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January 18, 2011 5:55 PM
When the weather got too cold to run outdoors, I started up the 30 day shred (about October). 2 weeks in I had gained about 4 pounds. I felt stronger, so kept with it for another week & then I had a midterms and all my spare time turned to studying rather than exercise. Within a week or so of quitting the Shred- all my weight gain had dropped plus another 3 pounds!
Two weeks ago I started round two of the Shred. I am day 14 tonight. I skipped level one & started back at level two. Again- feeling stronger but up 3 pounds! I have increased my fluid intake this time, thinking perhaps it was water retention & am VERY careful about sodium intake. Has anyone else had weight gain with the Shred? I'd like to think it's muscle, but I read it's nearly impossible to put on that much muscle weight in such a short period. I guess as long as it comes off eventually, I am happy... It just doesn't seem "normal" to me to be gaining weight while working out, and then lose it once stopping. My birthday is in two weeks & I'd like to be "skinny" for my birthday & not feel my clothes digging into my thighs (which by the way are gigantic because I suddenly have a muscle in there!). I wonder if I need to take the week off before my birthday just to lose this weight I seem to be packing on & stop bulking up. By the way, I use 5 pound weights... Maybe that's too much? I really push myself thru it because I do only have that 20-30 mins per day to workout.
  1431641
January 18, 2011 6:01 PM
sounds odd but not too odd..i myself have lost pounds doing it but i have only done level 1.. and i used to use the weights now i dont...be interesting what responses u get
January 18, 2011 6:02 PM
i would say that if stopping the Shred helps you lose weight then do that. Maybe its the excessive working out that is putting on weight. It may be impossible to gain muscle weight so fast, but maybe not if you're really pushing yourself like you said. I'm not sure. Skinny isn't good for anyone, but if its just for your birthday maybe its okay.
  2969672
January 18, 2011 6:03 PM
I had some weight gain with it too, but I lost a bunch of weight first, so maybe not the same problem. Instead of looking at your weight on the scale, maybe check your measurements and see if they are any different. I'd rather weigh more with muscle than less with the flab. Who knows? Good luck!
January 18, 2011 6:08 PM
I can't explain it, but it's the same for me. I gained a few pounds but I lost a pant size, I wish I would have taken measurements before, so idk how many inches I lost but someone told my fiance that I looked like I had lost about 20 lbs since the last time she'd seen me! (even though I lost none and actually gained 3-5 lbs).
January 18, 2011 6:30 PM
I am glad I am not the only one! That's a relief & helps motivate me to complete the 30 days. I have not had my clothes get any looser yet (actually they are getting tighter) but maybe just maybe my "muffin top" isn't as flabby lol. I feel stronger & I feel muscles now all over my body. I was just concerned with getting bulky & not slimming down. I am moving onto level 3 tomorrow, although I must say every level is a challenge depending on how hard you push! I don't feel like I am going to throw up anymore on level two like I did the first few days (it had been a few months since a work out & I jumped into that!) but I still feel like I am going to die with each circuit (especially circuit 2- oblique twists & pendulum rows how I loathe you!) lol. I was nervous to start level 3, but I am going to take the challenge & hopefully have the same good results.
  1431641
October 17, 2011 8:01 PM
so glad i stumbled onto this post. I was starting to wonder what i was doing wrong.

I am on day 12 of the 30 DS on level 1 and i too gained weight after my first week (i way in weekly). i gained1.2 kilos!!!!

