Ok, heres the situation. I know the question is stupid, but I have to ask it- and I dont think I can search function this either. I wanted to enter this BJJ tournament this weekend hoping that I would make the 200-209 weight class. I knew that a while back I got weighed in around 215 lbs. So about two months ago I started working out, along with attending BJJ class about 2-3 classes a week. My exercises include about 15 minutes on the treadmill 2-3 times per week on 5mph, and on Monday I lift chest (usually do three exercises 4 sets of 10-12 reps), and then Wednesday Ill do back and bis (three exercises 4 sets of 10- 12 reps). My diet through out the week is usually a bowl of cerel, and protein shake in the morning (35 grams of protein), weight watchers meal for lucnh ( about 7-8 grams of fat and 300 calories), cottage cheese for mid day snack, and then a healthy dinner, and then extra protein shake on the days I work out. So I get on the scale today, and the wieght has gone up to 225 lbs+. Now people have told me that I look like I have lossed weight, and my wife told me that I look more cut. How is that possible? Am i converting the fat to muscle, and that is why there is a weight gain? Or is the protein making me gain weight? I wanted to cut weight instead of gaining while still lifting...any suggestions? Thanks for your help. Im newer to dieting, and any honest help is appreciated.