(Closed) anyone try the total gym (dress is too tight!!!)

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
465 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Be careful about lifting weights. You can actually GAIN inches as your muscle mass increases! Light lifting 2-3 times a week is fine, but I would really focus on cardio to make sure your dress fits. Good luck! Check out the hive running challenge!

Post # 4
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would try, just for a week, tracking your calorie intake just to make sure that you’re eating enough/not too much.  I’m also a vegetarian and a very healthy eater, but when I started calorie tracking, I lost 30lbs.

Also, consider trying your dress on again – sometimes you just have a bad day and something doesn’t fit right.  Do you eat a lot of salt or drink a lot of soda?  You could have just been really bloated. 

With the gym, work on your legs the most.  A lot of women make the mistake of not trying to work out their legs because they don’t want “scary” legs, but the legs are the easiest place to build a lot of muscle, which in turns burns more calories. 

Post # 5
2889 posts
Sugar bee

I second the calorie tracking. I know I posted it on the boards before but I love http://www.caloriecount.about.com It is really interesting to see what they recommend and how many calories are in what your are eating. Fruit has a lot of calories and I know I eat a lot more fruit in the summer but realized I should work on increasing veggies instead because they have so little calories. Ingredients like olive oil also pack on the calories secretly so maybe you are taking in more calories than you realize – weird that you said you lost pounds though.

Was this the first ime you ever tried on your gown? I had a problem with a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress that fit perfectly when I tried on the sample but my dress would not zipper when it arrived. The shop told me the smaple had prob been stretched from all the trying on and I should wear mine around the house to “break it in.” Maybe this could help.

Post # 6
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Count your calories, go on a diet, and do cardio.  THAT is what will make you lose fat and lose inches.  Also watch your salt intake and try again in a week. 

If you have time before or after your cardio, go ahead and use your total gym or weights 2-3 times a week.  As a woman, the amount of muscle you’ll build from that in just 2-3 times a week for two months will be really negligible as far as inches, but it will look nice!  The cardio is far far more important for fitting into your dress, though.  And yes, muscle burns more than fat, but you won’t put on more than a pound of muscle or two, and more likely less, in two months, so DO NOT count on that to burn your calories for you.  Even if you put on 20 pounds of muscle (you, female, won’t anytime soon), you wouldn’t be earning more than a fudgesickle a day worth of extra calories.

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