4 Reasons You’re Gaining Weight Even Though You’re Working Out

As a Personal Trainer & Beachbody Coach, I work with tons of people on a daily basis to get them started on their fitness and weight loss journey, but one of the biggest complaints I hear within the first few days or even weeks of working out, is “I’m still gaining weight! This isn’t working!” Then they end up quitting their fitness program.  I want to tell you, to keep going, if you are in this boat!   Why? Because in most cases, this weight gain is only temporary and will correct itself pretty quickly.

For most people in this boat, you are not gaining fat, but instead it is water weight.  When you are working out, you are building muscle which means that you are tearing your muscle fibers and then your body is working hard to repair and heal those tears.  When this happens, your muscles become inflamed, which signal your body to go into healing mode which requires a lot of fluid to facilitate the healing process.  Eventually, your body will realize that you are simply building muscle and it will not go into heavy inflammation mode.   So stick with it and keep on working out with your program.

However, there may be other factors to consider and tips to help you combat them:

  • Poor Diet: You can’t out exercise a bad diet, so if you are working out consistently but eating a poor diet, chances are you will still gain weight. Focus on Eating Clean, which means not consuming tons of foods loaded with preservatives, junk, and refined sugars.  To learn more about Clean Eating, check out my free Clean Eating Guide to help you – www.cleaneatingguide.com.
  • Not Eating Enough: Also, if you are not eating enough, you could also gain weight. You could actually be creating hormonal imbalances or causing your body to hold on to fat to use for energy.  If you are using a Beachbody home fitness program, then you have a Nutrition Guide that you will help you figure out what to eat to help you reach your goals. Also, you can start to add Shakeology to your daily routine to make sure that you are getting enough of the nutrients and vitamins you need to fuel your body. (To grab your Fitness Program and Shakeoogy, click here)
  • Stress: If you are overstressed with work, your relationships, personal life, etc, your body could be releasing the stress hormone Cortisol into your body, which can definitely cause you to gain weight, especially in your midsection.  Try to find ways to relax and unwind, try journaling, going for a walk after work, having a date night with your spouse, or even working on a budget to help you manage your finances. Ideally, find ways to reduce your stress and you may see a difference.
  • Medical Conditions: Some of you may have a medical condition or an underlying condistion that you are not aware of, which may require you to schedule an appointment with your doctor to check on other factors like your thyroid, adrenal glands, and other factors.

Hopefully, this helps you to get more understanding about why you may be gaining weight and also to give you some clarity to keep you on track to reaching your goals. If you have other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me and we can work on a plan to get you back on track!

If you need more help to get on track with your weight loss, let’s set up a free chat.  Click here to get on my schedule! I’m looking forward to speaking with you! 

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One thought on “4 Reasons You’re Gaining Weight Even Though You’re Working Out

  1. Great info, Allison! I actually gained when I started on my journey. I knew this was normal (although, it is very frustrating), so I did stick with it and lost 35 pounds! It is also very true that you can’t out exercise a poor diet. I love food, so staying at my weight is a challenge. I think sometimes we beat ourselves up when we have a day we eat things we know are killing our diet. I found I can maintain my weight doing this, but not lose more. To lose more, I do need to concentrate on my diet more. Very solid advice!

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