I feel the best time to weigh yourself is in the morning right when you wake up and used the bathroom. Do this every morning to stay consistent. Your weight tends to fluctuate throughout the day. You may gain weight after a workout. You’re wondering, you just had an awesome workout and now you are even heavier?

First of all, the scale isn’t everything, please don’t judge yourself based of this number. It does not take into consideration a lot of factors. Below are a few reasons why you can gain weight after a workout:

  1. Water retention – when you workout you sweat, you lose fluid. Your body is made up of 65 – 90% of water. Your body retains water until it is properly hydrated. So, if you just had a killer workout and are drenched in sweat and gained a couple pounds, just drink some water. You’ll be fine.
  2. Strength training – When you workout muscle groups, you are creating micro tears in the muscle and your muscles get inflamed. As they heal, you may gain some weight. It’s totally normal and can last a few days depending on how hard you went in the gym.
  3. Muscle vs. fat – Sometimes you end up weighing more than before but your clothes fit looser. This is good! Your are building more lean muscle and dropping major body fat. It happens and it is totally normal. This is why the scale is not always the best indicator. If you are staying the same weight but your clothes feel better on your body and you feel better, you are probably losing fat.

These are just a few things to consider before you shame yourself for gaining weight or the scale is not moving. Remember this number can change throughout the day. Just remember to stay consistent, eat healthy, be patient with yourself and love yourself in any shape or size!

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