Post # 1
I’m so confused! I hope some of you bees can share some experiences or insight with me.
Since our wedding last fall, I REALLY let myself go. Especially this past winter. I ate a LOT of carbs, ice cream and started to drink soda again on a regular basis. About three weeks ago, I made a lifestyle change, and cut out candies/unhealthy snacks, soda, and limited my calorie intake to about 1500-1600 calories a day. I also started exercising about 3 times per week, combining strength training with cardio after not working out for probably five months.
I love this new lifestyle, and I feel great (even only after three weeks), but I’m not sure if I’m going crazy or not because my clothes seem to fit even more snug than before I started working out and eating right.
What the heck is going on?
Unfortunately, I don’t weigh myself because I used to be obsessed with numbers, so I’m not sure if I’m actually losing weight or not (I ideally only want to lose 5-10 pounds – back to my wedding-day body).
Has this happened to anyone else? Will the weight start to come off soon?
Post # 3
Congratulations on making a lifestyle change. If you are losing weight, you clothes would not be fitting more snug. Have you considered that you may be pregnant? That is the thought that first came to my mind.
Post # 4
@noritake22: Ha, nope, never even considered it. It’s actually not possible right now 🙂
Post # 5
maybe you are gaining muscle. also i feel like sometimes it takes my body a little bit (week or 2) to catch up with what im doing. so i would say keep it up and im sure you will see results. oh… and also i know when i do not eat a balanced diet, even if i am keeping my calorie count down, i do not lose weight. its just something about getting in 5 fruits and veggies, a protein, oil… thats what helps me.
Post # 6
Sometimes, when you first start a lifestyle change like this, at least for me, I bloat a little bit.. but after a month it all goes away and weight just falls off… so i would give it another week or two and see where you are at.
Post # 7
@Miss Chapstick: It was just a thought 🙂
I don’t have any idea then, unless you are eating processed foods. They could make your tummy bloat and also if it is that time of the month.
Post # 8
I agree with @stephanie63087 – sometimes it take a few weeks for your body to catch up to changes in diet/exercise. Try not to get discouraged, because it sounds like you’re doing a great job so far. I’d also wonder where you clothes are fitting tighter. I have recently started working out fairly often, doing some running and biking- and I think my leg muscles (thigh) are getting bigger, but my stomach/waist area is getting a little smaller and smoothed out.
Post # 9
I would say you’re DEFINITELY gaining muscle. 🙂 It’s a lot easier to gain muscle than to lose fat, but once your body decides you’re going to keep that new muscle (after about 4 weeks), it’ll start burning the fat away. Even if you DO get on a scale, it’ll probably say you’ve gained a few pounds!
I just read the other day that carrying a pound of fat only burns 3 calories a day, but carrying a pound of lean muscle burns 40-60 calories a day! So don’t give up!!
Post # 10
Thanks, ladies! This makes me feel a bit better.
As far as what foods I’m eating, I try to stick to whole grains, fruits and veggies. I’m on-the-go a LOT for my career, so much of the time, I’m depending on Smart Ones meals for dinner, and then a skinny cow ice cream bar as the occasional dessert, so there are definitely processed foods in my diet. Maybe that’s it?
I’ve noticed the “snugness” in my thighs the most.
Post # 11
You have a second vote here for gaining muscle. If you haven’t been working out much, your muscle mass has most likely deteriorated. Since you’ve been back to working out and flipping back and forth with strength training and cardio, you’re most likely building your muscle mass back up again. Muscle always weighs more than fat…so you’re building yourself up a little more first.
When you’re doing cardio, can I ask about how high your heart rate is? Are you running? When your heart rate is much higher than normal, that’s considered cardio which is building your heart muscle and keeping it healthy. When your heartrate is only slightly higher, that’s considered your fat burning rate…things like walking and light aerobics will help you to burn more fat.
Keep it up! Eventually, you’ll start to see clothes fitting better!
Post # 12
@2PeasinaPod: Oh gosh, I don’t know what my heart rate is. I should probably be monitoring that, right? For cardio, I’m doing the Jillian Michael’s Burn Fat Boost Metabolism DVD, and then going with jogs, too. I wouldn’t say that I’m a runner, though. Definitely go at a slower pace than my husband!
Post # 13
i vote that you gained muscle also. that happens faster than shedding the subcutaneous fat layers, so you might notice a bit of bulk right now. keep it up though and as you build more muscle the fat will burn off – particularly if you maintain that healthy diet – lots of whole grains, high in fiber, fruit, and veggies.
it sounds to me like you are off to a great start!
(just as a side note, my own personal experience: I started weight training in January of this year to get more toned/in better shape (not really to lose weight – I’m already quite small) and since that time, even though I’m working out 4-5 days a week of mixed cardio/weights and have maintained my same healthy diet, I’ve actually gained about 5-7 lbs. but my BMI has dropped 5-6%. The weight increase is from muscle and since muscle is denser than fat, my waist, face, arms and legs have all either stayed the same size or gotten a bit thinner even though the scale went up. So, don’t get discouraged!)
Post # 14
Way to go on stepping up your workout!
Even though you’re watching your calories, you did mention that you are on the go a lot and are eating processed dinners (smart ones, etc.). Are you drinking LOTS of water to counteract the sodium in those meals?
I know if I eat a frozen meal or a processed meal and I don’t drink all of my water (usually between two liters and a gallon a day), my clothes fit tighter and I feel bloated.
Even if you’re drinking a lot of liquids, make sure you’re getting in lots of clean water with no additives (no coffee, diet soda, crystal light, etc.) as well. That is, if you’re not already doing that. 🙂
Post # 15
Try keeping track of your progress by your *measurements* instead of how much weight you gain/lose. Since your goal is what size you are, and not what your weight is, that seems like a much better way to track things. Your workout routine likely has you gaining muscle, which weighs more than the fat you will burn off. The muscle will also help you burn more calories, so more muscle = more weight loss. Try buying a measuring tape (in the sewing section of stores) and see how your body changes.
Post # 16
I would also submit that since you are now working out, your muscles are processing water in order to “heal” after you “break” the fiber. As part of this process, they swell. This is completely normal. Additionally, the nerve endings in your muscle fiber are more sensitive right now (usually noticed in the legs or any other place where there are large masses of muscles), as your body adjusts to your newfound fitness regimen. Time is the answer. You should feel “more normal” in a month or so. And drink water. Congrats on your new lifestyle!