why am I gaining weight instead of losing it

  • Advice please! It's been 2 weeks since I started daily burn and I can tell is working, I feel stronger and tighter, but I've gained 8 pounds. I'm doing the true beginner program since I'm coming back from just having a baby and working out everyday- somedays even doing extra videos. I know muscle weighs more than fat and perhaps I'm gaining muscle but it's super discouraging to see the number on the scale going up instead of down. I'm avoiding daily weighings, trying to only do it once our twice a week. I've changed my diet and reduced the amount of food I'm eating daily and on top of that I'm breastfeeding- which is supposed to burn extra calories. How can I start shedding pounds?!

    Gaelyn17   by: Gaelyn17
  • 3 votes
    Coachcorinne  3 months ago by: Coachcorinne

    Try to avoid the scale. A better way to gage progress is measurements. Too much emphasis has been placed on the numbers on the scale. Take measurements! I am a personal trainer and gymnastics coach (I signed up for the free trial out of curiosity). I don't weigh my clients. I take measurements and photos! Make sure you are drinking enough water. Also, it's important to remember you did just have a baby. Your body is still adjusting to inflammation caused by the pregnancy and birth. Hormones are also balancing back out. These all play major roles. Worry less about the scale and place more emphasis on how you look and more importantly how you feel.

    • Treesa
      Treesa 21 days ago

      I agree with Coach Corinne I have lost about 20 lbs since May but for the last month I have been fluctuating I'll lose than gain, I decided to take measurements when I had only lost a lb or two for over a month, then I found I lost almost 4 inches off my waist, and around 3 off my hips and shoulders. So please don't give up they say muscle weighs more then fat.

    • GreatBasinMom
      GreatBasinMom 10 days ago

      I'm in the same boat over here. I'm the same weight as I was when I started and my photos don't show much on my body but I can see the difference in my face and in my arms and I feel it all day long and not just in soreness, it is in how much better I feel in breathing and doing just daily tasks in life, so it is working. I did not put on 50 lbs in two weeks, It is going to take some time to get it back off. Patience and persistence, my friend :)

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    MamaTupper  3 months ago by: MamaTupper

    You are most likely gaining MUSCLE instead of fat. Muscle weighs more than fat so as long as you feel like it is working and you are seeing your body tone up then don't worry so much about the scale.

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    jesicalynn  3 months ago by: jesicalynn

    I'm not sure anyone can really answer that. Muscle does not weigh more than fat; a pound of muscle is a pound of fat, however fat takes up more in your body (muscle looks smaller, fat looks bigger) so if you are looking smaller, your clothes fit better and your measurements are going down, then it probably is muscle gain (Which is good) who cares if the scale is higher if you are feeling better about yourself? Your weight is simply the amound of gravity it takes to hold you down, muscle and fat are equal in that sense. Don't look to the scale too much for your self esteem; everyone is different.
    Are you overall feeling better?
    Are you in a better mood?
    Do you have more energy?
    Are your clothes fitting a little better?
    Do you like the way your body is changing?
    Are you happier with the way you are looking?

    I hope this helps. I know the daily burn always has that weigh in button... don't let it run your life. You said you are feeling stronger and that is so much more important than a number on a scale. Keep up the good work.
    Jessica

    • knlacey1
      knlacey1 about 1 month ago

      Great advice, I just think it's important to differentiate between mass and volume. A square foot of fat weighs less than a square foot of muscle. Muscle by volume has more mass.

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    asmith13  3 months ago by: asmith13

    Are you making sure your getting the right calorie to exercise ratio? You may not be getting enough calories and your body is going into fight or flight mode and holding onto excess fats for fear it won't get the food it needs. Please look at your height and weight and determine the calories you should be consuming. Also, if your doing extra workouts and breastfeeding you need to compensate for those as well. Your body is probably confused with all the deficit and not letting go of what it needs to thrive.

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    morrilin  3 months ago by: morrilin

    You're probably gaining muscle in place of fat, Muscle weighs more than fat, but it's leaner - more compact. So maybe check your measurements. Even though you've gained pound(s) you probably have lost inches. Hence that lovely tight, strong, no-jiggle feel!

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