What The F... I am Gaining Weight!

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If you are like the rest of us who started a new program or workout, you are probably stepping on the scale this morning and possibly thinking WTF! So let's address the elephant in the room. Program Weight Gain!

New Program Weight Gain

Ok let me start this by saying, gaining weight your first few weeks of a new program is rare! Now - please if you fall into this category don't think something is wrong with you - because you are totally normal! But across the board most people are seeing the scale drop. 3lbs, 5lbs some even 6 or more. Then there are others  {insert hand raise here} that are gaining 2-3lbs. K, let me break it down for you.

When you start a new program, whether it's 80 Day Obsession or any regime you are going to be using muscle groups that you haven't hit in a very long time. If we are really honest, they might even be muscles that you haven't even hit before! Or you could be an even bigger bada** and increased your weights to  a higher set. These muscle groups are going to start retaining more water. They are going through this "tear and repair" phase, which means they are filling with fluid, to protect themselves, but also it helps in muscle growth. That muscle growth = your body turning into a FAT BURNING machine!

A Marathon Not A Sprint

Ok so the second reason that it's not a accurate to measure your results in week 1 - you can't really realistic progress in just one week. ESPECIALLY if you don't have a lot of weight to lose. I am talking about those that are wanting to shed the last 5-12 lbs. That often is the hardest weight to lose. If you have 30, 40 or 50lbs to lose, and you are doing a huge overhaul in your diet, the water retention you are losing based on diet changes is going to be more than the water retention in your muscles. Bottom line, the less weight you have to lose, the longer its going to take to see the needle on the scale move.

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Timed Nutrition

So this topic of timed nutrition, I am talking to all of you who started the new 80 day obsession program. Timed nutrition is a very new concept to a lot of us, including myself. I have done portion control, intermittent fasting, using my bodies cue's to letting me know I was hungry, but I have not done timed nutrition. So this is new to me right now and guess what's happening right now... bloat! This is because I have been having so many much more vegetables, fiber rich & green veggies. Broccoli, cauliflower {wait that's still in the fridge}, spinach, kale, brussell sprouts. All really amazing greens that I love and that I could eat all day long. I really could. And if you have added in supplements like the Performance Line or Shakeology, you are filling your body with this amazing dense nutrition that if you have had it, could still be a long time since your body has been fueled this way. Naturally its kind of like whoaaaaa, what's going on, and it's trying to figure out what to do with all this awesomeness that's coming into it. Be patient. Allow the process to happen, and trust it.

Mother Effing Nature

We are women, right. I don't know about you, but my weight can change on the scale weekly. Which is why I tend to stay off that thing. Monthly, my weight changes, because uh {TMI fellas} mother effing nature. I was joking with a friend that just started 21 Day Fix, and I said, there is probably a week during a month that I feel like a ROCKSTAR on the scale. One cycle just finished, and there is this week and a half or so time period before my body is gearing up for the next one. Which is just so rude of my body, and hormones, but it is what it is. We can't let that derail us where we say ok I am going to go eat crappy now for two weeks while we go through our cycle and fill our bodies with crap. If you have been following me for awhile you know that I have been eating really clean, mostly plant based since about August. And GUESS WHAT, the fluctuation in my weight around that time of the month still happens. Its impossible to manipulate our hormones in that regard naturally.  As women each month we go on this roller coaster internally, so embrace that.

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Roll With It

Here is what I suggest. Once a month, on the same day of the month, use that as your guide in weight loss if you must step on the scale. Now you can take photo's every single week, because you  could potentially see the visual changes, but you can't expect to see a change on the scale each and every week. There are too many variables. Don't get discouraged! If you are experiencing weight gain in the first week, 2nd, or even 3rd week of this new program, or any program you are following, and give your body time to adjust. Trust the process. This is a 3 month journey we are on. Not a 21 day program, but 80 days to see what we can do internally, to see how we can challenge ourselves, how we can stay on our game, and really and truly feel the difference when we have such structure in our life. Give yourself grace ladies. You got this.

If you aren't already a part of our MomStrong Community we would love to have you! Wave two of 80 Day Obsession is going to be starting soon! You can get more info there, or let me shoot you some more information by filling out the form below.


