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I'm gaining weight from squats and it bothers me


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I'm 41 with 2 young children.  I am 5'8" and usually 129 or 130 lbs.  I go to the gym 4 times a week and it consists of 30 min of cardio and 25 min of weight training. 

I added squats to my routine two months ago and I've put on 3 lbs!!!  I squat holding 2 10 lb dumb bells.  I do duck squats also with a 15 lb weight.  I do 50 of each.  

It bothers me b/c I prefer myself around 126 lbs (pyschologically).  It's like I feel like I'm fat b/c I'm 3 lbs heavier. 

My measurements used to be:  34, 27.5, 36...Now they are:  34, 27, 37

I've gained a whole inch around my hips!!!  Men at the gym are commenting on my new bum.  Could squatting add that much weight???

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Doubt it's from the squats. Not with that many reps and that little weight.

 

Also - 3 lbs could come/go from/to anywhere, including, but not limited to, scale error, clothing, water fluctuations, etc.

Wait, it's 1 pound of muscle for every 200 squats. Right?

Correlation does not imply causation. In other words, just because this is happening as you are starting a new routine, does not mean that the routine change is the cause of the weight gain.

Where are you in your cycle, that has a large impact on weight for many women. Has your food intake changed in quality or amount? Is your salt intake higher?

If it is because of the squats, it definitely isn't fat. Chances are it's water retention because of muscle stress. If you haven't done a lot of focus on your lower body before, this is very likely.

Squats and similar movements are well known for lifting and shaping the bum too, so that's probably what the guys are commenting on. Your bum is looking nicer, and lifted instead of sagging (hence the extra inch).

My advice is to try squats with a bar instead, and enjoy your new bum. Get the number out of your head, your value is not based on your scale weight.

Original Post by kevinatthebrook:

Wait, it's 1 pound of muscle for every 200 squats. Right?

wait, wait, WHAT?!? are you saying you gain 1 lbs of muscle for ever 200 squats you complete? That...that can't possibly be true. 

Squatting 20 pounds is not going to bulk up your legs. 5'8" and 126 pounds is pretty close to under-weight.

 

Squatting doesn't add weight.  Eating more than you burn adds weight. It also could be water retention.

Unlikely.

I squat more than you for lower reps (8-12), and I have lost an inch off my hips since (I didn't have many inches to lose to start with, I went from 34.5 to 33.5). Seems the more weight training I do, the tighter everything gets

Unless you're eating a surplus, its nearly impossible to put on muscle eating a calorie deficit. Are you eating more?

Like other posters have mentioned too it could be water retention. My thighs/hips tend to swell after I weight train (sometimes to the point where my jeans feel too tight!) It goes away after about a day though. Try measuring yourself a day or two after you train legs.

Original Post by vonapathy:

Original Post by kevinatthebrook:

Wait, it's 1 pound of muscle for every 200 squats. Right?

wait, wait, WHAT?!? are you saying you gain 1 lbs of muscle for ever 200 squats you complete? That...that can't possibly be true. 

Sorry Vona, JK.

The whole weight gain thing after weight training is interesting.  I never thought of that and I don't really train my lower body, so this is new to my body.  I look great...you guys are right...I should concentrate on what I see in the mirror, not a number on the scale.

Why do athletic women weigh so much more?  Most sexy women in Hollywood weigh under 125 (according to the web) and are taller than me.  They must have no muscle or be lying about their weight. 

Ok guys, I just measured my thighs and I've lost an inch there.  They are now 20.5 inches!  So then I measured my hips again and they are back at 36 inches.  Perhaps it was just water.

 

Original Post by carmenxox:

Unlikely.

I squat more than you for lower reps (8-12), and I have lost an inch off my hips since (I didn't have many inches to lose to start with, I went from 34.5 to 33.5). Seems the more weight training I do, the tighter everything gets

Unless you're eating a surplus, its nearly impossible to put on muscle eating a calorie deficit. Are you eating more?

Like other posters have mentioned too it could be water retention. My thighs/hips tend to swell after I weight train (sometimes to the point where my jeans feel too tight!) It goes away after about a day though. Try measuring yourself a day or two after you train legs.

i see. Smile

Original Post by serapa:

Why do athletic women weigh so much more?  Most sexy women in Hollywood weigh under 125 (according to the web) and are taller than me.  They must have no muscle or be lying about their weight. 

Muscle mass.

Also, don't depend on the media depictions of celebrities.  The numbers on the scale may be lower, but that doesn't mean that they've achieved in a healthy manner.

Likewise, they also have the time and money to hire professionals to monitor their fitness and nutrition daily.  We, the peasants, do not have that luxury. Wink

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