When a sedentary or somewhat inactive individual starts an exercise program, several changes occur in the body to respond to this new exercise stimulus.
The sum of these changes can add a bit to the scale, despite your hopes for the exact opposite.
First of all, the muscles can increase in size, and the added protein in the muscle actually stores additional water. The body will also start to store more sugar in the muscles, and again, water storage plays a role here as well.
Several enzymes that process oxygen will also increase in quantity within the muscle cells. And if this isn’t enough, your connective tissues will toughen and thicken, and your total blood volume can increase by up to one pound within a week.
All of this better prepares your body for more frequent exercise bouts, and helps to improve your workout efficiency.
At this point, you’re probably wondering what can be done to mitigate these effects? The answer is not much, and you don’t want to either.
The key is to be consistent with your workouts, and avoid the scale if you’re likely to get discouraged by what you see. It’s important to remember that this is simply your body adapting to exercise. You will be better able to perform higher calorie burning exercises with your stronger muscles.
And when you lose the fat around these muscles, you will uncover a lean and athletic physique.
Believe us when we say, your weight will trend down in the long run as you continue your program. Some of the beginners we train at our gym in North Tampa might see a slow start, but the ones that stick at it and never miss a workout are the ones that experience a true transformation of their bodies.
Don’t forget the old adage: good things come to those who wait!