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DRAGONCHILDE
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5/9/13 3:05 P

Your brother in law is a male. :) Women have a much, much harder time building muscle than men, so you can't use his progress as a gauge for how much you can/should build.

I'm not saying you CAN'T build muscle, simply that you can't expect to build muscle like a male. Women don't have the testosterone for that to be possible. It takes much longer, and more effort, for less gain.

I do question how much you're working out, though; how much of that is weight training? A good strength program shouldn't take more than about 30 minutes... more than that, and you're likely wasting time you could use more efficiently with a different program. More isn't necessarily better with regards to building strength. Many of our resident SP members have some great advice with regards to that.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 5/9/2013 (15:06)


BELLYDANCER19
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5/9/13 12:45 P

well i had a doc apt today and he said that my bfp is at 18% and that the scale i have should be pretty accurate as long as i am storing it properly and using in properly...also my brother in law has gained 5lbs of muscle in under 2 months...it isn't impossible....i have been regularly exercising for 1-3 hours a day and increasing weight and intensity for a year and a half now....i wouldn't expect to have a low or even average muscle mass my for age and height...



DRAGONCHILDE
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5/9/13 10:43 A

Yes, it can be thrown off by hydration levels. Take such measurements with a grain of salt. They're unreliable. If you really need to know your BFP, then get a caliper test done by a professional.

It takes months and years to build significant lean muscle mass... not a few weeks. You need a calorie surplus and many months, not a calorie deficit and 2 or 3. ;)

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 5/9/2013 (10:43)


BELLYDANCER19
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5/9/13 10:26 A

i also don't think my scale is thrown off by hydration levels since it is one that measures hydration muscle mass body fat and bone....i wonder though because it says i have gone from 44% muscle to 46.4% in the past 2-3 months and while i am pretty active and i know i build muscle pretty easily this seems like a lot to me i also haven't changed as far as measurements go.....but i have gained 3 lbs.....



BELLYDANCER19
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5/9/13 9:41 A

i measured my body fat with the measurements like around your neck and arm and hips and waist that actually gave me a lower percentage than my scale going by t he navy's measurement thingy for bfp it says mine is like 15.6 which is super low my scale says 18.4



DRAGONCHILDE
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5/9/13 9:18 A

How are you measuring your BF percentage? Are you using one of those impedance scales? If so, don't worry about it. Those things are notoriously inaccurate, and often only measure the BFP in the lower half of your body. They can also be completely thrown off by your hydration levels.



BELLYDANCER19
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5/9/13 8:55 A

i do tend to gain muscle really easily but i haven't really paid attention to it before i do notice a difference in my arms and legs with muscle but it bothers me that my measurements are the same....i am pretty active i teach belly dance run bike walk swim hike lift weights play basketball tennis volley ball and have three kids to chase after i have been running more maybe 20-30 miles a week up and down hills...



KCLARK89
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5/8/13 7:24 P

I found I have the same issue when I start lifting heavier! It's bizarre that I'm up higher, but I don't look any different; in fact, my arms especially look BETTER :)



UNIDENT
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5/8/13 3:13 P

It would be very unlikely that you've gained 3.5 pounds of muscle in such a short time frame. Muscle building also tends to require a calorie surplus, and most of us on spark are deliberately creating a calorie deficit.

It's probably water weight.

But at least it's not fat! :)



BELLYDANCER19
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5/8/13 12:38 P

so in the past two months i have gained back 3.5 lbs but my measurements are the same and my body fat percentage is the same but my muscle percentage is up 1.5%....have i just gained muscle? could it be water weight?



 
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