Why you gain “weight” when you start a new workout

Contrary to what you think, you are not actually gaining “weight.”

Okay, I know you are super excited to start your new workout program and your new nutrition plan. You have goals and now you have the tools to reach them. Maybe you invested in some new fitness gear, buy some new workout tops and you are ready for success.

So you start your new program, you are enjoying the new challenge, you are feeling great after your workout and what you have accomplished and so 2 weeks in you decide to see what the scale has to say. Dumbfounded, you notice that its actually gone UP instead of gone DOWN. So, before you start to FREAK OUT, here are some reasons WHY initially the scale may increase.

  1. Muscle Soreness- Often times this happens in the first 24-48 hours after a workout. So if you are lifting HEAVIER or doing more intense training, the sorer the muscles will be. It is often referred to as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).This is when the muscle breaks down and becomes inflamed and swollen due to fluid retention. This evens out after a few weeks.
  2. Trust the process- The program was designed for a reason. If you start messing with the plan, you never give your body time to ADJUST to the program and you screw it up even more. So trust the process and follow the plan.
  3. Nutrition is key. Are your food choices whole foods? Are you eating processed foods? Are you eating a bunch of packaged foods with high sodium? All of these can bloat you or make the body retain fluid.
  4. Water- contrary to what you may think, not drinking ENOUGH water can bloat you. Water helps things keep MOVING in the body. It helps all the systems do their job. So HYDRATE!
  5. Screw the scale. If you know me, you know I hate the scale. Take photos. They will show you the best results. Larger muscles and definition. Don’t let the number on the scale mess with your head.

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