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Been working out, gained weight -HELP!


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Hi,

I'm new to the list and was hoping someone could help me out.

I joined a gym in October 2007. Since that time, I've been at the gym five days a week mostly attending spinnning classes. Since Janauary 08, I've gotten into  water aerobics, pilates and the treadmill. I was just shocked and disappointed when I got on the scales and noticed I gained four pounds. I'm 5'6" and use to weight 131. My target goal was 126.

I eat really well, close to five servings of fruits and veggies a day, protein, could probably drink more water, but I  rarely eat fast food. When I do eat out I make sure it's not fried and has lots of veggies and not a lot of carbs.

So, can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong?

Ideally, I wanted to lose five pounds and have gained four. Now I have to lose nine. How do I lose weight?


Thanks,
Lor
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Could you possibly be gaining muscle, and therefore gaining weight?  Has you body composition changed?

 

 

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I can't say that I've noticed my body changing. My pants fit a little bit better, but that's about it.

 I guess I need to know what I'm doing wrong in terms of losing weight. Should I be doing less spinning and maybe work more steadily on the treadmill running or even attempt to swim more?

Thoughts? 

 I never use to workout so I'm a little disenchanted that I lost weight on diet alone and very little exercise. And now that I'm exercising and continuing with good eating, I've sadly gained weight. :-(

Same here, I've worked out daily and initally lost 6 pounds. Last week I gained a pound back. I agree with the body composition, mine has def. changed. I'm often asked how much weight have I lost or what am I doing to lose so much weight, but I haven't lost much at all. I've gained muscle, is what I've learned from reading other post, which will make you healtier in the long run. I know I've  dropped at least a pant size. I plan to measure more and weight less. That scale will give you the blues for sure.Wink

Lot's of  people starting to train hard are experiencing weight gain. This is usually caused by muscle gain. (muscle weight way more than fat !).  Had you took some mesurement before starting ? did you notice some improvement in your overall silouette ? If so .. that's good ! Muscle mass use less space than fat.

Scale is very overrated, and too often use as the only reference. Building muscle is the best way to lower your fat. 

More new muscle mass created = more calories burned everyday just to have your body going around.

 

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So are you saying I'm on the right track? That even though I'm not losing weight I'm slowly losing fat which will give way to a leaner frame?

 Society put so much emphasis on weight that I naturally feel like binging on a bag of oreos knowing how hard I've been working to lose fat - which i guess I am.

 Do you suggest I keep moving forward with the current routine or should I be doing something else?

if you haven't been exercising, you will gain at first.  don't worry...  it's just a little muscle  :D  it's better for you anyway!

the weight will come off...

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Well, I have been exercising for close to five months now.

 

Are you saying that you gain a little weight, build muscle and then start to lose weight? Ow will my weight keep climbing? 

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Don't worry about the number on the scale.  Get some calipers and monitor your body fat % and see how that goes.

 

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Are you saying that you gain a little weight, build muscle and then start to lose weight? Or will my weight keep climbing?
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I had same problem, gained 5 lbs when i started working out.  My trainer calmed me down and said this is normal, i have now lost that 5 and am continuing.  You gain muscle and it takes a bit of time for that muscle to start burning fat.  (this was how it was explaned to me anyway, try to do more weights, about 1/2 cardio and 1/2 weights.  Good Luck.
Original Post by snowfence:

if you haven't been exercising, you will gain at first.  don't worry...  it's just a little muscle  :D  it's better for you anyway!

the weight will come off...

hmmm..... it takes the average person 1 year to build 1 pound of muscle.

Original Post by lt70000:

I never use to workout so I'm a little disenchanted that I lost weight on diet alone and very little exercise. And now that I'm exercising and continuing with good eating, I've sadly gained weight. :-(

This happened to me, too.  Lost 30 lbs in 3 months.  Then only 10 lbs in 12 months.

I decided it was "more muscle, less fat" at first. But I started paying attention to numbers again and noticed I had about a 1600-2000 cal deficit on "workout days".  So I've upped my calories ("eat your burn") to compensate for extra calorie burn, and the weight is coming off again.

The really important information that the origianl poster left out is the number of calories they are consuming per day and the number they are burning.  These are the most important things in determining weight loss and without them we can't really say why weight isn't coming off.
^^^yeh. How much are you eating and burning?

lt70000- from what you did say...That weight could just be from bloating and not drinking enough. At least some of it.

You can build a pound of muscle faster than 1 pound per year.
You can gain 1-2 pounds a week eating right and exercising.
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I don't think you can gain 1-2 pounds of muscle per week unless you are on gear.  I don't think you should worry too much about the scale, and fat calipers aren't that great because of the reliability in their measurements.  If your jeans are not as tight, then you know it is working where it counts.  If the scale says you gained 5 pounds but you clothes are definitely not as tight, then who cares what the scale says anyway!
1-2lbs of muscle a month is doing very good for most male trainees, 0.5-1lbs is more what you'd expect.

 1-2 lbs per week is juicer-on-a-gonzo-cycle territory. 'Course, you've got the added muscle glycogen and water to keep that new muscle protein fed so you might see a couple pounds gained but most of it will be water weight.
Just doing resistance bike and eating higher protien..

I gained 1-1.5 lbs a week of muscle when going to maintain.
Not counting the first 5 of glycogen gain.

I am a female 30y.o.
Not a juicer
Perhaps an alien?

Few more pounds and we will see if it happens again.
I am prone to putting on muscle. I dont drink or eat sugary stuff much. I know drinking can affect your testosterone levels (drops it)

peaceloveandhominy - please stop going around posting that it takes one year to build a pound of muscle.  That's a bunch of hooey!
To the OP: eating well and eating to create a calorie deficit are two different things.  I suggest you log all your food for at least a week to check and be sure you are in the ballpark calorically-speaking. 
I agree with danielle860.  Weigh/measure/log everything you eat or drink.  Watch the deficite.
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