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KCLIME12
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3/7/13 2:45 P

Thanks for the article, the chemistry aspect was what I was looking for. My concern was that if I continue to challenge myself strength-wise, I'll keep retaining water. As far as eating right, I weigh, count, and measure everything I eat - EVERYTHING! My set range is 1560-1910 and I have stayed within that range, usually on the lower end (around 16-1700) all but one day and that was a very unique day in my life for multiple reasons.

I had set my trackers to be shared but I guess I didn't do it right. I'll have to check that again.

Thanks for the answer.

Edit: I figured out the private issue...I had my tackers shared but my page private. D'oh!

Edited by: KCLIME12 at: 3/7/2013 (23:34)


DRAGONCHILDE
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3/7/13 10:28 A

Here is the SP expert answer:

www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe
rts.asp?q=68


If you are eating at a calorie deficit, it is unlikely you will be building a significant amount of muscle mass, certainly not in just 5 weeks. Building muscle requires a calorie surplus. (That's why body builders eat more than their maintenance.) You can improve quality, but only to a point. There's no set amount of time that your water retention will last; if you continue to challenge yourself, it may hold on!

Realistically though, it won't stop you from losing weight (nor fat) but it's mostly just masking what's really happening.

IF you aren't losing weight, then it's time to look at your diet. What does "eating right" mean for you? Are you weighing, measuring, and accurately tracking the food you put in your body? What's your current calorie range, and how much are you actually eating day to day?

Your page is private, s o I can't see your trackers. SP does have a great series on how to break a plateau. Here's the first article:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=516


Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 3/7/2013 (10:28)


KCLIME12
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3/7/13 9:00 A

Can someone clarify to me what the relationship between building muscles, glycogen storage, and water weight is? I've been plateaued for about 5 weeks now, and during that time I've been sticking to my ranges and working out. I'm on a 5 to 10k running program right now, but I also lift weights on a bowflex, do cardio kickbox videos occasionally, and intermix all of that with yoga. I've been increasing the amount of weight I lift, and my muscle mass has begun visibly increasing. But as I understand it, building muscle causes your body to store glycogen and water.

My question is if I am looking to be continuously building muscle for a while, when will the water retention stop? At my lowest weigh in (170) I was 5 pounds from my first goal, but no amount of eating right, drinking water, and working out has been able to get me closer. I have been fluctuating between 170-174 for a month now. Mind you, my first goal does not put me at a healthy weight, still 11 pounds into the overweight category. When will this settle down and normal out?



 
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