I have been exercising now as part of the Million Pound Challenge. I am trying to lose weight, but instead I have gained weight. Could this be muscle?
It could be muscle weight that you have gained. Muscle does weigh more the fat, per square inch. When you exercise you can increase your muscle and decrease your fat, giving you a larger number on the scale but a smaller size.
Many times people gain weight when they start an exercise program because they start to eat more. A common mistake people make is interpreting their thirst as hunger. When you start an exercise program it is important to make sure you are getting enough water. The average 150 pound person needs about 64oz. of water each day. During a workout you need to take in additional fluids. Most people do not get the basic 64 ounces. When they start a new exercise program they feel “starved” and eat. Instead of eating they should be hydrating and eating only their recommended daily nutrition.
You could have increased your muscle and decreased your fat. I hope that is your case. I recommend that you pay attention to your fitness level, nutrition, and how you fit in your clothes. The number on the scale is not the most important thing. Your fitness level, health and wellness through Jesus are. Keep up the good work. The weight will come off.
Titus 3:14 NKJ “And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.”