weight gain vs. mass gain... and fluctuations

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    Jan 19, 2008 9:02 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    Question for the personal trainers and those of you with some body building experience....

    I'm three weeks into the MUSCLE BUILDING 12 WK PROGRAM here on RealJock.... love it! Enjoying the workout very much and looking forward to seeing some results. But lately when I step on the scale, I've been noticing that the number sometimes fluctuates as much as five pounds above or below my weight when I started the program. I'd like to just blame it on a screwy scale, but before I do so, I was just wondering if any of you had ever heard of or experienced anything like that when a fella is starting off on a program like the one I am working. Is it just my body shedding weight and gaining mass.... or what?

    Any input welcome, even if it is just to say, "Man, I think you just need to chuck the scale."

    Thanks.
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    Jan 19, 2008 10:38 PM GMT
    A five pound fluctuation is quite a bit. I would first ask if you are weighing yourself the same time each day and are working out at the same time each day. Is your hydration consistent, or do you drink much more water at some times as opposed to others? Sometimes certain supplements can influence water balance as well. You can also lose quite a bit of water just through exertion. I've weighed myself before and after cardio just out of curiosity and found that sometimes I can lose 2 pounds of water on the elliptical.

    Ultimately, I think that if you are seeing great results and your waist size isn't going up and down like a yo-yo you shouldn't worry about it too much. Unless you are trying to get into another weight class in wrestling, I think the mirror is better at measuring your progress than the scales.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 20, 2008 1:34 AM GMT
    When I first started working out I was 162lbs and 19% body fat. I thought I would change fat into muscle and grow bigger. Wrong, I was eating 3300 cal a day and loosing weight. I dropped to 145lbs and I was upset. Then I started to grow, and in about 8 months I was at 155lbs and 10% body fat.

    You rev up your metabolism so fast that you drop body fat, and body fat weighs less than muscle. Then as you workout you start adding muscle which weighs more. My advice is use the mirror throw away your scale. Trust your workout, your diet, and your rest to do the job. It will happen.
    Great workouts
    Joe
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    Jan 20, 2008 3:21 AM GMT
    Water.

    Don't sweat it.
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    Jan 21, 2008 7:18 PM GMT
    Thank you RBY, maxx and chuckystud for your replies. Much appreciated, guys.