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ISHQBINA
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10/6/11 5:11 P

Maybe try talking to your trainer and expressing your concerns. Together you might be able to figure something out :)



DISP770
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10/6/11 4:42 P

SLYSAM: thanks!

BASILIC: Maybe! I'm just afraid to eat more. I'd like to see a nutritionist, but there really aren't any in my area.



BASILIC
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10/6/11 4:36 P

DISP770 - Maybe you are getting too few calories. If your body isn't getting enough calories, then your metabolism compensates by slowing down.




SLYSAM
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10/6/11 4:18 P

I don't think anyone is tired of you, we are all here to support each other. I admire your persistence and hope it pays off. I hope your trainers program works for you. Increased fitness is a good thing in itself as it helps you be a little healthier.



DISP770
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10/6/11 4:13 P

SLYSAM: It is VERY frustrating! This happens to me EVERY time I start working out. And then I get frustrated and stop because I'm afraid I'll gain more weight, and the weight I gained while working out stays on. Thus, I continue to gain weight. 20 lbs in the past year. I am now almost 100 lbs from where I want to be. 100 POUNDS!!!

My meal plan is from the gym, not from SP. My trainer is trying a new program. It is a low-fat, low carb plan and 1300 cals. I do pretty well on it when I do have the food on hand.

I know it isn't easy, and it never will be, and I've been crying on this site for 2 years. I'm sure people are tired of me! lol



SLYSAM
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10/6/11 4:02 P

Hi DISP770, that sounds a little frustrating. I am glad to hear your blood work is fine and that you are seeing some fitness improvement. How long has that been going on--the work with no loss? Usually it is diet, so if you are not tracking your food and carefully measuring your portions, that may help you immensely even if you just do it for a week or so. I think it is easy to get accurate measures with scales. Eating healthy food is a good step though it is still possible to eat enough good, healthy food to prevent weight loss.

The other thing is Spark's BMR figures are an estimate as there are a lot of variable factors to your metabolism so it may take a little tweaking up or down to find the right balance. Another thing is any calorie burn figures are estimates and can be as much as 20% or more off for an individual so depending on how you are getting those calorie burn figures they may be a little off, it doesn't usually make a huge difference unless you are eating back your exercise calories. While weight loss is fairly simple in theory, well if it were easy and simple everyone (who needs to) would do it.



BASILIC
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10/5/11 10:52 P

I notice I also have temporary weight gain after I take Ibuprophen, which I also took after my longer bike rides.



DISP770
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10/5/11 8:50 P

I am on a meal plan, eating better than I have in a long time. I have also had tons of bloodwork and there is nothing wrong with me. (so they say!)



DISP770
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10/5/11 8:48 P

I AM getting a little stronger. It's a bit easier to do pushups (granted I only go down about 2 inches!) and situps, but the weight loss just isn't there.



SLYSAM
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10/5/11 8:34 P

It is normal to see a small increase on the scale right after starting a program. I think, for me that weight stays on as I also drop a similar amount if I take a break of a week or so. But my weight loss does continue after a short pause of a week or two if I stay on track so it does not seem to stop me from losing weight. Remember, a common and healthy rate of loss is 1-2 pounds a week and if you gain 5 pounds in water weight from your program it may take a few weeks to see a loss even if you are losing fat. But your size may decrease a little while this is happening. After a few weeks...

If your weight is stalled or slightly up and you are losing inches, you are making progress. Also if you are losing pounds and inches you are making progress.

If your size and weight is the same and you are seeing signs your strength/fitness is improving that is progress on fitness, but most likely the diet needs some work.

If you are not seeing fitness improvement, pounds lost or inches lost something is wrong.
The first place to look for what is wrong really is the diet. If the diet is good, your fitness plan is on track and you are seeing an increase or stall over time with no inch loss, perhaps see a doctor to look into whether there is something else going on. Certain medications can cause extra challenges for people, but that would likely be a listed side effect of those medications.



YOU_CALIBAN
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10/5/11 6:05 P

Are you at least getting stronger?

If you're not losing weight, not losing inches, AND not gaining strength, your program needs to be reevaluated from the ground up.



DISP770
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10/5/11 5:43 P

I have this problem too, in fact it's like a 5 lb weight gain, and it never goes away, so I give up. I'm trying REALLY hard to push through this time!!! It's really frustrating though. I don't ever lose inches either.



BASILIC
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10/4/11 12:45 A

I rode my bike in 90 degree weather for 34 miles, so I needed the extra socium.



GRAGAIN
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10/4/11 12:20 A

I have a physically challanging job, I notice weight gain after several shifts in a row. To minimize its effects I've learned to really watch my sodium intake on these days. Maybe that is true of your workout weight also?



MOTIVATED@LAST
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10/3/11 7:30 P

Yes, using the tape, rather than the scale, is often a much better means of tracking your progress, and is less sensitive to water weight changes.

M@L



BASILIC
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10/3/11 5:54 P

That makes me feel better. My weight finally went back down this week. Of course more reason not to rely so much on the scale all the time. emoticon



YOU_CALIBAN
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10/3/11 5:34 P

It's kind of funny, since if you perpetually work out hard, your weight is increased due to water retention. In my experience, no amount of liquid will prevent this (I drink more tha a gallon a day). I stopped caring.



ARCHIMEDESII
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10/3/11 2:45 P

Yes. It's perfectly normal. When you work your muscles intensely, they soak up water like a sponge. This is what they are supposed to do. You'll notice some water retention after an intense workout. it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that will pass in a few days. You may even notice some swelling. this too will pass.




Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 10/3/2011 (14:46)


BASILIC
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10/3/11 2:20 P

Is it common to have a temporary weight gain two days after a heavy work out.



 
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