Why is the Scale Going Up if I'm Working Out?

Why is the Scale Going Up if I'm Working Out?

by Crystal (SU)

It’s easy to get discouraged if you don’t see the scales going down shortly after you’ve started an exercise routine. It can be even more disheartening if the scales actually start to go up. You may think you’re doing something wrong; you may even want to quit altogether. There are many scientific reasons the scale could be increased after someone starts hitting the gym, but no matter what those numbers read, it’s always best to keep going strong. Here are some reasons why the scale may be going up if you are working out.

Reason #1:  Temporary Inflammation

Working out, especially when weight training is involved, causes little tears in your muscle fibers. That sore feeling you get after a workout is due to these tears. Your body knows how to heal this microtrauma by making your muscle fibers tougher. It’s all a part of the adaptive process that helps you become stronger and fitter. Inflammation is part of this repair process which produces healing factors and fluids and sends them to the required area. There’s weight in the fluid, and that can be reflected on the scale. Don’t worry, it’s temporary so don’t let it dissuade you from working out. Just know that your body will need to adapt, and it will take some time to do so.  It should diminish in a couple weeks.

Reason #2: Muscle Gain

The scales could be giving you a false impression of weight gain if you’re building muscle faster than you’re shedding fat. Even if they’re not looking at the scales, women may notice their thighs increasing in diameter. This is due to the increased muscle below the fat tissue. Once the fat burns off, which only happens when the regimen is continued, toned legs will soon be revealed.

Reason #3: Exercising Does Not Replace a Healthy Diet

Some people think that just because they’re working out, they can however they please. However, if you’re not maintaining a proper diet with your exercise, you could just be packing on fat on top of the muscle. While exercise burns calories, it also increases the release of a hormone called ghrelin that encourages hunger. It’s important to watch what you eat as well as your portion sizes.

Reason #4: Stress

Exercise puts your body under “good” stress which, when it’s done in tandem with a good nutrition plan, adequate rest, and recovery, will make you stronger. However, pushing yourself too hard, not alternating your exercises or giving yourself days to rest, can turn this “good” stress into “bad” stress. Be sure you’re getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, doing things to de-stress your body and mind, and creating a healthy balance in your life.

Reason #5: Water Retention

There was a time when it was thought that drinking water and staying hydrated made you bloat or put on weight. The truth is, not drinking water or staying hydrated is one of the worse things you can do if you want to burn off weight. Not only does water fuel your system, it also works to flush out waste, keeping you slim and trim.

Excess weight can affect your general health. If you are ready to lose weight and want a supportive and experienced team to help you along your journey of improved well-being, contact the experts and friendly staff at Physicians Weight Loss Centers. Our team of professionals will create a weight loss plan for your specific needs. Call 410-309-6570 to make an appointment today.