Your Questions Answered: Weight Gain From Running?

Your Question:
I was wondering if you could help me or direct me in the right direction ??? I run - 4 days a week. i'm training for a half marathon and when i starting running i gained weight. I'm the smallest size i've ever been in pants and inches but the scale is climbing. am i doing something wrong ??? I've actaully been running for quite a few years. But I also run uphill. Thanks. That helps to know that I'm at least going in the right direction

Frugal Fitness Answer:
You are probably gaining some muscle weight which is healthy weight. Usually running does not cause people to gain muscle but if you haven't done any prior exercise in a long time it is possible. Increased muscle mass can also results in some increased water weight as well (muscle has a high water content). You need this muscle to help protect your legs, joints and spine from the repetitive trauma of distance running. Your scale weight may be higher but your bodyfat percentage is lower, that is a good thing! You will probably end up losing more weight in the near future as you will stop putting on muscle soon and simply burn pounds of fat away. Seems a little strange that you have gained weight but I would never tell somebody to worry when their bodyfat is going down, this is a good thing! Some of it could be water weight like I said so make sure you try and weigh yourself every morning right when you wake up, for a whole week, to get a more accurate idea of your bodyweight (water weight can fluctuate up to 5 lbs throughout a day) Good luck!

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