Have you gained weight after starting to exercise? Are you working out but gaining weight? What’s happening to you right now is perfectly normal. Most people who have just started to work out go through this phase. Initial weight gained after starting an exercise program is a temporary problem caused by muscle soreness, muscle gain, water retention and other factors. If you have a balanced diet, there’s nothing to worry about. Exercise itself does not cause weight gain.
Let’s see the real reasons why you’ve gained weight after starting to exercise:
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
Most people who have started to exercise, especially those engaged in strength training, experience a form of muscle soreness known as DOMS. Every time you lift weights, you’re causing microscopic tears and trauma to the muscles. This helps your body develop stronger muscle fibers, which leads to muscle growth and development. However, if you’ve just started to work out, you’ll experience delayed onset muscle soreness.
DOMS is a normal response to strenuous exercise. Your body is trying to protect and defend the targeted muscle group. The pain is generally at its worst within the first two says following a new workout plan. As a result, your muscles will become inflamed and retain water. The scale will show a 3- to 4-pound weight gain in the next few weeks. So don’t worry – those extra pounds are not FAT, but water.
Weight gain after starting to exercise can be discouraging to most people. Luckily, it’s a temporary issue that doesn’t affect everyone. Some people recover after a few days, while other may need two or three weeks to return to their initial weight. While you may not be able to prevent muscle soreness completely, there are a few things you can do to reduce its symptoms. For the start, get more rest and warm up before your next workout routine. Try a massage or an ice bath to reduce muscle pain and swelling.
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