Why do I always gain weight within 24 hrs of body weight training?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 17, 2012 at 12:00 AM

I always seem to gain 1-3 lbs of weight post workout. It's only mild body wt training including 3 sets of chinups, wall pushups, incline pushups, dips, plank, parallel bar leg lifts, ring hanging, assisted or free squats. Only 25-50 of each in each set (3 chinups). I'm recovering from chronic fatigue (B12 deficient and post Lyme 5 yrs with ? methylation block) (taking B12, B6, multi, mangesium, folate and melatonin 1/2 the time since I have so much alertness) so I don't work out to fatigue as that made me crash for days if not a couple of weeks when I did. So I take it real easy with body wt training. I hike with the dog at least 1 1/2 hrs every day and try to get in a 3-4 hr hike once or twice a week. That does not make me crash.

So I seem to gain wt every time after body weight sessions. I use the scale just out of curiosity but I don't let it guide me. I take multiple body point measurements and am slowly but surely losing fat and see/feel that I'm gaining muscle. But why do I gain after workouts and then lose it by the end of the week? I work out fasted and eat a normal brunch post workout (4 bacon, 3 eggs, 1/2 grapefruit) like other brunches. Can you put that much muscle on in one workout and lose that much fat at the same time?



on June 17, 2012
at 12:50 AM

As long as it doesn't become an OCD thing that halts progress, I think it's a good thing for someone to weight themselves multiple times a day for a week. There is no better way to overcome the idea that weight fluctuates a TON. I know people who have literally become obsessed with that number and there is no better way to show people how irrelevant it is until they have a ton of weigh-in numbers to show the variability.



on June 17, 2012
at 12:47 AM

Why are you weighing yourself every time you train?

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on June 17, 2012
at 12:07 AM

The body creates inflammation after training. Water retention is a byproduct of inflammation. A long hike + any training is going to cause this. Obviously it's temporary, but it could explain it. Like you said, muscle growth could also be contributing to the 1-3 lbs you see.

Either way, 1-3 lbs on a scale isn't much at all. I've noticed 5-8 lb swings in just fluids, bowel build-up/release and other factors in the span of as little as 12 hours.

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