Post # 1
Ok, so I know muscle weighs more than fat… But I have been kickboxing every single day for the past two months, I’ve been losing inches daily, and my clothes are getting looser and looser.. When I step on the scale, I haven’t gone up or down in my weight. Is it possible to trade out weight in fat for weight in muscle?! I am 5’2″, 138 pounds. You’d think being so short, my weight would at least drop a little bit while putting on lean muscle. I keep telling myself not to step on the scale because I get discouraged when I see the numbers are the same (even though my clothes are loose and I can see a difference.. there’s something about that number on the scale!!). Any idea?
Post # 2
dreamer1288: That’s exactly possible. Muscle weighs more than fat, too. Losing inches is GREAT!
Post # 3
dreamer1288: You’re scale might actually be broken or just wrong (on an uneven surface?) try moving it to another room. Your clothes being looser and losing inches is great! Usually the “trading out muscle for fat” thing doesn’t happen so…neatly? Your weight should have fluctuated a little.
Make sure you’re drinking enough water!
Post # 4
Losing inches is a good sign! I’ve been working out pretty consistently since January and I really didn’t start losing weight and seeing the scale drop until I altered my food intake/choices. You didn’t mention – but are you keeping track of that? Sometimes when I work out, I eat more because I feel like I can… like hey, I just worked out, I deserve that cupcake! But I did hear losing weight is like 80% diet and 20% exercise. Then maintaining it is more about exercise than diet. Don’t quote me on that, i’m not an expert but thats what I heard. I’ve been using the myfitnesspal app to keep track of my calories and what I’ve been eating and I’ve lost 10lbs since I’ve started that.
ETA – and yes, water, water, water!
Post # 5
dreamer1288: You are a similar weight to me and I do the same thing its all about inches!! I gauge my weightloss on inches because the scale almost never shows progress.
Post # 6
dreamer1288: If you’re losing inches, you’re losing fat. Don’t worry about the number of the scale, it sounds like you’re making great progress.
Post # 7
the scale is the devil– ITS NOT ABOUT WEIGHT ITS ABOUT INCHES LOST…
i know it its hard to keep encourage – when the daily exercise you are doing is not making weight drop.. my personal trainer told me not to jump on scale unless its weigh in time- once a month- I havent lost inches- millameters is more like it only in one spot but my BMI percentage is going down. the weight on the scale has not moved one way or another.
Post # 8
BeatlesFan629: We are (strict) vegans… I eat TONS of veggies, fruits (not a ton of fruit though because of sugar intake), I get plenty of protein and take my daily vitamins. I could definitely up my water intake.
Thanks for all the advice!!!
Post # 9
dreamer1288: if you’re stuck on the numbers, maybe invest in a scale that tells you your body fat %.
And a friend of mine actually gained weight when she started working out, but she was so much thinner! That’s why scales don’t work, a person who weighs 10 lbs lighter than you might be the same size as you, but look heavier because they are soft around the edges.
Post # 10
dreamer1288: Actually muscle does not weigh more than fat in the same way a pound of lead does not weigh more than a pound of feathers. A pound is a pound. However, muscle is more dense than fat and occupies less space than a pound of fat. So the weight may stay the same, but you are seeing the difference in loosing inches and the lean muscle.
Post # 11
it could be water weight. Try drinking more water, tea/coffee may help.
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I’m in the same boat! I’m 5’2, 134 pounds. I’ve been running like crazy lately and eating soo healthy. I haven’t seen anything on the scale but def see a difference when looking in the mirror and how my clothes fit.
But yes, you as you burn fat, muscle builds. So it is possible to stay around the same weight or even gain weight, but look better and better.
Post # 14
dreamer1288: Losing inches is better than losing pounds. Great work!
Post # 15
dreamer1288: I would try out another scale (to see if there’s an issue with yours) and track your food. Kickboxing is almost pure cardio, so it’s unlikely it would do anything to help you gain muscle, though it would account for the lost inches.
It’s really, really difficult for women to gain muscle. We really never have to worry about bulking up, etc. because it’s so difficult. It’s highly unlikely you’d have put on much muscle mass in 8 weeks especially if you’re not doing serious weight-training. You very likely will have changed your body composition though (realative percentages of body fat, muscle, water, bone).
As others have mentioned, perhaps there’s some water retention? But definitely track your caloric intake for a little while at least. The only period of my life I was obese was when I was vegan. All the healthy stuff in the world can equal stalled weight loss or gains if there’s too much of it!