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I’ve been working out for over 2 months committedly – why am I still going up on the scale?

Aug 29th, 2010

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Fitness Lady
Well, congratulations on taking the hardest step and committing yourself to a lifestyle of exercise. Many people find it difficult to stay on course so since you’ve done that so far, you deserve to be congratulated!

I think firstly, you need to clarify what you mean by working out – either resistance training such as lifting weights, performing cardiovascular training such as running, or doing a sport-s specific training. Most people use the phrase ‘working out’ to mean weight lifting so I’ll base my answer around this specifically.

Most people find that on a resistance program, one tends to gain a bit of weight before they start to lose it due to the fact that muscle weighs more than fat. As your body begins building muscle, you’re weight may go up or at the least stay the same. Remember, this is only temporary! As you gain lean muscle mass, your metabolism will begin to speed up equaling a higher rate of caloric burn per day. This means that will you may gain a small amount of weight; you will offset it eventually with a higher metabolism.

The other issue with added weight due to increased muscle mass is that muscle takes up less space on your body than fat does – so, whlle you might not be going down on the scale; do you find your clothes are fitting better? I’d let how your body looks dictate how much your progressed and to avoid looking to the scale for answers.

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