(Closed) I lose more weight when I DON'T work out!!! WTH?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
4416 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The same thing tends to happen to me — I am usually VERY active, so if I stop for whatever reason (vacation, laziness, etc), I actually drop a couple pounds quickly. It’s probably because your metabolism is still rockin’ from all the working out you’d been doing before, but because you aren’t exercising, you aren’t eating as much because you just aren’t as hungry. And I don’t know about you, but when I know I haven’t worked out in a while, I tend to eat REALLY healthy stuff to try and make up for it. But after a week or so, your metabolism will slow back down and you won’t be dropping that weight anymore … so don’t get lulled into complacency! Haha I’m finally starting to ramp my exercise back up after an extended newlywed lazy period, and it SUCKS!

Post # 4
4313 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Do you eat more when you work out?

Post # 6
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’d take measurements of your entire body (arms, hips, waist, thighs), and then use that as your baseline for judging fitness/weight loss. By volume, muscle weighs more than fat. So if you’re trading fat for muscle, which is awesome for your health, you might not see the scale move as much. But your body will be leaner, hence making your measurements a good guide.

Post # 7
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I always find that during hot weather, I don’t eat as much.  And, I also don’t cook as much.  Could that be it?

Post # 8
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Muscle weighs more than fat and by exercising you are gaining muscle which is great and ultimately will tone and tighten so you will lose inches. I did a body challenge and only lost 4 lbs in 8 weeks but lost 4inches in hips and 5 in abs and looked like I lost a ton of weight. Going by the scale can be very disappointing, pay closer attention to how you feel and how your clothes fit. Good luckLaughing

Post # 9
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I doubt you would have lost muscle by not exercising in that period of time.  Do you consistently weigh yourself at same time in the same way every time?  I find that if I don’t do that, my weight can fluctuate as much as 4lbs throughout the day (and I’m a pretty thin gal).  Even by being consistent, I sometimes end up with 2lb fluctuations day-by-day.  Maybe keep weighing yourself and see if that might be the case!

Otherwise, as other bees have mentioned, try measuring as your primary means of judging weightloss.

Post # 11
352 posts
Helper bee

Two possible reasons 1) exercising is helping you develope muscle in place of fat but it leaves your body “weighing” more on the scale 2) Also when working out you probably drink more water, but when your not plus that hot of temps ( I live in TX so I am used to this) you will drop a lot of water weight .  Probably 2-3lbs you lost were water and not fat.  You probably lost the same amount of fat both weeks.  Like PP said, either tape yourself to judge or go by clothing, jean sizes , shirts, dress sizes etc.  You will notice more improvement that way and help stay ont track.

Post # 12
1433 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

You probably lost a lot of water weight from the heat. 

Post # 13
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

a 3.5lb change in a week’s time is often water weight— it’s just really difficult to keep up a big enough calorie deficit to support a 3.5 lb fat loss without going to liquid meals and other extremes— and hot weather does all sorts of weird stuff to your body’s water balance and retention.

Post # 14
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I always gain weight when I work out more – when I trained for a half marathon I gained 11 pounds! But when I work out, I lose body fat (which is super important) and inches, which is what really matters.

Post # 15
945 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Muscle weighs more than fat… Insteead of weighing yourself, have you tried measuring? The same thing was happening to me months ago, and it turned out i was getting in better shape.

Post # 16
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

It takes weeks for fitness-based weight loss and weight-gain to really show up, so those 3.5 lbs aren’t the result of this week’s lack of exercise. It’s probably water weight from heat-related dehydration and you finally seeing some results of the exercise you did earlier. If you continue not to exercise, you will probably start losing your muscle mass, which will make you weigh less but not be smaller or healthier.

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