It’s Normal To Gain Weight When You Start Playing Sports

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    Antonio, reader and associate of, writes us the following request in an email: “Dear editors of Consumo Claro; a doubt torments me. Something I’ve read, but it doesn’t make me clear. Let’s see: why when you get to exercise, you get on weight instead of going down? I have wondered more than once if it will not be better to leave the beer and the sausages to stabilize the weight, instead of running and exercising. ”

    Six dietary aberrations that you want to avoid at all costs We will begin by responding to Antonio at the end: it is never a good idea to “swallow” the beer and the sausages, and in general to abandon any kind of excess is usually a good idea. Mesura and food diversification is the basis of the Mediterranean diet, which is one of the main food recommendations of the World Health Organization. Here we offer 10 foods that are Mediterranean diet.

    Here is more on take a look at the internet site. However, it is true that many people, although not all, do not lose weight during the first few weeks when they begin to perform some kind of exercise, especially intense. Sometimes it happens that even gains weight, perhaps a kilo or perhaps more if the sport we begin to practice requires great punctual efforts, as is the case with the weights. Normally this weight rise will be dimmed if we persist in sport, but sometimes it doesn’t happen like this, but the scale even marks us weight gains.

    A normal phenomenon
    It is normal to happen, especially in people who had been very sedentary, with very little muscle mass and an important body fat index. In these muscles, not working just, almost does not accumulate glucogen, which is the way glucose chains are accumulated in the muscles, to be used as a source of energy. Consequently the muscle burns little and the metabolism is dedicated to accumulate the energy in the form of fat in folds, lorzas and michelines.

    When these people begin to do sport, their metabolism receives a different order: as it seems that we will need energy reserves, we do not have to send glucose to raise fat in michelines and lorzas but, without transforming it, the insulin will capture it and take the muscles to accumulate it in the form of glucogen. In addition, when playing sports, we increase cell sensitivity to insulin; that is, muscles will accept this glucose with greater desire than when we did not exercise.

    As we have said, glucogen are glucose chains, the equivalent of starch in plants, which are preserved to provide immediate energy. Glycogen retains around water molecules, so as to accumulate this polysaccharide intended to give muscle effort, it also retains water inside it, so it swells. We have all seen how the muscles of the bodybuilders are swollen; for well, they do so on the basis of growing with new fibers, but also by the water that retain these.

    This rise is slow, but not always
    Here comes the explanation of why we gain weight: the muscle weighs more than michelines, especially because water weighs more than fat. In this way, with the sport “awaken” our muscles and begin to absorb water by accumulating glycogen, and this results in increased body weight. Although, if we are people with enough body fat and persist in sport, burning fat we will notice weight loss.

    However, if the sport we practice is very anaerobic and intense, instead of losing weight we will earn it, as we will build a remarkable muscle frame that will make us gain weight. We will notice that we have lost body fat, either by exercise or because a powerful muscle structure has a high basal energy consumption. In fact, fitness practitioners and other variants eat more and more often to maintain their muscle development.

    A lot of eye with the scale
    Based on the explanation we have given, our partner Darío Pescador believes in his section Your Best Yode this journal that you have to throw the scale into the trash. Their reasoning, very successful, is that most people only attend to what their scale says—the weight that indicates—to conclude whether they are overweight or not, or whether the exercise is making them the desired effect. And the scale itself does not give us any useful data on whether we are fat or not.

    The nutritionist Julio Basulto is not so radical and in this article he explains that the scale is useful to know whether or not we have problems with the weight, although not directly but through the Body Mass Index (CMI). The same is to divide the weight that throws the scale by our height measured in meters to square. If the result is equal to or less than 25 Kg/m2, we are in a normal weight. If on the contrary exceeds this figure but without exceeding 30 Kg/m2, we are overweight and if we exceed them we suffer obesity.

    Basulto kills that this calculation does not serve for people below 1,47 meters and above 1,98 meters, for obvious reasons of bone structure, as well as for people who practice bodybuilding in their variants or for athletes. The reason for this last exclusion is also obvious: its high weight is not due to body fat problems but to its muscle mass, so far from being at risk of cardiovascular accidents or diabetes, they have better health.

    In addition, both Basulto and Pescador recommend measuring the perimeter of the waist as a much more reliable indicator, at least for the generality of people, of the state of health. In this case a tailor tape is passed through the waist at the height of the illiterate ridges and the perimeter is calculated. If it exceeds 88 centimeters in women and the 102 centimeters in men we’ll be overweight.

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