I have been wanting to lose weight but at the same time I have been doing tons of pulls ups. Yesterday I got on the scale and it was 10 more pounds than about last month. Is there a way to tell if I am gaining weight or muscle? Please Reply
First one is the mirror. Second one is measuring bodyfat with a clipper of a scan.
Some weightscales give you info on muscle and on fat. Those aren't very accurate. But if the muscle numbers go up over time. You can tell you are getting more muscle. Some for fat numbers ofc.
Beginner level lifters can gain muscle at the highest rate, since the body adapts dramatically at first. Even so, 2 or 3 pounds a month is as much as can be reasonably expected, and that's if you're really maxing your potential. Any more beyond that is very likely fat, water, or whatever else that isn't muscle.
I use a hand held body composition scanner, picked it up for around 35 bucks. Not sure how accurate it really is but I've heard it's decent. It just tells me fat percent, which is informative enough to give me some direction.