So I've been going to the gym for a month now and I'm starting to see muscle built but I've gained weight. I know that muscle weighs more than fat but I've gained 3 pounds since I started. I do a mix of aerobics for 30-45 minutes total, Abs, arms, and back but I didn't think it was possible to gain weight so quickly (I'm hoping it's muscle). Anyway, how normal is this? I've also been way more hungry since I started and I hope it won't affect my body negatively.
Increased physical activity makes me ravenous especially weight training. You say you have been eating well but are you keeping a diary of your food intake. It is so easy to think your consumption is good. Beware of low fat foods laden with sugar. I believed I was eating well until I started a food diary.
Try myfitnesspal. It can be tedious to start with but once you have the main entries you can just pick your favourites from a list. I used it religiously for a month as a baseline. It was invaluable.
Muscle does weigh more than fat, so if I'm trying to lord weight, i never follow actual weight loss, but rather how my clothes fit me. That way you can actually tell if your exercise is working
Try taking full body pictures of yourself to see how your body is changing, then you can ignore the weight gain and see realistically if you are steering away from your target
I believe you are doing well! The 3 pounds is definitely muscle gain and fat loss. The more muscle the more fat you burn all the time. Keep up the good work! And don't worry about being hungry bc your muscles need more fuel to keep your metabolism up! Way to go!
Don't base everything on the scale weight. Look at getting your percent body fat measured, along with circumferential measurements(standards are, neck, shoulder width, chest, abdominal, hips, mid upper arm, mid thigh and mid calf). They typically are better to gage your progress by.
You will usually in some weight initially as part of the body's response to the activity. I gained 6 lbs the first time I started weight training for the first 6 weeks but then lost 21 lbs the next four as my body adapted to the regimens. Stress may be a factor as well as it seems you have a very busy schedule.