(Closed) Started running and I've put on weight…help!

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

You are trading fat for muscle.  It’s a good thing.  Keep up with your training (make sure to eat back some of the calories you burn exercising) and either the weightloss will kick in or you will notice your measurements changing.  Oh, and take your measurements once a week because those will show a change when the scale doesn’t.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Oh honey, stop worrying – you’re building MUSCLE! It’s very good for your body πŸ™‚ The scale is really not what you should be going by, it’s such a terrible measurement of your fitness or health level. Try tracking your measurements, but even some of those might increase (like in your calves).

You also might want to try eating more – if you’re running a lot and only eating 1,200 calories a day then you’re probably not getting enough nutrients and your body could be holding onto what it can. I run 3x a week, and my base calorie goal each day is 1450-1500 calories. On running days, I usually eat 200-250 extra calories (mostly protein or complex carbs) to give my body added fuel for my workout.

 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@newcitylights:  I run about 3 times a week but I also incorporate weight training into my workouts for the other nights of the week. I think so many people focus on the scale and losing weight that they dont focus on the fact that you could be losing inches and gaining muscle. I have lost 10 pounds since December and I have only recently stepped on the scale to see what my actaul weight change has been. The scale can be very discouraging so try not to step on it so much

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@newcitylights:  I think that you’re either getting more muscular (which is a good thing), or you’re underestimating the calories that you eat.

Like I said on another thread, I don’t trust apps like my fitness pal. It’s so hard to accurately measure calories. People always tend to overestimate the calories they burn, and underestimate the ones they eat.

Are you having more food and/or protein shakes after your runs? That can easily cancel the calories you do burn.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

How do your clothes fit?  Are they getting snugger as well, or are you getting smaller but not necessarily lighter?

I agree- you need to add in weight lifting.  Also, with running that much, a 1200 calorie net might not be adequate to keep your metabolism burning as high as it should be.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

check your inches, not your weight!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Muscle weighs more, and looks better than fat πŸ™‚  Good job. Keep up the good work! 

 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Muscle weighs more than fat. I would stay away from the scale and measure yourself instead to see how many inches you are losing. Keep up the great work πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Is it possible you are not eating enough nutrient dense calories? Your body may be lowering its basal metabolic rate (decreased metabolism) in response to the perceived lack of caloric intake and increased in caloric output- thinking its in starvation mode and packing on as much weight as possible in order to have needed energy when no new calories are coming in.

ETA: Great job with the running and meal planning though!

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@newcitylights:  I agree, it does sound a bit odd. I read an article a few weeks back saying that food calories on labels are often way off. Maybe that’s part of it? I really don’t know.

I would try to mix up the exercise a bit and see if that helps. I also think it’s unlikely that you’re into “starvation mode”… you wouldn’t have any energy.

Maybe you’re more stressed so your body’s holding onto some extra weight?

Could you scale be off (like calibrated wrong)?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The others are probably right, it’s all muscle! But for me, I know I eat more when I work out and I turn into a hungry monster!!!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It’s very unlikely to be gaining muscle on a calorie deficit. Especially from running alone and not doing strength training. I think your calories are way too low for the amount of working out you’re doing. Your body may be holding onto all the calories it can get. I’d suggest upping the calories to 1500 with lots of lean protein and fruit and veggies. Incorporate strength training, lifting will show the greatest results in the way your body looks in a short period of time. 130 at 5’5″ is a healthy weight anyway. You’d be happier probably toning up, adding more definition. Don’t worry about the scale, rely on the way your clothes fit and measurements. 

 

 

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