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Gained 5 lbs in week

haza9989haza9989 Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
Hi all,

I have just finished my first week in attempts to gain weight. I am not too focused on muscle mass at the moment as I am quite underweight, so I’m just focusing on drinking weight gainer once a day, and getting as many calories in from normal meals as possible.

I am a 20 year old male, 5’10, and only weighed 8st on the dot, this time last week. As you can imagine I’m quite underweight and dont like the fact that I’m as skinny as I am.

Anyhow, I weighed myself again today, at the same time as last Sunday, just before bed. I now weigh 5lbs heavier than i did this time last sunday, I have probably ate alot more food today than I did last sunday, but was wondering how much of this weight gain might actually be real gain, and how much might be natural weight fluctation/calorie intake etc.

Also I’m thinking maybe if I weighed myself in the morning my results may be more consistent? Please let me know of any tips/if these results are plausible or if my weighing scales have broke! ;)



  • JamesMacwoodJamesMacwood Member Posts: 7 Member Member Posts: 7 Member
    You need to weigh yourself naked after urinating in the morning. That's the most accurate way to check results. You could also poop prior but it only changed the scale by 0.2 kg so it doesn't matter much.
  • heybalesheybales Member Posts: 17,729 Member Member Posts: 17,729 Member
    Valid weigh-in to minimize known water weight flucuations (not eliminate them).

    Morning after rest day eating normal sodium levels.

    Cut's out water weight drop from workout sweating a lot and not drinking it all back yet.
    Water weight gain from being sore after a workout.
    Water weight gain from high sodium meal (though effects of high sodium meal can take several days).

    And beyond a best time, still use like Trendweight or similar.

    Indeed more food in stomach to come out as waste will increase weight a bit. If curious weigh next time before/after.

    Are you working out or just needing to gain some fat?
    Usually that will add in 1 main spot for most people - tummy.
  • ChieflrgChieflrg Member Posts: 8,437 Member Member Posts: 8,437 Member
    Just a couple of things.

    Unless you're consuming more calories than your body burns(TDEE), your weight gain is more than likely temporary.

    For the body to gain 1lb/.45kg, one must consume an excess of 3500 calories. So keep that in mind if you are logging calories.

    I suggest you look at your body weight trend opposed to focusing in one one date in particular. There are apps such as Libra people find useful to do so.

    I highly suggest that you take advantage of your age & goal of weight gain and perform resistance training. Added muscle is far more beneficial than fat. Plenty of established evidence that suggests this and I assure you that you will be thankful if you chose to after gaining weight.
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