14 comments

Francesca Giannattasio

I dont think it’’s “rare” at all to gain weight during a new work-out program. In fact, every time I start a new routine I gain a few pounds for a couple of weeks before I see a big drop. Your article is just a buzz kill for people starting a new program. Positivity is key! Don’t use words like rare, it makes the rest of us feel like we’re not doing enough! (Lost 40 lbs, size 6)
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I appreciate your comment and it's perspective. And I think if read in its entirety, it's positive. But I also address facts that some are unaware of, when starting a new program. Sorry you felt one word is a buzz kill for the point behind the article. Again, appreciate you being a reader!
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Thanks for the great article! I just started 80 Day OB and love it so far, but I stepped on the scale today and whoa, up 4 lbs! My hubby lovingly reassured me it's likely water retention. At the end of the day, I'm fueling my body with healthy food and working some muscles that haven't been worked in a long time!
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YES! He's likely right. Water retention, plus your blood volume has increased with the introduction of the weight training, so that will come into play too! But as long as you keep your water up and get the rest your body needs that will drop soon! Do you have a goal of weight loss? And are you connected to a group to help you along the way?
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Thanks so much for this post. I started and made it to day 10 gaining versus losing. I want trying to lose but I didn't want to GAIN! I was like, "wtf?!!" So I started over thinking I wasnt giving it my all or something. Now I'm on day 6 again and still gaining. I typically stay around 122 and now I'm 126!! It's not muscle gain yet so this is frustrating me to no end. I also gave up caffeine, coffee, (the occasional) adderall--which I'm prescribed, and I'm not taking anti-bloat pills (because they contain caffeine) which I took from time to time because I bloat so easily. This is a lot of changes and my body is adjusting. Funny thing is yesterday I told myself, "just trust the process."
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Thanks for commenting Sally, and congrats for staying committed. Definitely DO NOT give up. But, let me ask, are you tracking your food intake? Like every bite? Maybe there's a small tweak that can be made? Also, how's your hydration? Stress? Sleep? A lot of variables come into play, and you definitely are adding muscle, so that will add some weight, but let's exhaust everything else. Since you don't have a lot of weight to lose, you won't see a huge shift on the scale, when it's a 5-10 lb variance! Please feel free to email me directly so I can help you!
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Chalee Nyenhuis

I didn't think it was a buzz kill at all! I think it makes a lot of sense and pointed out things that. even as an avid person who works out, have never even thought of! Today was my day 6 of the 80 day obsession. I've gained 3 pounds this week and I feel heavy. I almost wanted to give up because I was nervous I was started to bulk up. BUT, this article really made me decide to stick with it. So Thanks for writing it and sharing the facts with us! Facts are what motivate me. Not fluff.
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I'm so happy to hear this was helpful, girlfriend!! Keep pressing along, leverage your Coach and their support to keep you on track to succeed!!!
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Omg! I was getting so discouraged! Like how can I eat this clean and work out 6 days a week and the scale isn’t moving! I’m going to keep at it! I feel stronger and have so much energy! I’m on week 2!
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Sara!! You go girl! Thank you for taking the time to share here. I'm here to push you as you need.
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AHHHH so glad I found this post!! Makes so much sense!! I'm 1 wk away from being 1 year post partum. SO I definitely have that baby weight I want to lose. I completed 21day fix 1st and lost 8 over all … currently i'm on day 16 of 80DO this weekend I weighed (I do not weigh daily just weekly) and I went up 5lbs and then last night just for kicks I was down 3 again . . .. The water retention makes so much sense now! I was really kinda discouraged thinking …… ok well diet wise I'm good but is this not enough? Do I need to do an additional workout or just change all together? Thanks for your post :)
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Hey Jamie! Glad it was helpful. No, you shouldn't have to supplement with more workouts, but perhaps tweak some things with your nutrition. Do you track your meals somewhere? if so, happy to take a look to give you some feedback or ideas?
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Thank you for this. I have about 100 pounds to lose, did 21 day fix, didn't lose an ounce. Just finished phase 1 of 80 day obsession, up five pounds. The only place I've lost significant inches is my thighs, my waist is still big, my clothes don't fit any differently. My husband says he can tell my body is changing shape and he tells he I'm focusing on the wrong things but I am just so over weight that I'm in a hurry to start seeing SOMETHING. I'm definitely stronger. But oh so frustrated!
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Hi Nicole! Are you following the meal plans that came with the programs?
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