So lately, I've been working out 6 days a week (outside of my martial arts training). I've been drinking more water. My clothes are fitting good. I do admit that I struggle with macros (either I go over 1525 or its way too low). Well, I got on the scale today (well...yesterday) and it ruined my whole day. I've gained 4 lbs. It may seem like such a small number but it put me in the direction that I wasn't going in. I'm supposed to be cutting weight, not maintaining or bulking. sigh. I feel like I'm in a rut. I know that I've got a lot of work ahead of me. But, now it feels as if my load has doubled.
thesilentchef thesilentchef
31-35, F
2 Responses Apr 10, 2016

Gaining muscle is good

That may be a destructive way to think. I'd advise against it. If you've got a good program, trust in it and follow it the best you can. Don't beat yourself up over occasional deviations, just try to minimize their incidence and duration. STAY AWAY from the scale. Weigh yourself once a month, two weeks max. The impact of changing habits occurs over longer time periods. The more closely you observe, the more apt you are to discourage yourself.

Thanks Woody!

No problem. The other poster is right too: gaining muscle is good. Typically at the start of any program you'll gain weight before you lose it as you gain muscle faster than you lose fat. Muscle is also heavier, but more important has higher energy requirements. The new muscle-fat ratio equals a higher metabolism.

You'll want to support the process with a higher protein diet.

It will initially leave you heavier and feeling bulkier and that can be off-putting. As I said before, trust in your program and avoid frequent trips to the scale, mirror or naked selfie.