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Why the scale goes UP when I'm working hard: An Answer!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I recently decided to add my Jillian Michaels' 30-Day Shred DVD back into my workout schedule for a month. I've done this DVD in the past and it's great; I get a quick but intense workout that gives noticeable results in cardio, toning, and strength.

The problem? Every time I start this program I see changes in my body but often not on the scale for a couple of weeks. This is the third time I've done the program and, true to form, I have actually gained weight in the first week and a half--just like the last two times.

It's frustrating to work hard and track all my food and not see a number drop, especially because I'm doing a weight loss challenge and am accountable to a team. I know that eventually I'll get a nice loss, but it may take a while, and I started to wonder why I always have this problem when I pick up this workout. After some looking around, I finally found this article by Chalene Johnson that explains why the scale goes up every time I start an intense workout. Aha! Answers that make sense!


My weigh-in is on Saturday, so we'll see where I land at that point. I'm hoping for a loss, but I know I just have to stick with my plan and that this is only temporary. Here's hoping a nice weight drop comes before the end of the challenge in a couple of weeks. My challenge goal is in view ... I wanna get there!
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    Thank you so-o-o much for writing about this!!! I've been struggling with the same issue and I know the frustration of working hard, tracking, and still seeing the scale go up rather than down first hand. I'm really glad you found this article. Thank you! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2803 days ago
    I am right there with you on that frustration with the scale. Thank you for sharing.
    2961 days ago
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    Wow, I didn't realize we were having issues with our scales, we both blogged
    about our love/hate gadget. emoticon emoticon
    I understand your frustration..you will see the difference. Don't give up.
    I understand how it's working now and why the numbers go up at times.
    Keep it up your doing great!

    Let's continue on after the last weigh in.. emoticon emoticon
    2980 days ago
    emoticon Good Luck - that would be frustrating
    2987 days ago
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