There are all kinds of reasons why the scale misbehaves. Water weight. Full bladder. Full stomach. I once gained half a pound by taking a shower. Don't sweat the small stuff. If you hadn't looked at the scale on day 5, you would see that you had lost one pound in a week, which is good news.
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What you're experiencing is perfectly normal. It's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.
When you work your muscles intensely (say strength training), your muscles soak up water like a sponge. This is what they are supposed to do. Your muscles will release any excess water they don't need once they've adapted to the new routine.
In short, while a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. These types of water fluctuations really are normal.
Women don't pack on 2 pounds of muscle overnight. It's impossible. However, it IS very easy to retain water. I can easily gain or lose 3-4 pounds of water weight in a day. I don't let it freak me out because I know it's a normal fluctuation. If you weigh yourself regularly, you'll notice these fluctuations too.
A hard workout can make your muscles retain water. Your muscles actually need that water. It seems counter-intuitive but drinking more water can actually solve this problem because your body will be getting enough water without having to retain it.
I finally managed to get serious and get back on track last week. Even though I know I should only weigh once a week round about day 5 I couldn't help myself. I was down 3.5 lbs (yay). The yesterdaywhen I went to go do my 1 week weigh in to record on here I was 2.5 lbs heavier than 2 days before. Bringing my 1st week to agrand total of 1 lb weight loss. I'm really confused because I've been tracking my food religiusly, and doing at least 10 min of cardio in adition to my daily bicycle commute. However Sunday I started doing the 1 week bootcamp videos, which includes the balance ball strength training workout. gaining 2 lbs of muscle in 2 days seems impossible, but I'm really not sure what else could have happened in those 2 days. As I'm on a 7 week 'get back into my swimsuit before our trip to the beach' quest it's pretty discouraging.
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