(Closed) Weight Gain in 7 months.

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Weights? I’m not gonna lie, don’t know much about it, but I think that would help you tone up and have lean muscle rather than just feel blah?

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@StefLovesJamie:  How old are you? Just curious because since a lot of the weight is in the boob & butt area it could have been part of the end of maturing. 

Also, BMI is not the best test of your health, it’d be better to get a body fat test done. It’ll tell you what percent of your body is fat. You want to make sure you have enough body fat to have your body work correctly (i.e. have correct menstrual periods, etc).

Also, if you start working out your weight my only go down a little bit but you will get smaller if you are exchanging fat for muscle.

Muscle is denser than fat, so 1 lb of muscle takes up less space in your body than 1 lb of fat. 

You can get back to being a smaller size while still being a healthy weight if you are working out regularly.

Unfortunately there is no way to dictate where your body will lose the weight. You might lose your boobs and your butt if that is where your body chooses to lose fat. 

You can do things like lunges, squats, etc but build up the butt muscle though.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You are still pretty young, that’s probably why your boobs and butt just came out of nowhere.  I’m 5’5″ and weight about 140 and I’m almost 25.  I have quite a bit of muscle though.  I think you should focus more on weight training, gaining muscle and toning up instead of just loosing weight.  It helps if you redistribute the weight into muscle sometimes Wink.

ETA: I also filled out a lot in college (I was about the same as you in HS) but once I started working out, it really helped to get everything in good proportion.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@StefLovesJamie:  That is not an accurate test then. If you had .001% fat, you’d be dead.

Did she use calipers?

Essential fat for women is a minimum of 10-12% even with that body fat percentage you’d be very underweight.

Competative fit atheletic women usually have 14-20% fat

And acceptable body fat (i.e. a healthy level) for women is in the 20-30% range. 

ETA: This may seem like an odd questions, but do you currently have normal periods? Did you have normal periods 7 months ago?

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I had the same thing happen to me between 18 and 19. I went from a skinny little stick (not underweight, just a beanpole) with practically no boobs to full on booty and double d’s…in total over the course of being in college I probably put on about 30-35 pounds. I did lose some weight after graduating (partly as a result of switching BC) but my curves have stuck around.

It’s just your body maturing. Don’t get hung up on what you weigh–honestly, you might want to consider getting rid of your scale, particularly if you had an ED in the past. As long as you are healthy and active, that’s the most important thing. And you might be surprised, people might think you look better/more attractive at the weight you are now.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@StefLovesJamie:  Ah ok. Then toning up seems like the best option!

You want to do a mix of cardio and weight training. 

Yoga & pilates are good for long lean muscles.

A lot of gyms have sculpting classes that will help teach you weight training exercises to do as well. 

Seeing as you’ve had an ED in the past, focusing on toning and being healthier is probably better than focusing on losing weight.

Also, I asked about periods because being underweight and having body fat that is too low can cause your periods to stop. 

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@StefLovesJamie:  It’s a hard line sometimes to focus on food that is good for you without obsessing.  What really helped me in college was not living on campus.  I ate mostly real food and didn’t live on pizza and ramen like a lot of my friends at the time.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@StefLovesJamie:  If you are worried about potentially cutting too many calories or falling back into the pattern of an ED, maybe it’d be good to use a site to record your calories and other nutrients. Not as a tool to calorie restrict, but as a tool to make sure you are getting enough calories, fat, protein, carbs, fiber, etc in your diet. 

You could use a site like myfitnesspal.com and say you just want to maintain your weight (while exercising to tone up). That way you will see the # of calories your body needs to keep your current weight while exercising and building muscle. The weight you are currently at is a much healthier weight, now it sounds like you just want to firm up a bit (not necessarily drop weight).

Also, the nice thing about muscle is it burns calories just sitting there. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn at rest.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

HI! At 5″6, you can weight up to 145 lbs. You are around the weight you should be…maybe ten pounds higher. Weight gain that is sudden like this without changing your diet too much should be discussed with a doctor, to rule out any medical issues just to be on the safe side!)

Also, your doctor is the best source of advice on healthy eating and weight loss for you, based on your medical history. When you suffer from an ED in the past, this is especialyl important t onotify your doc as those who have had ED in the past and diet sometimes slip into their old patterns. Also, the  emotions you are feeling need to be talked about with someone you trust ๐Ÿ™‚  It is wonderful your Fiance also suffered from an ED so you can support one another and if you are not in a support group, I would reccomend going to one to talk about the feelings you are experiencing.

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yeah, I am only a few years older than you. I am sure it is just your body becoming fully mature… especially considering your age. I was the same way about 110lbs or less then within a year I gained several pounds. It will take some time to make you feel comfortable in your own skin but it is just a part of “becoming a woman”, as cliche as that sounds. Exercise is always good but I have to say, if you are anything like me.. no matter how much you work out your hips will still be wide and womanly and your  “large C cups, definitely not lackin’ in the butt area, and there’s meat on me.” will not go away completely if at all.

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