Why you gain weight after starting to exercise?

Updated: Mar 5, 2020

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It's a new year, a new a decade and I have made a goal to be healthier!!


Is that a goal you have made before?


I certainly have for almost every year since my oldest daughter was born.


So for the last 5 years...


But this year would be different!!


I was going to succeed!!


So I found a meal plan, an exercise program, and committed to seeing results...


Well it's January 14th of this new year and I got to say, it's been a little discouraging having put on an extra 5 pounds instead of losing them...


So why is that? Why is it that instead of instantly losing weight when starting a new healthy routine, do I not see results?


Here you'll find 7 different reasons that could result in weight gain instead of weight loss.


7 Reasons you Could be Gaining Weight




1) Muscles


Now I can almost hear the "what?!?!" How are my muscles causing me to gain weight.


There a few reasons:

  1. Muscles are more dense than fat. As you workout, your muscles are going to seem heavier than the fat.

  2. Muscles tear and retain water and become sore, got to love that sore feeling after a good workout. But this can cause you muscles to hold on to a bit more water to heal them.

  3. Muscles require a lot more fuel at first, once they have become accustomed to working out, they will not need as much.

These all can be just one little reason the scale has moved up after starting a workout routine.


2) Not Enough Time


In today's world, it's all about the instant results: from our food, relationship, business, or our bodies.


Consider this, you didn't gain the weight overnight, so why do you expect to lost all the weight overnight?


Instead, create a sustainable plan that you can execute for 90 days.


This M3 system is a perfect example of why shooting for 90 days is ideal, not only will it provide your body enough time to acclimate to your new routine, but will instill a new lifestyle and commitment to a healthier you.


After 90 days, re-evaluate your progress and see if you could make a few changes to your routine.


Maybe it's time to add in some strength training to really make those muscles pop.

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The bottom line, is make a plan to put in more than just a few weeks and make sure to make it fun and rewarding along the way.


3) Ditch the Scale


Alright, this one may not be a reason per-say, but it's important to address.


Base your results off of measurements and pictures taken in progress from beginning, middle and end.


Not sure how to measure or take pics, here's a great article I found to take effective measurements while on your weight loss journey.


4) Eating Too Many Calories


This may seem a bit obvious, but truthfully if you're not tracking your food intake, it's can surprising at how much you're actually eating especially once you start working out.


Don't fall into the trap that once you start exercising that you can eat what ever you want.


If reaching that goal of feeling sexier than ever while in that bikini or on the beach, then it usually is going to take more than just working out.


You're going to need to focus in on what you're eating as well.


My favorite way to track has been MyFitnessPal because it's easy, free, and will give you a good starting point to how many calories you should be eating to get to your goal weight.


5) Not Eating Enough Calories


Now could you really not be eating enough...? YES!


As Cathy Leman, a registered dietitian and creator of NutriFit! says, "...if there is a severe restriction in calories, the body may counteract this reduction by slowing down its metabolism."


You want to increase your metabolism in order to lose weight, so again, make sure you're tracking how much you're eating, especially in protein because your muscles need that protein for fuel.


6) You Build Muscle Faster Than you're Losing Fat


Now that you've given it time and you're still not seeing results, you may have to consider that your genes have roll to play in this game and you build muscle faster than you lose fat.


One answer to this problem could be throwing in more cardio exercises and muscle endurance instead of just strength training.


7) Medical Conditions


Unfortunately, if after a few months of tracking your food and exercising regularly that you still haven't seen results, it may be time to go and talk to your doctor about other reasons you are not losing weight.


A common reason is your thyroid is not performing as it should.


Another reason could be any medications you're on.


And lastly, your age can play a factor into your weight loss journey.


Conclusion


You can succeed!!


Don't allow little setbacks or big setbacks from keeping you from reaching that goal you have set out to reach.


So instead of saying 'can' I'm going to edit the above statement to...


You WILL succeed!!


I believe in you and am wishing you the best.


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