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gaining weight but losing inches

So last week I had lost 6 pounds by staying under my calorie limit (1450) and going to the gym and swimming or walking. Now this week I've done a group strength class and done some fencing which is toning more than is cardio and my weight has gone up almost back to my original weight! I've stayed within the calorie limit except maybe a couple times going over a couple hundred but always been under 2000 which I've been told should keep my weight the same. And then when I measured myself I had lost about an inch all over my body. So did muscle really replace fat that quickly and does it really weigh that much more?? Or is my scale just broken? Please help, Im so confused.

Fri. Aug 31, 9:44am

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I think this is a combination of a few factors:

1. The weight you lose on the first week is most or all water weight.
2. By slipping up, you probably gained the water back.
3. Your scale may be skewed too.
4. Period weight?

Friday, August 31, 2007, 9:50 AM

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Don't get discouraged! Yes, when you use muscles you haven't in a while, they gain water, expand, and weight alot more than fat! So, even though you're on track, you're muscles probably feel bigger, heavier, firmer. I always hate that! When i started dieting, i didn't work out until I lost 10 pounds so when i did start working out and the scale went up, i knew it wasn't fat.

Friday, August 31, 2007, 10:09 AM

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It's because you didn't lose 6 lbs of FAT last week. That is near impossible (or healthy) to do. You lost mostly water weight from not eating enough. The gain back you see now is just your body regulating itself. It takes time for muscle "weight" to show up (some people will see a temporary gain the day after weights due to swelling that happens in the muscles, but it goes away in a day) so that isn't really happening here.

Keep exercising, keep eating right, don't over do it (but don't underdo it too!) and the weight will really come off before you know it!

Friday, August 31, 2007, 12:26 PM

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