I have REALLY been focusing on exercise the past month - really upping the cardio and strength training to a level I have never worked at before. I have noticed considerable....um, bloat to certain parts of my body and stagnant readings on the scale. My legs feel bulkier, heavier, and BIGGER than ever! I feel like a bloated frog, lol. I know it is temporary, but it is a *little* disheartening since my body seems to really be holding onto this water. I understand that muscles that aren't used to being worked so hard will generally soak up water and retain it....But, for how long??? I want to actually start reaping benefits at some point. I feel like I am going the other way. Working my butt off, but gaining butt instead...
If you get what I mean, lol. I am eating well, tons of veggies and fruits, staying in my calorie range, eating the occasional treat but staying in range, etc. I just wish my muscles would release this extra water already!! It's been a month of feeling like I'm "getting no where". I wouldn't mind the scale not budging if my pants/clothes were looser, but they're not! My pants are fitting tightly due to the water weight.
Should I stop working out so intensely for a bit and work back up slowly? I do burn over 1,000 calories per workout (generally 1,000-1,200 calories). Well, according to the machines. I work out 5x week. I eat about 1,500 calories a day.
Thanks for any advice!!
Edited by: VANHALENFAN at: 3/14/2013 (23:15)
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