How Can I Weigh More if My Cloths are Loose?

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Question: I have been working out for a month and feel so much better physically, mentally and emotionally but I have gained 3 pounds. That plays with my head even though my clothes are looser. Why have I gained weight?
Answer: Since you have never worked out before this is normal. That may not sit well with your perception of being successful in the gym but you already expressed the other beneficial aspects you experienced from your training. When you begin training, your muscles are sore at first from what is referred to as DOMS ( Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). One of the Aspects is that your muscles actually swell just a small amount. As you continue to workout, your muscles respond to the work load placed on them by demanding more amino acids for tissue repair. So you should have added more protein to your daily food consumption. You should have decreased the amount of fat you eat and adjusted the type of carbohydrates to being a greater amount of low-glycemic index carbs which have a greater amount of fiber and generally more nutritional value. Since your muscles are over 65% water, you need to be drinking more water. All this tends to add weight at a cellar level. This means more weight on the scale. The positive side effect of this is that you are actually smaller and your clothes are looser. If you had your body fat calculated before you began and after a month you probably would see a decrease there in spite of the scale.
With all of the positive results from your training, you seem to be investing in a good program. Keep it up and set new goals to keep your attitude and program working as well as it has been.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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