Most of us are recovering from a life of nearly complete couch-potatoing. Sitting on the sofa, sitting at work, sitting in the car, laying in bed. All those amazing muscles nature has endowed us with never really saw much use!
So you go keto. Your pants start falling off. You wake up refreshed in the morning and after work you don’t feel like you got hit by a truck anymore. You hear a rumor that healthy people exercise and you finally have enough energy that this doesn’t sound like medieval level torture. You check out your frame in the mirror, 30 pounds lighter than it was months before, and decide that lifting weights or riding a bike or running is something you CAN do!
So day 1 you hit the gym or whatever and you KILL IT. You’re excited about this new stage of your life and you want to dive in face first just like you did with bacon and eggs a few months ago. At the end of your workout you are sweaty, exhausted, and a little wobbly. You go home, eat, and rest.
The next morning you hop on the scale in as gingerly a way as your sore muscles will allow and much to your dismay your weight has INCREASED!
Oh god those last months thrown away! Progress reversed! Fire raining down from the heavens! This pattern repeats for the next week and your scale weight creeps up by a few pounds. Somehow exercise is making you fatter?!!
STOP. YOU’RE GOING TO BE OK.
Your muscles relax and don’t hold onto much water and glycogen if you’re not using them. You start using, them, they suck up nutrients because they now realize they’re DOING something for the first time. If I take a week off of weightlifting I will drop close to 10 pounds. If I’ve been on a break and go back, the exact opposite happens and my scale weight jumps.
Keep calm and keto on, this is normal.