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Arm size after workouts

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I've been working out for about 1-2 months now, I work out Monday-Wednesday-Friday doing mostly upper body work outs, I do abs and squats. I plan on starting to jog the park Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday but haven't started yet (This is probably un-needed information but maybe someone can evaluate my question from this or something). Getting to my question... I measure my arms every week seeing if there has been a change in the size. (I know I probably shouldn't do this but I just get curious, because sometimes they seem bigger). But anyways, one week I measure them and then the next week they lowered a little bit. Could this be fat being burned or am I using my own muscles as energy when I workout?
Probably a stupid question but I'm just curious.
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replied May 30th, 2008
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unless your on a regimented diet your size will fluctuate. Due to carb intake v. fat and protein in relation to if there is a calrie deficiency or not. Tons of factors also water intake. Its pointless to work out without a strcit diet or the same thing basically everyday and have a workout that you can follow that is structured to gain consistency. measurments should be done 1-2 months only!
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replied June 11th, 2008
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Yes, quite checking yourself out so often. It's just unnecessary disappointment. It's much more satisfying to just focus on the task, and find out your result some months down the line. I gained considerable size last spring from 150 pounds to about 175, since winter lasts long down here I never really paid attention to myself and worked out most every day. Next thing you know, late spring/early summer hit and everybody was telling me about how big I've gotten or if I was taking roids.

As DPG said, there are a lot of factors that will cause you to fluctuate. You said you'd be attempting to do a lot of cardio, your hydration levels will change and your weight as well. Take your time, stick to a consistent diet and work out schedule, and be patient.
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