The streak is over, kids. I gained 1.5 pounds this week. I had to take a sad ping pong ball out of the jar. Although I’ve been eating an extra meal replacement on work-out days, my ramped up my exercise levels at the gym are the culprit. From discussions with my dietitian and some online research, it’s a little bit more complicated than, “muscle weighs more than fat.”
From a post on SparkPeople,
When you start doing more exercise, your body begins storing more fuel in your muscle cells, where it can be used easily and quickly to fuel your workouts. The process of converting glucose (carbohydrates) into fuel that your muscles actually store and use (glycogen) requires three molecules of water for every molecule of glucose. As your muscles are building up glycogen stores, your body has to retain extra water for this purpose. That’s what causes most of the initial weight gain or lack of weight loss. This is a good thing—not something to worry about.
We’ll play the wait-and-see game next week to find out how things level out. I got a supportive email from my dietitian with these encouraging words:
Just do not get down on yourself. Adding in this exercise component is going to pay off in the end. As your body builds more muscle you will be burning more calories at rest. It just may take a few weeks for your body to adjust. Keep up the good work and I know you will see the benefit!
Here’s hoping that sad little ping pong gets to go back in with his buddies next week.