Losing weight now that I'm not working out anymore?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

First thought was losing muscle. Hmm…
Eating better?
Different kind of exercise (chasing puppy!)?
Eating less (I know I eat less in hot weather)?
MAGIC?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@kb7:  Perhaps you weren’t eating enough while working out and your body went into starvation mode? Now that you’re expeding fewer calories a day, but eating the same, your body feels like it doesn’t have to hold on to every ounce of energy you put into it.

If you start to workout again, try tracking your calories expended with a heartrate monitor and tracking what you eat. Try not to have more than a 1000 calorie deficit each day. This should add up to losing 2 pounds a week, since 1 pound is lost every 3000 calories expended.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Ahhh the losing muscle myth.

Look – unless you’re a hard core body builder 5lbs of muscle is A LOT!  You don’t lose 5lbs of muscle in a few weeks, even for the mega buff.

The truth is – most women lose the most weight when they cut down on what they eat, not just going to the gym. A lot of people overcompensate their calories when they work out because A.  They’re really hungry most of the time from working out or B. 90% of people assume they burn wayyyyyy more calories than they actually do at the gym so they eat a lot more assuming  it’s no problem.  “I just burned 1000 calories at the gym, sure I can have a big mac and fries!” When they probably only burned 500.

I got a personal trainer for a shoot I was doing and started with him 6 months before hand.  About 4 months in I couldn’t afford the trainer anymore, at 4 times a week.  I looked good and had lost some weight but I still had 2 months to go.  So I had to stop working out – I cut back my calorie intake and the weight loss was insane.  And I looked more toned and better than ever (so no, I didn’t lose much muscle mass at all, if any) and that was over a 2 month period of ZERO working out.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

Are you walking the puppy by chance?

I ask because no matter how much I use machines at the gym or take classes, I never loose weight like when I am walking/running the most. I always think I am getting the same work out, but running outside just works better for me.

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@kb7:  are you sure your diet has stayed the same?  Maybe you are eating the same KINDS of foods, but were eating MORE when you were exercising?  

I read an article that said for some people- exercise- in terms of losing weight- isn’t the best for everyone.  (Exercise is good for you- this was talking about the losing weight part specifically)– because when you work out, your body wants more calories and you’re more hungry.  So often times people will inknowingly eat more calories when they are working out often.

 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@kb7: I know when I did MFP, they always said if you weren’t losing weight even while exercising to switch up your exercises, so perhaps becuase you switched up your routine (ie playing with the dog or walking him) helped that. Also, taking breaks every once in a while from working out is better than working yourself. Rest days are just as important as work out days.

I wouldn’t consider this muscle loss becuase that’s a lot of muscle to lose.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@kb7:  It happened to me too a few years ago! I think it’s just your body’s “delayed response” to all your hard work. 

Think about the reverse process. Have you ever stuffed your face on a special occasion and dreaded the scale the next morning and then found out your weight was fine, then stepped onto the scale a week later and said “what the hell, I’ve been really good except for that feast last week?” I call that “delayed response” too.

I doubt it’s loss of muscle mass if you feel fine otherwise. Just enjoy running after your puppy and poking holes into your belts 🙂 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@kb7:  You should start working out again, the effect only lasts for a little while I’m afraid (trust me, I tried! lol). But maybe give yourself a few periods of rest and figure out new workouts – your body gets used to the same old thing and won’t cooperate anymore. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@kb7: That happened to me. I routinely worked out for 7 month, no visable results… stopped working out and lost 7 lbs the next month. I found that when I worked out I ate more…. not intentionally (or poorly). Working out really amped up my metabolism and I was hungry often. 

I think whatever muscle I built up from working out, burned off fat that I hadnt lost because I was inatking more calories, when I worked out. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@FleeSircus:  

The truth is – most women lose the most weight when they cut down on what they eat, not just going to the gym. A lot of people overcompensate their calories when they work out because A.  They’re really hungry most of the time from working out or B. 90% of people assume they burn wayyyyyy more calories than they actually do at the gym so they eat a lot more assuming  it’s no problem.  “I just burned 1000 calories at the gym, sure I can have a big mac and fries!” When they probably only burned 500.

 

EXACTLY! This is very true and very common. I’m a runner and so many people are shocked when they don’t lose weight training for a half or even full marathon. This is why!

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