself, the faster you will see results!

That moment when you feel like giving up, when it doesn't seem worth it, that is where change is happening. Keep going. - www.ahealthyresolve.com

So be patient with yourself (not a strong suit of mine!). Learn to fall in love with the process. Know that if you follow the plan, do your workouts, and track your nutrition, you WILL get the results you are looking for!

~ Tina

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