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Old 05-09-2013, 10:21 AM   #11
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Didn't know you did modelling. Check out taurine supplements as it can help reduce water retention if you start to look puffy in the face.
Thanks brute, I'll bare that in mind if it comes to that.
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if you are gaining quality weight that has to be good imo.
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I don't know how much weight I've gained though to know if its quality weight,if I have a ton of water to factor in too.

I don't see how I can judge weather I need to eat more or less by looking at how much weight I've gained, when I don't have a true representation.

For all I know, I might not be eating enough, and consequentially shooting my gains in strength and muscle in the foot, without even knowing it.
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Lifting will make your weight fluctuate a little more throughout the day/week. Your holding more water now, like btb said. My weight can fluctuate upwards of 7 or 8lb in a day based on what I happened to eat and if I trained or didn't train, just based on water retention.

Also, carbs cause you to hold a little more water, so if you eat more or less carbs on a given day it can have a huge effect on your weight on the scale, even though you really don't look much different in the mirror.

Don't worry. Just stick to your plan for now. You're so aware of every little thing that nothing is going to sneek up on you, like gaining too much fat.
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Lifting will make your weight fluctuate a little more throughout the day/week. Your holding more water now, like btb said. My weight can fluctuate upwards of 7 or 8lb in a day based on what I happened to eat and if I trained or didn't train, just based on water retention.

Also, carbs cause you to hold a little more water, so if you eat more or less carbs on a given day it can have a huge effect on your weight on the scale, even though you really don't look much different in the mirror.

Don't worry. Just stick to your plan for now. You're so aware of every little thing that nothing is going to sneek up on you, like gaining too much fat.


Thanks for the re-assurance.
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I don't know how much weight I've gained though to know if its quality weight,if I have a ton of water to factor in too.

I don't see how I can judge weather I need to eat more or less by looking at how much weight I've gained, when I don't have a true representation.

For all I know, I might not be eating enough, and consequentially shooting my gains in strength and muscle in the foot, without even knowing it.
You'll need a little while longer to really get a handle on how you're responding to your plan. At that point you'll be able to adjust your intake to better suit your goals. I think 10lb added to the scale is a good indication at this point that you're on the right track.

Try not to get to worried, especially so early on. I know it's your nature, but try to remember that none of this is permanent. If you happen to gain a little too much fat, then you can take a couple months and get back to where you want to be. If you aren't quite eating enough to support good gains, then you can adjust it later on and it really won't be that big of a deal.
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Just panicked a little when I noticed I've put on 10 pounds.
Okay, so, the interesting question is why are you not weighing yourself every week?

People do not, generally speaking, suddenly have a 10lbs weight gain, had you been weighing once a week, you would have noticed a minor increase in your weight week after week...to the second and more important question, would that have freaked you out?

You're going to have to start learning to divide weight gain by the amount of weeks it took to gain that weight. I think I already suggested you measure, chest, waist, biceps but since you say you look slimmer/bigger at certain times and it appears you don't really no whether it's your perception or reality of an increase or decrease in size, I guess you haven't been measuring.

With your OCD, unless you start measuring and taking weekly weigh-ins so that you know exactly what is going on, you will get nowhere; it's not good enough to say "I think I've gained mass" not weight but size (I mean), you have to know and if you base everything on assumptions...well.


Get on that scale and get that tape measure out! If you don't have either, I suggest you get one the next time you pass a shop. No excuses! C'mon...you either want this or you don't and you know you have OCD as an extra battle on your hands so learn to get around it.
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I don't know how much weight I've gained though to know if its quality weight,if I have a ton of water to factor in too.

I don't see how I can judge weather I need to eat more or less by looking at how much weight I've gained, when I don't have a true representation.

For all I know, I might not be eating enough, and consequentially shooting my gains in strength and muscle in the foot, without even knowing it.
At the end of the day so to speak if you have gained weight and you dont look fat in the mirror it is all good IMO, what you want to worry about is geting your lifts back up with the higher reps me and OR told you about that will insure it will be musculer weight gain.
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Okay, so, the interesting question is why are you not weighing yourself every week?

People do not, generally speaking, suddenly have a 10lbs weight gain, had you been weighing once a week, you would have noticed a minor increase in your weight week after week...to the second and more important question, would that have freaked you out?

You're going to have to start learning to divide weight gain by the amount of weeks it took to gain that weight. I think I already suggested you measure, chest, waist, biceps but since you say you look slimmer/bigger at certain times and it appears you don't really no whether it's your perception or reality of an increase or decrease in size, I guess you haven't been measuring.

With your OCD, unless you start measuring and taking weekly weigh-ins so that you know exactly what is going on, you will get nowhere; it's not good enough to say "I think I've gained mass" not weight but size (I mean), you have to know and if you base everything on assumptions...well.


Get on that scale and get that tape measure out! If you don't have either, I suggest you get one the next time you pass a shop. No excuses! C'mon...you either want this or you don't and you know you have OCD as an extra battle on your hands so learn to get around it.


I was told before to weigh myself every month so thats what I've been doing.

I have been measuring though like you said. Half an inch bigger arms than before. With my waist I can't decide when to take the measurement so I haven't done it yet.
Though now it seems it'd be best to take it in the morning when most of the food I ate has been digested, when my stomach seems to be almost half the size it is during the day.

I feel as though I put weight on in my face, although that might be just me been worried to death about gaining weight in my face that its made me believe I have when I haven't.


Either way, getting around the OCD, is easier said than done.

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Best time to do measurements and taking your weight is in the morning when you wake up, usually after you urinate.

That will be your "true" body weight, by true I mean it isn't affected by water weight and food intake. Unless you have to binge eat late in the evening before, that may skew things just a bit.

Your weight is definitely going to continue to fluctuate during the day based off your food and water intake, so make sure that whenever you are weighting yourself and taking measurements you're doing so under the same conditions every time or you're going to throw yourself off.
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