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4/10/13 12:28 P

Although you need to know how much you weigh to correctly estimate your caloric burn in cardiovascular exercises, your weight is not a reliable measure of the amount of fat you have. As M@L pointed out, what matters is the body fat %. Either get it tested or at least take measurements of body parts (most notably chest, belly, hips and thighs) once every month for a reliable way to monitor your progress in reaching a healthy body fat %.

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4/10/13 5:40 A

When starting/increasing a workout program, it is a common response for your muscles to retain water. This increase in your lean mass can lead to an increase in the scale, even as you are burning fat.

Easiest way to convince your doc? Get your body fat percentage tested. (Most gyms will do this for a small fee).

BFP is a far more meaningful measure of overall health than total weight.

M@L

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
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4/10/13 5:14 A

After 2 months away from exercise due to major surgery, I've been back at it for 6 weeks and have really upped my workouts as I begin training for a 13.1. Here's the issue, since my return, the scale show at least a 5 lb weight gain. With an upcoming check-up soon, I can already hear my doctor say exercise, watch what you eat, and loose weight. Really!!! Non-scale victories continue to reveal theirselves to me, but how can you make most doctors understand this. Thank you very any suggestions/encouragement.
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