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JACOB_B Posts: 317
12/19/12 3:40 P

I'm basically eating the same stuff. Chili, sandwiches, steak, chicken, a cookie, a piece of candy (got to have something sweet every now and then) etc. Nothing has really changed. However, my friend who is thin and always has a hard time gaining weight, told me he gained at least 5 lbs. Guess it means the weight lifting is working in the right way.

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12/19/12 1:16 P

Our bodies are very complex; It could be temporary, or your diet may have changed more than you think. Are you weighing/measuring t hings, or eyeballing it? Are you tracking at all?

I'd say that without more specifics, it's hard to say. :)

JACOB_B Posts: 317
12/18/12 8:51 P

I weigh myself around the same time, every week. Monday morning when I wake up and after the bathroom. I've stayed around 205 lbs for a while, now I see a big gain of about 209-210 lbs and it's on it. How is that explained in a month without much of a change to the diet?

Edited by: JACOB_B at: 12/18/2012 (20:51)
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12/18/12 8:26 P

The effects vary. Here's the experts answer on the temporary gain:

Generally speaking, give new lifestyle changes as much as 6-8 weeks (diet and exercise both) to start showing up on the scale. :) how long it takes each person is completely individual.

Ab exercises can give you a stronger core, but they won't "tone" your stomach... squats don't tone your butt and legs. :) They make them stronger, but how your muscles "show" is more about body fat percentage, not muscle strength. Strength training is important for many reasons, to preserve lead muscle mass, increase metabolism, boost performance... but burning fat from specific parts of your body, not so much. The term "tone" doesn't realyl mean anything, from a fitness perspective. It's more of a marketing term than anything.

Muscle gain is very slow... no, you likely did not gain 5 lbs of muscle in just a month. Body builders think in terms of a lb a month or less. :) However, our bodies can fluctuate as much as 10 pounds in a single day! You see, our weight is not a static number. It's a vital sign, like your blood pressure or body temperature. Depending on the foods you eat, and the activity you do, it will change several times over the course of a day! The other day, I weighed myself in the morning. 190.2. That night? 195.6! I didn't gain 5.4 lbs in a day. ;) Not of fat! However, I did eat, and the food was high in sodium.

Check your diet... do you eat out a lot? Eat a lot of prepackaged stuff? Salt content can have a greater effect on the scale than you realize, even when you eat in your calorie range. It takes roughly 3500 calories to make a pound of fat. Which means that you have to eat that much OVER your normal metabolic rate (BMR) to gain! In order to gain 5 lbs of *fat*, you'd need to eat more than 17000 calories over the course of a week, on TOP of your daily BMR (between 1500-2000 for most people).

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 12/18/2012 (20:28)
JACOB_B Posts: 317
12/17/12 7:42 P

Interesting to hear about the water retention for muscles. How long does that last anyways?

And I know I'm LOSING inches off my waist (maybe you glanced too quickly ;) ) but it seems that as my waist shrinks, my belly increases, if that makes any sense. But like you said, it could be a relative perception shift as since the waist got smaller, the belly could stay the same and thus look bigger.

I know that you cannot target weight loss, but could one do ab exercises to at least tone up the stomach area like one does squats to tone the butt, legs, etc?

I know for a fact I'm eating enough lol, but I may be eating a bit more sometimes, but not enough to gain all the weight that is shown on the scale. Is it possible to gain 4-5 lbs or more in muscle in a month? I started at like 205 or so and am at 210. Seems like a big gain and since my pants are falling without a belt, I know it can't all be fat gain.

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12/17/12 1:38 P

It's actually quite normal to see an upward shift in weight when you start a new or more challenging weight program. The reason for this is because our muscles will retain water to meet the needs of your muscles.

This is temporary. :)

As for whether or not your waist is getting bigger... are you measuring it, or just guessing? Our perceptions can rarely be trusted. :) Your waist may be getting smaller, and as a result, your stomach *seems* larger... when it actually hasn't changed in size. It's just a relative perception shift since there's less waist to fit. ;)

Unfortunately, we can't target where the weight loss happens. Weight loss is a total body process, so all the crunches in the world won't make your gut go away. (Don't I know it. If it were possible, I'd have a six pack instead of a keg!) Fat loss is a total body process. Remember that weight loss happens in the kitchen. Tracking your intake is important, because all the exercise in the world can't outrun a bad diet! Even if you don't think you are eating more, you may be... or, in some cases, you may not be eating enough!

JACOB_B Posts: 317
12/16/12 8:01 P

Congrats on losing all those inches! It's just hard to think that all that gain is from muscle, though, as I know muscle does take a while to gain, or so I heard. It's like, can 4 lbs or so of muscle really be added within a month, and what about the weight loss as I know I'm running now and my diet hasn't really changed, in regards to what I've used to eat and didn't gain to now. It seems like I'll have a very small waist, but a very big belly lol. So sad.

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12/16/12 7:57 P

I toltally agree i have only lost 2lbs in a month but have lost 27 inches from top to bottom....I do know that when u gain muscle u do gain weight or do not lose where the belly is concerned i have been having a rough weekend because of that exactly. My stomach has gone down somewhat but not enough...I think that bellies are the hardest thing to get rid of......We will just keep working and working until we get where we are trying to go!!! Remember...TOMMORROW IS A NEW DAY!!!!

JACOB_B Posts: 317
12/16/12 7:52 P

So I've gotten into this new exercise program which I basically do two back to back exercises, like a chest and then tricep exercise, and rest for a minute, and then go back at it. Think it's called super sets. I've been tracking my weight every week and it just seems like I'm gaining weight. I know I'm losing weight in my waist as my pants are slipping off, but it's frustrating as the belly is still there and looks bigger. Like my waist decreases, but my belly increases, if that makes sense. Was wondering if there are others out there that feel the same way.

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