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15 Jun 2004

I find that when I start exercising, my clothes start getting tighter and I weigh more whereas I'm trying to loose weight. I'm not eating significantly more than I did before. Why is this ?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Nomsa

You are not alone in this, many people find that it happens when they start training. You will probably find that the weight gain happens right at the beginning. The reasons for this are an increase in plasma (literally, you make more blood), and an increase in muscle mass as a result of training. This is not necessarily a bad thing, mind you, and I would encourage you not to get too demotivated by this. It should start to level off, and then, you will be able to start seeing the results (not that an increase in lean mass is not seeing results). I think it's important to also maintain perspective when training - your goal is not necessarily to lose kilograms and judge your success by the scale, but to reduce fat mass and possibly increse lean muscle mass, and so from that point of view, a slight increase at the start is not necessarily a bad way to go.

Good luck
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