Recent weight gain, can't seem to lose it! Wedding freakout…..

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Bexx:  it sounds like you just put on muscle, not fat. It’s not something you’re used to, but it’s not a bad thing! Do you have a picture for reference so we can all reassure you how fabulous you look? 🙂

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

It sounds like you’re trying to reduce your muscle tone… which if you’re working out so much it probably won’t happen. Can you switch some of your hard workouts with yoga? Another thought, you may be in starvation mode if you’re working out so much and eating only 1200 calories. I know it sounds crazy but try working out less and eating more.

I agree, I’m sure you gained muscle weight and look great.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I agree with PP that it may be a starvation mode issue.  I would cut back workouts to only 3 or 4 days per week for an hour or only put in half an hour to 45 minutes if you can’t break the daily habit.

Unfortunately Crossfit changes the shape of your body and it can be difficult to regain a more svelte figure after bulking up.  A friend of mine can always spot women in a crowd who Crossfit because it markedly changes your body.  I also have friends that worked out really hard in gymnastics and soccer and their legs/thighs have maintained a bulky look from the muscle they built up during their workouts even though they haven’t worked out like that in years.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

Have your thyroid checked. You could be hypothyroid.  If it is not working correctly you can not lose weight because your body doesnt have the correct hoomone to keep your metabolism working the way it should.  Normally, you will feel tired and possibly have other symptoms but sometimes in very early stages you dont.  Regardelss, you will be beautiful on your wedding day no matter what:) 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Bexx:  #1: Your weight could always be in this 10 pound range because you either are or aren’t carrying 5 pounds of water weight. I am not suggesting that you stop drinking water. I am suggesting that 134 at the doctor’s office might not mean anything- it could actually mean 129. This goes especially women because our water weight fluctuates all over the place with our hormone cycles. (My point: it’s okay to let go of the number 134 if you can bring yourself to do that)

#2: If you are eating a lot of protein, that’s probably not going to help your muscles get smaller. You might want to consult a dietician or a chiropractor (one who does more than adjusting; does nutrition, exercise type stuff) 

I totally get what you mean. I got into weight lifting and gained a lot of muscle. I felt like a different person. I ended up back closer to my regular weight because I got really sick with a virus at one point for like a month and basically starved during that time, losing a lot of weight, because of the symptoms. I am not suggesting you get a virus, but maybe be patient with yourself. It takes time for the body to change.

I think PPs might be right about starvation mode.  

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Protein will only impede muscle loss. You can still have it, but not at the same amounts that you are likely used to (which is generally 1-1.5g per lb)… So, get a better balance of your macros. Keep doing some cardio, with NO resistance (ie: elliptical which will build lower body, etc.) and absolutely little to no weightlifting. 

I weightlift, also… Squatting well more than my body weight. However, I keep my weights at a moderate level and don’t max out like I could. Which is why I never got into crossfit, because other than bragging rights- there is no physical reason why a woman NEEDS to lift that heavy. It only diminishes the soft toned lines of the lean muscle mass, when you bulk up like that. Which, of course, you now know.

And, starvation mode is not the answer. If anything, “starvation mode” would reduce your muscle mass by “eating/burning” away the muscle, due for the lack of other fuel/resources in your body. That’s everyone’s excuse for everything, but I don’t think it’s the issue here. I think you are just healthy, have above average muscle memory, and are probably maintaining your athletic level more than you think you are (which is easy to so when it’s a lifestyle).

So, in a nutshell:

Less protein. 

No weightlifting, squats, or similar. While squatting your body weight and such won’t necessarily “build” a ton of muscle, it WILL maintain what you already have.

Less high intensity exercise of any type. Only low-intensity cardio just to get your heart rate up (Power walking on flat surface, etc.).

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Burning a ton of calories while not eating much isn’t great. Have you had a cheat day? I would seriously eat a cheese burger, sundae, and some beer. It could be just what your body needs to change up your metabolism. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Soon2bmarried123:  you seem to know your stuff! I have a question. 3 years ago I was in the best shape I ever was. I lifted weights and did cardio 5x a week. I’m about 15 pounds away from where I was then, but not the same body. I was toned before. Now I’m just “skinny fat”. if I started weights again, do you think my “muscle memory” can go back a whole 3 years.. or at least make it easier than starting a square one. if that makes any sense. I’ve had a beer or two 🙂

Post # 10
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Helper bee

cls9q:  Absolutely it will come back! Muscle memory is amazing.

Even if you chose to lose the 15lb difference by eating less calories and doing cardio, you would essentially have the same “skinny fat” body you say you have now, but a smaller version of it. Lifting weights again will transform your body back to what it was, even if you don’t drastically cut your calorie intake at all. Now, having said that, your calories (regardless of amount) really need to be as clean as possible to help expedite the transition of gaining muscle and losing fat… Quality over quantity when it comes to calories in conjunction with weightlifting/strength training. 

If you are happy with your size now, you don’t necessarily have to count calories, but I’d say to just be careful to make sure all of the calories you do consume are as clean as possible, and that you get *a lot* of protein… Do your workouts in at least a 4-day split routine, which you can find templates for online. If you dedicate yourself in both aspects, you’ll see your body start to tighten up quickly (some people as little as 2-4 weeks).

If you’d like to be a little smaller, in addition to toning up… Add a little extra cardio, and reduce your calories just a tad (but not a whole lot with the extra exercise). You may still feel skinny fat, as your body adjusts to the weightloss, but will begin to firm up once your muscles start building back up. : ) Hope that helps! 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If you’re working out and eating healthy but are gaining weight, you’re gaining muscle. If you want to lose your muscle, stop doing weights and just do cardio. I don’t know why you would want to lose muscle though! 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Bexx:  Are you sure your arms look as big as you think? I see my arms as absolutely huge, but in a strapless dress they look pretty tiny.

Also, don’t worry about a weigh in on a different scale. You can vary by 7lb and more in a day on the same scale and even more if you’re switching between scales. I’m sure you look gorgeous. 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

Bexx:  I know it is hard to see the scale go up if you rely on it to give you some semblance or earmark of where you are. I am like you, bulk easily but like to maintain a more slim frame.

I recently (within the past 3 months) started doing a mix of yoga,  cardio with NO resistance and balanced but full meals. I noticed I gained almost 8 pounds and it freaked me the hell out! After being on that routine for about 5 weeks now, I have pretty much lost all of it and am back down to my normal weight that my body seems to like. It was just a mixture of (1) don’t freak out and deprive yourself (2) don’t over-exert, just exercise but let your body rest/heal (3) I did/do use MFP, but SpecialSundae recommended I up my caloric intake based on my activity level and guess what, I started to lose weight when I ate more and ate better and finally, (4) try hot yoga. It really helps me detox, relax and sweat it out while getting in a good workout. 

 

No matter what, you’re doing a lot of eating clean and working out so I know you’ll look fabulous for the wedding no matter what. You’re not going to be forced to step on the scale at the end of the aisle!

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