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9/2/17 3:08 P

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What you're probably experiencing is some water retention from the increase in exercise and strength training.

When a person does an intensive strength training workout, their muscle fibers soak up water like a sponge. This is what your muscles are supposed to do. As your body adapts to the change in routine, your muscles will release any excess water they don't need.

It is hard for a woman to pack on muscle when they are eating at a deficit. In order to "gain" lean muscle, a person must eat a surplus of calories. Ever read the articles about what body builders eat ? they eat thousands of calories a day.

So, if you're only eating 1200-1500, your body will have a hard time increasing muscle. What is happening is that your making the muscle you already have work more efficiently. Which is great ! that's exactly what you want !

You can't beat yourself up if you haven't lost any weight or if you seem to be gaining. At your current weight and height, your BMI is 21.9. that IS an extremely healthy range for your height.

Also, if you're not tracking your food, how do you know you're eating 1200-1500 calories ? Another thing to consider is that if you increased the amount of exercise you do, your appetite should have increased too. When a person burns more calories, their body CRAVES more calories for energy. In order to do a 1-2 hour workout, your body should be screaming for food.

Which is also not unusual.

My question is this... what do you want to accomplish with the increase in running or kettlebell workouts ? are you preparing for a road race ? If so, then you should eat like an athlete, not a dieter. If you are trying to lose weight, then you need to take a closer look at exactly what you've been eating. If you're exercising more to burn more calories, it wont work.

From my own experience I can tell you that when it comes to gaining or losing weight, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition and portion control take the weight off and keep it off. exercise is what keeps our bodies fit.

My advice would be to really assess why you want to lose 5-10 pounds. And if you do want to lose that amount, you have to be ready to watch every single morsel you eat. With so little to lose, it's going to be slow going. So, you have to ask yourself why it is you want to lose.

If you want to lose to fit into a smaller size, you don't need to starve yourself. You just need to continue with strength training in order to increase lean muscle. But remember, when you increase lean muscle, your scale weight will go up. Your inches will go down.

What do you want to gain (pardon the pun) by losing 5-10 pounds ? That would take you to a BMI of 20.1. the lower end of healthy for your height. If you just want to be smaller, then concentrate on eating as cleanly as possible combined with the strength training.

Don't kill yourself to lose that 5-10. If you're miserable trying to lose, maybe your losing for the wrong reasons.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 9/2/2017 (16:44)
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9/2/17 1:52 A

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I'm with SLIMMERKIWI. If your clothes are feeling tighter, what makes you think it is body fat that is causing that tightness, and not muscle gain?

The running and strength training and kickboxing would certainly do that (gain muscle).

Get yourself a scale that measures both weight and body fat percentage. Many department stores sell them, but if not a sports store. You tell them your age, sex and height, then they weigh you, and drive a small electric current through you and measure your electrical resistance. Muscle transmits electricity better than fat, so they figure out your body fat percentage.

Once you get your percentage, find a table as to what is normal, and high, and low. I think you'll find that you are on the low end of body fat.

Edited by: -JAMES- at: 9/2/2017 (01:54)

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Hi - if your weight ticker is accurate, then you are right at the bottom end of a healthy BMI, so you really can't afford to lose any more weight.

I suggest you get your % Fat tested. A skin-fold caliper test is the most affordable, accurate way of doing it. (The fat scales are notoriously inaccurate.) A lot of Gyms do this for a small fee. Just ask, and also ensure that the person doing it is fully qualified to do so, otherwise your results could very easily be inaccurate.

Regardless of weight-gain/loss, doing exercise is never for nothing. Your body WILL be seeing positive results, they just may not be visible.


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I've been a spark member for a long time now just took a hiatus from tracking.
I haven't had much results from the program and the tracking was becoming monotonous and it was just making me feel worse about myself.
I have recently started running again and incorporating kickboxing classes and kettle bells. I've been running consistently for about 2 months now running at least 3 miles at a time, sometimes 6. I also do some strength training with kettle bells in those days. My total workout time is about an hour the. The rest of the day I'm running around taking care of my 2 children! I eat around 12-1500 calories a day and I'm gaining weight!! Like more than muscle because my clothes are getting really tight and uncomfortable. I wanted to lose like 5-10lbs and I just feel like all this exercising is for nothing, it's really discouraging :( any advice would be helpful. I'm a 29 year old 5'2 female in need of encouragement and help!!! Thank you

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