Do you all eat back you exersise calories & what do you log it under??
  5203098
November 20, 2011 12:11 PM
Me too. I have done the shred for 2 days and have gained 2 lbs, but my BF percentage has gone down. I am wondering if it is fluid retention that I will lose after awhile....
  2608956
December 6, 2011 8:12 AM
I am on Day 6 and have gained 4lbs. I lost 1/2 inch from hips and waist but that's not much consolation. I can't figure out what's going on!! Any advice would be welcome!
  13129037
December 6, 2011 8:17 AM
Sounds like muscle gain not fat. I have done this, I have to take a 2 day break in between work out's, or else I find I gain or the scale doesn't move at all. But I was told when this happens, to measure yourself because even if you aren't losing the lbs you are probably losing inches.
  4563381
December 6, 2011 8:20 AM
When your muscles are sore/repairing, they retain water. You'll be heavier for a little while while the muscles are rebuilding. Just like TOM, it's water weight and will pass.
December 6, 2011 8:24 AM
I did the Shred in November, every day straight from the 1st thru the 30th. I had weight gain during the first week so avoided the scale until the 3rd week. By then the weight gain was gone and I was down 4 lbs. I have talked to a lot of people who did it and they had similar experiences. Somebody suggested it was the muscles retaining water for repair. So if you took a break then jumped a level it's probably the same thing.
March 8, 2012 8:12 AM
I signed in this morning with the purpose of finding some answers for my unwelcomed weight gain after starting the 30 day shred. I'm on day 10, but only do it every second day. I was looking forward to getting on the scale and then I saw the +3 lbs. So Discouraging. I've since had my husband hide the scale and he's agreed to let me weigh in once a week. I did take my measurements before starting so I'm hoping I'll see some progress there. I'm hoping it's just water weight from my muscles repairing or just new, bigger and better muscles that are the reason for the weight gain. Continued success everyone!
March 8, 2012 8:27 AM
Are you eating enough? I am on level 2, day 3 of the 30DS. During level 1 I was not consuming enough calories. I took 3 days off (due to illness) and the weight just came off, 1 lb a DAY, just from dieting.
When I started back up I did not lose any weight but I can tell a difference in how strong I am. I started eating a few more calories and the lbs are melting away.
Stick with it. The number on the scale is not important right now and it will pay off.
March 8, 2012 8:45 AM
I lost the weight I gained once the muscle soreness resolved. I read on another thread that the micro tears in the muscle cause fluid retention. Makes sense to me. Drink lots of water and watch your sodium intake. Stick with it, it will pay off.
  2608956
March 8, 2012 8:54 AM
I experienced the same thing. i am on day 13 (today will be day 3 of level 2) and i took 1 day off last week- but i have already gained 1 pound. Ive stayed well within my calorie limit, not eating ALL of my calories back, maybe some of them... but im never hungry enough to eat more if im supposed to. Im sticking with it because overall i look better naked every day :)
March 8, 2012 9:56 AM
I had weight gain too (from searching the internet I think it's your sore muscles retaining water) but after a few days of level 3 started to lose. And losing inches all along. So definitely stick with it. I think I searched online for every review of the 30 DS and many people said they gained weight initially (while losing inches) and then lost weight in level 3. I think people that lose a lot in the first week may have more to lose and those with less to lose might gain a little initially. But give it time.
March 12, 2012 6:47 AM
I'm on day 14 of 30 day Shred still on Level 2 at the mo. The first week I lost 3lbs but weighed myself today and I have gained 3lbs!! I can definately tell that my body is more tonned and feeling alot fitter. I did take measurements before I started and in the two weeks that i've been doing it have lost 2inches off my hips, and 2 off my waist! so it does pay off smile
  18001918
March 12, 2012 6:51 AM
I didn't gain on it but I lost more inches than weight.....which is what I was looking for.....weird.
March 12, 2012 6:52 AM
So thankful for this post. I started the 30 day shred on Feb. 1st and did it for the whole month. My weight plateaued for the WHOLE month. My husband kept telling me to be patient because I was building muscle. 2 weeks ago I stopped it and started another aerobics dvd and I have started to lose weight again. It was frustrating. Thinking about staying away from the 30 DS.
March 12, 2012 6:54 AM
I'd guess it's like you said water retention...your body does hold water (for repair) when you're strength training..3-4 pounds sonds like a lot, but I guess it's possible!
  13265241
March 12, 2012 6:57 AM
I gained weight also in the first weeks. I do it five days a week so each level is taking me two weeks. This week I lost one pound and then I got on the scale today and it says I lost three more which would be huge (and I am hesitant to even log it until I see it stays for a couple of days)because for the first two weeks I either gained weight or didn't lose any. I was becoming a little put off and I am now starting week two of level two. I am definately getting toned, I didn't take measurements but I can feel it in my clothes fitting and actually see the definition in the mirror. It is intense, like I said I am on technically day 6 I believe of level two and I still struggle on the last minute of strength, I have to put my weights down or I will drop them from being so shaky. lol.

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