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December 26, 2011 11:41 AM
I have read somewhere that muscle soreness can be accopanied by weight gain as the muscles retain water. Is this correct and if so is there a set amount of weight that can be attributed to this, or a certain intensity of workout that would result in this.

I started back doing the 30DS yesterday and today have sore arms, legs and bum lol. Noticed I am up 1lb (not really worried about such a small amount) but was curious if it may be due to the muscle soreness.

Hope everyone is having a great holiday!
December 26, 2011 1:47 PM
It might be, I don't know enough about how the body works to know for certain. But I've heard that our bodies can fluctuate 2 lbs give or take from day to day. There are so many variable factors working at any given time in out bodies that there's really no way to know why your seeing that 1 lbs. Make note of it and do your normal tracking, see what the trend is.
December 26, 2011 1:51 PM
Yes, I researched that a while back and confirmed to my satisfaction that weight gain can and does occur in the muscle buildling process. That is no biggie. I've been up 1-3 lbs at a time and it always comes back down. Certainly exercising and healthy muscle building is the most wonderful thing! Keep up the great work and don't worry about it. 30DS is so great. You may spend the entire time sore, but you just keep on keeping on. Take at least one day off a week. And take before and after pictures. You got this!
  8797781
December 26, 2011 1:56 PM
Whenever you do resistance training, especially when you first start or first start back after a while, they body starts increasing the amount of glycogen the muscles can store and glycogen is stored in 3x as much water, so a quarter pound of glycogen is stored in 3/4 pounds of water, meaning a pound of gain. This is a necessary step to be able to gain actual muscle after 6+ months of resistance training. Just know that it isn't actually muscle mass gained at this point.
December 26, 2011 5:16 PM
I gained 3 lbs after my first attempt at JM 30 Day shred. The weight disappeared with the muscle soreness. Don't worry about it.
It will go away...
  2608956
December 26, 2011 5:24 PM
QUOTE:

I have read somewhere that muscle soreness can be accopanied by weight gain as the muscles retain water. Is this correct and if so is there a set amount of weight that can be attributed to this, or a certain intensity of workout that would result in this.

I started back doing the 30DS yesterday and today have sore arms, legs and bum lol. Noticed I am up 1lb (not really worried about such a small amount) but was curious if it may be due to the muscle soreness.

Hope everyone is having a great holiday!
True. Water is needed for muscle repair. As your body becomes more accustomed to exercise, then you don't get as sore and the water retention lessens.


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  9285851
December 26, 2011 5:25 PM
Yes, it is true. The gain is related to the healing process in the muscles - one of the chemicals released is hydrophilic.

When I lift, and shift my weight upwards, I can gain as much as 4 lb. I just accept it as one of those things. The gain goes with the ache.

I think you're right not to worry about it.
  10095468
May 12, 2012 9:05 AM
I came across this topic as I was searching Google for the same answers. I have been working out pretty solid for about 4 weeks now but tried a new exercise routine, the 10 minute solutions target toning the other day. The next day I was so absolutely sore and my scale said I had gained 7 POUNDS! That was overnight. I was like WHAT?! That's when a friend informed me about your muscles retaining water to repair. I had dropped it all plus 1lb today but after working out, it seems to be rising again. Would I still be retaining water even if I've been working out since it's a new routine for me? I wanted to do this particular one every other day since I can feel it working. I hope my body gets used to it cry
  20888960
January 4, 2013 6:54 AM
I think I'm experiencing this right now! frown
January 4, 2013 10:56 AM
Princess, I tend to gain a little the day after every time I lift - and it's worse when I step it up a bit. I'd just not look at the scales, if it's worrying you. After all, it's fitness and inches that really matters, isn't it?
  10095468
January 6, 2013 11:15 AM
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Princess, I tend to gain a little the day after every time I lift - and it's worse when I step it up a bit. I'd just not look at the scales, if it's worrying you. After all, it's fitness and inches that really matters, isn't it?


It is! Just very difficult to get my head around for some reason! lol

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