Category: exercise tips
Help! I’ve finally started up a fitness routine and I’m GAINING weight!
This is a very common occurrence, especially with intense strength training. Let me take a few moments to explain why this happens.
When someone starts a new workout program, especially in the first few weeks, they normally experience soreness. (We are all familiar with this sensation… as you desperately grip the handicap rail to raise yourself off the toilet.) “Muscle soreness” is caused by the breakdown or microscopic tears in the muscle tissue. Soreness is the body trying to protect and defend the effected area. The muscle becomes inflamed and slightly swollen due to fluid retention. Over the next 24-48 hours the body is repairing and rebuilding the damaged muscle fibers. Your body learned a very valuable lesson after that group training class, and is making a wise decision to strengthen everything up for the next class. That being said, muscle soreness isn’t a reflection of how hard you worked. Some people work out hard and very rarely suffer from the “I cant parallel park my car because my arms are so sore” soreness. Regardless if you are sore or not, If you have finished a high intense workout, your body will respond and begin the muscle protection mechanism. In this process fluid can temporary build up and result in a 3-4 pound weight gain within a month of starting a new fitness routine.
You should be concerned if the weight gain is more that 5 pounds. We all know that feeling. You have just finished a killer workout and you are STARVING or your subconscious is telling you, you deserve it. ding! ding! ding! THE REASON WHY YOU’RE GAINING WEIGHT = You’re probably eating too much or not eating healthy enough! To be blunt. Weight gain is when you eat more than you burn; you will gain weight. The end. Count calories, drink more water, eat more fruit and veg, cut out the processed crap, cut back on the booze, stay away from refined sugars, eat slower, cut out the amazingly delicious cheese……. mmm. cheese. No, but seriously try giving yourself ONE crap food item ONCE a week. That way you will not feel as though the world has come to an end and will truly appreciate the TASTE of your demon foods and tell that subconscious to SHUT IT. Yes, you do deserve your demons, but only ONCE IN A WHILE and not until you are actually seeing results.
Remember, you have started down this road for a reason. Don’t be discouraged by what your scale says. It is only a temporary shift and if it’s more than that, then it’s time to get with the program and giv’er crazy style. You CAN do this. Millions of people have. Time to be honest with yourself and find out What’s holding you back.