If you have started exercising with the idea of losing weight and to your surprise, the scale says that you gained a few pounds; do not panic! It is something totally normal and temporary. We will tell you all about why this happens.
The truth is, when people start training there are many reasons for gaining some extra kilograms: firstly because it stimulates their appetite so they need more food than before (sometimes even twice as much), secondly because if we exercise our muscles break down fat which produces a protein or amino acids faster but these compounds must be replenished with carbohydrates while being careful at what time of day those carbs come into our diet since consuming them too late can make us feel bloated during sleep due to insulin peaks
Gaining weight in the first weeks of training is common, and it’s also a good thing because you know your body is responding to exercise. Knowing what causes this weight gain will make you feel much calmer during those months where pounds are piling on without any concern for why.
Why Do I Weigh More Than Before I Started Training?
The explanation why you gain weight even if you exercise, which can induce us to throw in the towel and give up our goal, is quite simple if we take into account several factors:
- After a life of sedentary habits, the body needs to build up its stamina and adapt itself if you are going to exercise regularly. In this period your metabolism will change in order for it to match that of an athlete’s, so while there may be some temporary imbalances during these changes do not panic as they should only last around 2-3 weeks at most.
- When you start working out regularly, your muscles will develop at a rapid pace. This means that in just the first few months of training, if not longer depending on how often and intensely you work out-you may gain some weight from building muscle mass. But don’t worry because as time goes by, with continued workouts and healthy eating habits (read: no fast food), fat loss should occur even though it won’t show up on the scale due to gains in lean muscle tissue.
The only way for someone who’s gained lots of new muscle is through exercises like bodybuilding or other intensive strength sessions to lose weight without looking too cut would be fasting; which has its own health risks such as lower blood sugar levels than normal among others).
- In order to facilitate and maximize muscle growth, water is the key. Not just for hydration or electrolyte absorption but also because it has a weight that we must not forget about.
Your muscles “feed” on this liquid–they retain it and grow faster when they have more of it available (which results in larger muscles).
How To Control Weight Gain In The First Months Of Training
Exercise and weight gain is a tricky thing. In the first place, not all people are going to put on pounds when they start exercising in their sport of choice nor do they always lose it at the same rate or proportion as others. For example, you might see someone put a few pounds on during their first few months but after eight to twelve weeks into exercise, your body should be burning more calories than you’re consuming (which means an energy balance that’s negative).
If this doesn’t happen there could be something wrong with your dieting habits – meaning a heavier person just needs one day where we burn off 500-1000 extra calories for them; if following these tips regularly then over time that can lead to some real weight loss!
If when you start exercising, you excessively increase the presence of carbohydrates and fats in your menus (sports whet your appetite), the weight gain will not be the “fault” of the development of your muscles, but of the extra calories.
If you follow a healthy and varied diet, combine aerobic and strength exercise, and respect the rest periods after exercising, you should not worry about not losing weight in the first months of training.
Your body is regulating its own metabolism to respond to new nutritional and energy needs, and your muscles are gaining strength and volume. Everything is going well. You just have to continue with perseverance and a little patience. Thus, in a few months, you will see the good results of your effort.
If you are looking to lose weight instead, there are a lot of things one can do-including fasting which has its own health risks. Weight gain in the first few months is due to many factors like building muscle mass and water retention that should max out at around three weeks or sooner if the person exercises regularly; so this article was meant for those who exercise but worry about not losing weight when they start because they have gained some pounds from bulking up during their workouts. They just need a little patience as everything should happen within a year’s time frame if regular nutritional habits such as healthy eating with no fast food and aerobic/strength training continue uninterrupted.