It happens to the best of us: you set a goal to get fit, so you start racking up the miles. You hit the gym, bang out some intervals, and watch what you’re eating—all with the anticipation that you’ll drop a few pounds.
Except the opposite happens. You step on the scale only to see a higher number than when you started. You take off your clothes (and your watch…and maybe your rings) and try again to no avail. The needle doesn’t budge, and now you’re wondering, why am I gaining weight?
But before you launch the scale (and your resolve) out the window, know that it’s totally normal. In fact, it’s not always a bad thing (and it’s often resolvable when it is). Sometimes, putting on a few pounds is part of the process of improving your overall body composition. Sometimes, it’s a sign that you haven’t quite dialled in the right mix of hard and easy training days. And sometimes, it’s your body trying to tell you that you need to actually eat more… or at least differently.
Excerpted from Runner’s World