Have you started exercising recently for the first time or even after a long break? You finally build up enough courage and motivation to get started, you found something you actually don’t mind doing, perhaps hired a personal trainer or joined a class? But you find yourself disheartened when you step on those scales and realise your weight went up instead of down, if weight loss is what you are trying to achieve primarily.  It’s frustrating, because you think that you are finally doing something, but it’s only making things worse. Well, don’t stress about this because this is not fat that you are gaining. It’s water. When you start exercising and putting stress on your muscles by performing resistance exercises even body weight type stuff such as squats, lunges and push-ups you are putting your muscles under stress. Muscles respond to this stress by inflammation and because our body is super smart it tries to heal inflammation and get read of the toxins as well by drawing water to your muscles. This water weight can increase your number on scales by as much as 5kgs in the beginning. Or your weight will fluctuate in the first few weeks of training. It may take several weeks or even months before your body will start adapting to the routine and exercising will become your normal way of living, the muscle will then learn to recover and heal better and that water weight will start dropping along with body fat if you keep up the consistency in your training. But keep in mind that calories you consume will also impact your weight loss, just because you are working out now doesn’t mean you can eat those burgers and chips every second day because at the end of the day you are trying to burn more calories than you consume in order to lose weight, not match your caloric intake to what you burn. I will write another blog soon on the calories in vs calories out and how to make the most of it. But in short you shouldn’t try to drop your calories drastically either, because you will end up having lack of energy to do those workouts.  It is best to just reduce it a little bit and eat healthier whole foods while working out regularly, and be patient because as long as you keep going, it will happen. And if you stop and give up to quickly you will never give your self enough time to find out what you are really capable of. If you have any more questions about this or any other fitness related stuff please join me every second Wednesday for the Q&A Wednesdays where I go live on our FB page https://www.facebook.com/flurofitnesssydney/   and answer questions for you relating to health, weight loss and exercise.