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ANARIE Posts: 13,192
4/27/12 12:16 A

You can't judge anything on the basis of one week's weigh-in. What happened here was that your first week's change was mostly dehydration-- you can only really lose 5 pounds in a week if you weigh over 300 to begin with. This week, you got rehydrated back to normal. Don't look at it as 5 pounds and 2 pounds. What really happened is that you lost 3 pounds in two weeks. That's 1 1/2 pounds on average, and that's a very good rate of loss.

4/26/12 11:53 P

I cannot stress to you how much a simple pair of callipers and weekly body fat measurements helped me stay on track and not lose heart when the scale refused to cooperate. Today, for example, is one of those days. The scale has been staying put over the last couple of weeks, due to an increase in my training load. A few weeks ago, I added weight training and core strengthening. Unlike most women, I was probably predisposed for body building because I'm unnaturally strong and build muscles with little to no effort. Weight loss is incredibly difficult. Anyway, long story short, my pinches showed I'd lost fat, and the tape measure showed progress. And last night, I had one of the best training runs in my life! These are the things that matter. The scale measures things like poop and water, and who cares about that?

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,451
4/26/12 10:44 P


While I understand the desire to see the scale go down, muscles retain water because it helps deliver energy to them more efficiently, and helps them recover faster. And who doesn't want their body to perform better?

However, fat is considerably bulkier than muscle or water, and typically lost fat will show up as inches lost, even if the scale is being unco-operative. If you want to see a number go down, use the tape - it is a far more reliable measure of your progress than the scale.


4/26/12 8:09 P

thanks guys i feel a little better now, i'll just keep trying my best and hope it all evens out. i just want so bad for it to work this time. i have my brothers wedding in 6 months and i would love to look my best and get an amazing dress. a little vain i know but i plan to keep going after that to ,so i'll be the healthy too emoticon

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4/26/12 11:33 A

Also, make sure your intake is accurate and your weighins are done only once per week at the same time and same condition. I have had a consistent 1-2 lbs loss per week since I began this program in January. I only had one week where I gained .4lb and I think that was from an overly high level of sodium over that week. Thus, water retention.

If your intake is accurate and your exercise is sufficient and consistent, you should be fine. Just Keep the Faith.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,777
4/26/12 10:28 A

I would say it will go away within 2-4 weeks of starting your exercise program, so just try not to focus on the scale too much until then. Also consider measuring yourself monthly b/c sometimes you'll see changes there even if the scale isn't moving.

Coach Jen

GEEKYME Posts: 326
4/26/12 10:26 A

Thanks Jen :) I didn't realize that. I always thought that when I was showing gains, it was muscle from all the strength training. That's what someone else had told me on here - and I had always believed it. Thanks for setting us straight. Other than time, is there anyway to get rid of water gain? I've heard that drinking more water will help, even though it seems counter-intuitive. Things change so quickly in medicine and health that it's hard to keep it all straight.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,777
4/26/12 9:27 A

It's not muscle gain, it's likely water weight. Any time you start a new exercise program your muscles tend to retain water, which can result in a temporary increase on the scale. Just hang in there- it won't last forever. Muscle gain is a very slow process that takes a long time, especially if you're a woman.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

4/26/12 9:07 A

can you really gain 2 pounds from muscle in only two weeks?

GEEKYME Posts: 326
4/26/12 8:56 A

Weight training can actually make you gain weight - but it's not fat - it's muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat per square inch. The scale may appear to moving in the wrong direction, but pay attention to your clothes and use a measuring tape to keep track of measurements.

4/26/12 8:53 A

i just started following weight watchers and exercising two weeks ago. i do cardio for an hour and weight training for 30 minutes 4 days each week .i've stayed on points and lost 5 pounds the first week but gain two pounds the second week . i'm not due for tom so i know that not a factor, i was just wondering if that was normal or if i may be doing something wrong. thank you for any advise and for taking the time to read this.

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