Gaining Weight On A Diet

gaining weight on a diet

A lot of us are puzzled at the start of a new diet and exercise program when we realize that before losing weight we actually gain it and have to re-learn a few facts about body weight and adjust our expectations and gauges accordingly.

Our body composition is not just fats and blood but our bones, muscle, water, ligaments and tendons all come together to form a number that is assigned as our weight. And the process of weight loss is about losing weight by losing excess fat and it rarely benefits anybody if they start losing muscle mass or water and other nutrients in an attempt to lose weight faster.

If you going from a laid-back and inactive lifestyle to one where every muscle is shaken up, every calorie has to be consumed and exercise is the highlight of the day then your body will start storing reserves of energy in the form of glycogen in your muscles. The carbohydrates you consume during the day will turn into glycogen and that would cause a substantial weight gain.

Understand that for the first couple of weeks or more your body will maintain or increase the weight because it is gaining water muscle but that in no way means that you are not losing fat. You will be healthier and your body will be getting in shape from the inside out by regulating and enhancing your metabolism that definitely serves the cause of fat loss.

It is good to gain a little bit of weight at the beginning as it means your diet is complementing your exercise regime. A lot of people cut down on the carbohydrates in their diet and start losing a lot of weight which might tug on your motivational level but don’t worry about the direct results. Having a stable and high supply of carbohydrates to the body ensures that your body retains water and can convert the nutrients into fuel that will keep your energy levels in check. Low carbohydrate levels negatively affect your energy levels and mood and are less likely to keep you focused on working out.

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Not just carbohydrates but fat and proteins also have varying influences on the water weight of an individual and lean body mass. The difference between good weights that will eventually lead to muscle building and excess fat is determined by macro-nutrient ratios in your body and taking care of your diet and making sure the diet program is essential to making it worth your while.

Diet programs tend to incorporate good wholesome foods and maintaining a calorie intake level that covers up the daily exertions of a day is always a big part of these programs. The other half is the exercise programs that would have strength training, cardio or high intensity workouts which demand a lot of energy.

Your body stores glycogen in muscles as fuel, which is 75% water and a wholly different thing that fat. When you start working out, the body increases its capacity to store them so that you can utilize more and still have a balanced energy level.

To make up for the shift in food and the excess stress on our bodies, our body stores fuel whenever we start a new exercise and diet program, but that doesn’t need to be a cause of concern for you if you know it is good weight caused by water retention instead of fat.

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