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How long to put on 1 pound of muscle?


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Ive lost 7 lbs, but ive lost 3 inches in my chest 2 inches in my waist 1 inch in my arms and 1/2 inch in my legs, now how did that happen? I understand not losing much in my legs since they are quite firm and muscular, but that is a lot of inches regardless for only a 7lbs of weight loss.

Question is how long would it take to put on 1-7 lbs of muscle?  Im bumfuzzled.
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Fatty tissue is not very dense, so losing 7 lbs. of fat would generate a pretty noticable difference in your measurements.

I unfortunately don't have much input for your weight gain goals.
hehe, well i dont wanna gain wait, im losing weight.  Im 303lbs down from 310, I have a deficit between 1000-1300, eating 1500+ net calories a day never going over 1800 cals a day. I do all upper body weight lifting, and ride a recumbant cycle round 35 mins in the morning 6 days a week. I was formerly in starvation mode, but didnt look like i was starving was only eating 500-1000 calories a day not loseing a lb nor gaining. I finally broke free of it lil over 2 weeks ago and upped my cals gradually.

I used to weigh 175-180 lbs and was built, i was never obese so this is a new run for me. Trying to get my old self back.

*edit* Rephrasing the workout, i do upper body weight lifting every other day and ride recumbant cycle bout 35 mins a day 7 miles 6 days a week.
Muscle weight does not go on very fast.


The Colgan Institute of Nutritional Sciences (located in San Diego, CA) run by Dr Michael Colgan PHD, a leading sport nutritionist explains that in his extensive experience, the most muscle gain he or any of his colleagues have recorded over a year was 18 1/4 lbs. Dr Colgan goes on to state that ??because of the limiting rate of turnover in the muscle cells it is impossible to grow more than an ounce of new muscle each day.? In non-complicated, mathematical terms, this would equate to roughly 23 pounds in a year! Keep in mind that high-level athletes are the subjects of these studies.
Over a 12-week period, people can increase their lean body mass by 2-4 pounds," says strength-training researcher Wayne Campbell, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of foods and nutrition at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. However, Campbell stresses, not all of that body mass is muscle. Some may be water or other tissue. Also, men tend to gain muscle more quickly than women do.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0846/i s_5_21/ai_82333606

Here is another good article.

http://bodybuilding.about.com/od/howtoachieve results/a/bodybuilding.htm
Thanks for the articles, really helpful! Preciate both of your efforts.
I also just read a research study that suggested that obese people don't make as many gains weight training as people who are fit or only slightly overweight. Sucks, doesn't it? The article stressed however that it is still a very good thing to do. The gains are just slower.

Lean mass is not just muscle - it includes bone density, capillaries, blood volume, and water.

I lost 9 lbs and 8.75 inches total in chest, waist, hips, thighs (I didn't track my arms in that figure). Makes me wonder now if there's a standard amount of inches to lose for every 10 lbs lost?? Hmmm....
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jenmcc: Makes me wonder now if there's a standard amount of inches to lose for every 10 lbs lost?

Great question!  I wasn't able to find any answers, though :-(

An old rule of thumb for men (who tend to gain and lose belly fat most quickly) is that the waist goes down about 1 inch per 5 pounds of fat lost.  Looking back over my recent records, I in fact lost 3 inches off my waist over the course of the last 16 pounds of fat I lost (I didn't lose any lean mass in that time), so we can rest assured that rule of thumb has been rigorously proved ;-)
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