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If you feel that you're pants are tighter, you may be experiencing some bloating due to water retention. When a person works out intensely, their muscle fibers soak up water like a sponge. this is what they are supposed to do. your muscles will release any excess water they don't need once they've adapted to the new routine.
If you've been running on a regular basis, you've probably increased the lean muscle in your legs. Water retention can cause your muscles to swell. But, that swelling should go down in a few days.
Have you been logging your food choices ? Eyeballing or estimating isn't enough. If you're not tracking your food, mindless eating or the extra nibble here or there could be the cause of that five pound gain.
Could have you have gained five pounds of muscle in a year ? Assuming that you are not eating more than you think, yes, you could have gained five pounds of muscle. However, do you look more defined ? a five pound muscle gain would be noticeable. Clothes should fit a bit better, not tighter if you gained muscle.
Not to get nosy, but did you change birth control ? I know women who made no changes to their nutrition or exercise routine and gained weight when they changed BC. the weight gain was a result of water retention and bloating.
So those are a few possible theories. If you're not logging your food, I'd start by logging again to see if there has been a change to your eating habits.
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Hi guys! Hope someone can help with my problem. Since increasing my distance somehow i managed to put 5 pounds in last year. I do watch what i am eating. I don't know if it makes any difference but i do not drink a lot during my runs. My bladder is not that strong so i prefer to drink my water afterwards.
I also increased my weight training. In the past I did more cardio. Now i do Jillian Michaels Body revolution Dvds 2-3 times as well as running around 25 miles a week. My problem is that my jeans are getting slightly uncomfortable. And it does not make me feel very nice. Honestly, even if i gained more muscles - its a weight gain. Dont know what am i doing wrong.
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