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I've Gained 3 Pounds?How Can That Be?I Worked So hard!!! Help Please!!!


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I've been working so hard for one week and i've been eating right and exercising everyday. 30min. of running and 15min. of aerobic video.  i eat fruit all the way up until dinner and i have a very light meal for dinner, so why in the heck did i gain 3 pounds. i really am so depressed right now. i feel like maybe i am not suppose to eat anything and maybe i'll lose 1 pound i seriously want to die. You work so hard and to not see any results from your hard work can be so depressing. please some one comment before i kill myself...lol.

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Don't sweat it. I lost 1.2lbs in the entire month of May even though I was eating well and exercising for 1 hour or MORE every single day. Sometimes it takes a while for it to start coming down. June 1, I lost a pound. June 2nd, another pound. Just give it time.

Aw I know it's tough to work so hard and not yield any results. You're not alone on this one. 3lbs is hardly anything and quite possibly water weight.

Did you weigh yourself at the same time as your last weigh in?

Are you getting enough calories? too few will cause your body to hold on to anything you put into it.

Have you tried using measurements to track your weight loss instead of the scale which can be inaccurate

if you dont mind me asking, what are your stats?
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how frustrating! are you counting your calories? try to figure out your daily caloric needs and cut that by 500 calories per day. and is fruit all you're eating until dinner? fruit has a lot of sugar, even though we think of it as healthy (and it IS much healthier than most of the junk we usually eat, but the calories in fruit can add up fast before we even realize it!). try incorporating more vegetables into your diet and less fruit for less sugar and calories. you can eat a large and really filling salad for less than 150 calories. you can have a snack of a an entire sliced green pepper and salsa for less than 75 calories. i typically eat 5 or 6 small meals per day and if i try and i plan ahead i can keep my calories around 1000-1200. also try eating more in the beginning of the day and less at the end, making your dinner your lightest meal. that's my advice. =)  lots of luck!

The same thing is happened to me; however, my weight is finally starting to go down. You just have to stick it out. Your body needs to get used to all the stuff your putting it through. So make sure you eat balanced meals (not just fruit). Also, make sure you're taking in enough calories, while taking your exercising into account. Drink plenty of water to help reduce any water retention you may experience from the exercise. Don't lose faith!
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noi used a friends fancy scale. i don't have a scale in my house it was a big rule while growing up because scales only make me more depressed. my friend said that it was probably muscle that i gained. I Feel like crap like doing anything to get the weight off. but i am not going to give up.

Don't panic! Sarting a new exercise routine can make you hold water and you gain as you exchange muscle for fat. I broke my ankle and gained 15 pounds in 2 1/2 months. I went vegan and back to exercising....I'm in my 40's and have the metabolism of a SNAIL! It wasn't until I started writing down EVERYTHING I ate and making sure I had enough protein, didn't eat things that weren't accounted for for sure.....they do add up. Before I losta single pound, I lost inches.....check how your clothes are fitting in a week or two.....after losing only 4 pounds in a month, I lost 2 whole clothing sizes! That meant more even though I wanted to weigh less......now after a toal of 6 weeks its 8 pounds.....BE PATIENT! and good luck, i'll berootin' for ya!

You need to consume more protein. Fruit is good in moderation, but has lots of sugar. Alternate carbohydrate intake between meals. Fiberous carbs like green vegetables one meal and starchy carbs such as rice(brown) or potatoes the next. Try to avoid eating a lot of starches late in the day. I know it is difficult for most people but eat six small meals instead of three larger ones. The key is to get your body to consume the food you eat, not store it. Your metabolism will kick in once you get the meal routine down. And last but not least, don't live by your scale. Do not weigh every day, and make sure you weigh yourself at the same time when you do. Your weight will fluctuate throughout the day, first thing in the morning is best. Good Luck!

ahhhhhh...stop worrying about the weight, and focus on how your body looks...look in the mirror and seeee if you notice a difference.  My girl was working out for a long time, and she was so focused on her weight, and she wasn't losing any, and I told her to look in the mirror, and she noticed how good she looked...it was because she was losing the fat, and gaining a little muscle at the same time...so she stopped worrying about the scale, and focused on health, and the way her body was actually looking.

 

Potter

"i eat fruit all the way up until dinner and i have a very light meal for dinner, so why in the heck did i gain 3 pounds."

If all you're eating is fruit and then a light dinner, you're not eating well. And you aren't eating ENOUGH. Especially for the exercise you're doing. You need more protein, more complex carbs, less sugars. Natural sugars are still sugars. While the weight you've 'gained' is probably either water weight or muscle (only morning weight is accurate), it's not really the point.

http://img527.imageshack.us/img527/327/pyrami dcm7.gif

Use that for your guidelines for how many servings of what you should have.

Information on what a "serving" is:
http://www.mealsmatter.org/EatingForHealth/To pics/article.aspx?articleId=52
http://web.mit.edu/athletics/sportsmedicine/w crservings.html

Original Post by eddiepotter:

ahhhhhh...stop worrying about the weight, and focus on how your body looks...look in the mirror and seeee if you notice a difference.  My girl was working out for a long time, and she was so focused on her weight, and she wasn't losing any, and I told her to look in the mirror, and she noticed how good she looked...it was because she was losing the fat, and gaining a little muscle at the same time...so she stopped worrying about the scale, and focused on health, and the way her body was actually looking.

 

Potter

Your Right. I do look like i've lost weight. my clothes fit a little loser, and everyone keeps asking me if i'm losing weight. thank you all for your great advice. i am going to stick to my exercise routine and add more veggies and protein to my diet.

As one of the previous posters mentioned, weighing yourself in the morning before you have eaten is your most accurate body weight. If you are going to step on a scale be consistent about what time of day you do it. Don't weigh yourself sometimes in the morning and sometimes at night. And if possible try to use the same scale every time. That means you might have to suck it up and buy one. Ugh, I know it sucks, but it will more accurate, b/c you won't have to account for any discrepancies. We all know how depressing it can be when one scale says one number and another scale says something totally different. Avoid that problem all together by using the same scale.

Like you said, everyone is asking if you've been losing weight ,so you must be doing something right. Keep working hard and start eating a more balanced diet and you'll be fine.

As other people have said, and I'd like to reiterate -- for all the work you're doing, to eat fruit all day long with a small dinner isn't going to help you lose any weight. If anything, you've slowed your metabolism down by eating so few calories in a day. Anything you eat, your body's going to hold onto.

Eat a good breakfast, one that's balanced with protein, and some kind of whole grain. You can also have a serving of fruit, too. Have a snack after that, and then lunch, and then a snack, and then your dinner. It sounds like a lot, but if you work to plan out your calories and also incorporate a variety of healthy things, you're going to lose weight.
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I would recommend adding some strength training to your exercise routine and writing down what you're eating, how much and what you're doing for exercise. I've been doing that for 2 weeks now and I really noticed a difference. Also meet with a personal trainer at least once they can really help you with different exercises, etc. A gym buddy is helpful too. Stick with it. Good luck.

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Muscle is heavier than fat, so you probably gaining weight because you're gaining muscle along with loosing fat.  Like other people have suggested, I would pay more attention to your measurements than to what the scale says.  Honestly, I've been exercising a lot recently and I'm actually getting heavier even though I've lost a few inches.

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