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Lifting Weight But Gaining Weight?


I started lifting to lose weight. I felt I was making progress, but I just weighed myself for the first time in a month and found I have actually gained weight. What am I doing wrong?

The only mistake you are making is letting the scale dictate how well you are doing. Muscle weighs more than fat, so if you are training hard you should expect to gain weight in the form of muscle. Even though you are gaining weight, you are most likely looking better overall. Focus on what the mirror shows. If you are looking better and you are leaner, that is a positive result. You are swapping fat for muscle, proof that your program is working.


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Diet Destroyers


Sports and energy drinks have become very popular among many sports athletes and gym-goers, but if you don’t limit consumption of these drinks you will pack on extra calories your body doesn’t need, especially on your midsection. Research suggests that your body requires only water during moderate exercise less than 60 minutes. Recommendations from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association include drinking 7-10 ounces of water during exercise, or sipping on a sports drink every 10-20 minutes during, long intense training sessions. Otherwise you should consider staying away from high-calorie energy drinks altogether. To burn off one 200 calorie Monster Energy drink, a 185 pound man would have to vigorously train with weights for 25 minutes. If you are attempting to get lean or ripped, stick with water.