I've started working out recently (as in started about a month ago), and was wondering how fast one puts on lbs of muscle. I know muscle weight comes MUCH slower than fat weight (or even fat loss in some cases) but before starting a month ago i was at 175 and today i weighed myself and i was 183.5. Today i worked out after eating lunch, so minus about 2 lbs for digesting food weight (sound reasonable?) So that would bring my weight to about a +6.5 lb gain since starting only a month ago. I am lifting for strength and size in my workouts, lifting 4 times a week, and am keeping a loose eye on what i eat so i don't eat too many bad fats/ carbs when not needed/ etc. i am starting to look more muscular and i haven't noticed any extra weight gain around my stomach...
Would it be plausable that i gained about 5+/- lbs of muscle in a month since starting a routine? It would be great! But seems too good to be true haha
Any pieces to the puzzle i am missing or not considering?
If I weigh myself in the morning after I've been to the toilet I weigh 192lbs. If I weigh myself before bed I get as high as 200lbs.
Weight can fluctuate by ~4lbs easily based on how hydrated you are, or how topped up your glycogen stores are.
5lbs of muscle in a month is pretty unlikely, but probably not impossible if you were underweight to begin with and untrained. Generally speaking, the first year or two of training a noob can expect to put on 15lbs or so of muscle. Obviously there will be outliers on either end of the spectrum with some people putting on much less despite seeming to do everything right, and there'll always be those lucky bastards who put on more despite seeming to do everything wrong.
I would just try and not think about it. The mirror and how your clothes fit are a much better indicator than bodyweight. Chasing a bigger number on your bathroom scales has a tendency to make you fat.