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why am i gaining weight since i have been working out and watching what i eat?

By August 26, 2008 - 11:31am
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Sometimes it cause only because of the slight anomalies in fat cells..May be they are increasing in size too.You must consult the specialist for your health issues.

May 14, 2013 - 3:54am

A few years ago, I thought I'd join a marathon training program in order to get my menopause weight under control. What actually happened was that I gained weight. The demands of pounding the pavement to the tune of umpteen miles per week upon my body required an increased intake of calories. It took some time for my body to reach the point at which the intake and the burn balanced out. As I increased my running pace, I began to lose weight, a bit at a time. At my age, all things take a little longer, lol!

Lesson learned: do not be surprised by a weight gain. The myth is that muscle weighs more than fat. Logically, a pound of anything still weighs a pound. You may be gaining a bit of weight because your body is trying to adjust to the increased demands you are placing upon yourself to fuel your muscles.

In time, all will balance out. Your body shape will change as you lose inches, and you will eventually reach a point at which you are burning calories efficiently enough to begin losing weight. You will even have to increase the intensity of your workouts in order to lose weight.

Be patient and keep up the good work!

August 26, 2008 - 5:45pm

I have a few possible ideas why this may be occurring:

1. Instead of weighing your self, have you had your body fat tested? You may be losing fat, and gaining muscle?

2. Have you kept a food diary/journal, as you mentioned you are "watching what you eat". Another possibility is that you may be eating in a "healthy" manner, but if you are still consuming more calories then you are expending, you can still gain weight. So, a lot of variables are in place, including the amount of calories you are eating versus the type of exercise you are doing. For example, slow walking burns as little as 100 calories/hour and intense, high-impact aerobics or dancing can burn 500+ calories/hour!

3. Lastly, it might take time for your body to adjust to your new workout routine and new foods.

Does any of this help?

August 26, 2008 - 2:45pm

Hi lizziewallace2000, Thanks for writing. I have a few questions for you ... What is your age? Are you on any medications such as anti-depressants or steroids? Do you have a medical condition that could contribute to weight gain?

August 26, 2008 - 11:48am
(reply to Tina Tran)

hi tina, i am 48 and no i am not taking any medications. I do not have any medical conditions and i feel great. Any ideas?
Thanks, lizzie.

August 26, 2008 - 11:59am
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