People always try to blame weight gain while working out on "muscle gain" but there's no way you gained 5 pounds of muscle in just 6 weeks! According to bodybuilding.com, gaining 5 pounds of muscle in a YEAR is a more realistic figure. (How Fast Can A Person Gain Muscle?- http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/pierce7p.htm)
I once heard (I think on John Tesh?) that when you start exercising, you will naturally feel the need to eat 100 calories extra on top of extra calories equivalent to that which you're burning. So- it you worked out and burned 300 calories, your body would want to eat 400 more calories that day. Now, this is just an average/estimate- and everyone's body is different of course. I wish I had a source for this info, but since I heard it on the radio unfortunately I don't. :( So take it with a grain of salt, but it's definitely something to consider as a possibility! I know it definitely seems to be the case with me.
I think the trick is just tracking your calories, which it sounds like you're already doing. :)
I do believe if you keep up the running, and tracking calories, eventually you will definitely start losing inches. :) The only time in my life I was ever really successful with weight loss was when I was on a very similar exercise program to what you're doing! I ate 1200-1300 calories a day and ran about 10 miles a week and the pounds came off like crazy. Now I realize the 1200 calories probably wasn't enough, but I felt fine and never starving or anything so I just never really thought about it!
You're gonna hear tons of opinions on here about why you gained, but the truth is we still don't know all the science behind weight loss/nutrition. New discoveries are being made all the time! Maybe someday we will have a magic formula for weight loss- but for now it seems to be trial and error!
Edited by: JAMIE68117 at: 3/26/2013 (22:35)
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