Why do I gain weight after hard workouts???

Why do I gain weight after hard workouts???

Why do I gain weight after hard workouts???

Dear Nancy,

After a weekend filled with two days of hard workouts, I notice that my weight goes up a pound or two. I weigh more on Monday than I did on Friday. How can that be…???

Frustrated Weekend Warrior

Answer: Your body’s response to the intense weekend exercise is to release a hormone that holds water in the body. This is a survival response to the weekend’s threat of dehydration. Worry not; it is not fat-weight.

The water-weight comes and goes. This is a normal physiological response. Just eat appropriately to recover from your workouts by choosing a good balance of grains, fruits and veggies to refuel depleted glycogen stores and protein to build and repair your muscles. Do NOT restrict calories in an effort to lose the weight. You will naturally rebalance within a day or two.

Hope that helps?


For more information about refueling after hard workouts, please refer to the chapter on recovery in Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook.

Written by Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD is an internationally respected sports nutritionist, weight coach, nutrition author, and workshop leader. She is a registered dietitian (RD) who is a board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She is also a certified WellCoach. Nancy specializes in nutrition for performance, life-long health, and the nutritional management of eating disorders. She counsels both casual exercisers and competitive athletes in her private practice in the Boston area (Newton, MA). Some of her clients consider her to be their food coach, others their food therapist. Regardless, she enjoys the challenge of helping sports-active people transform their suboptimal eating habits into effective fueling plans. Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, a best-selling resource, has sold over 550,000 copies and is now in it's new fifth edition.
Website: http://www.nancyclarkrd.com

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