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1/15/14 9:37 P

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If you are tracking your calories in and calories out and still have a deficit, you should lose weight. Water can affect the scale, but that should release over time as well. If you have lost a significant amount, you may need to adjust your expected burn, as that will go down as you get lighter (BMR is dependant on your current weight).

If you have been in a deficit for a long period of time (more than a few months) you may want to eat a maintenance for a week or 2 to give your body a rest, and then start up on the deficit again.

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1/15/14 6:24 P

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When you start/increase an exercise program, it is a common response for your muscles to retain water (it takes 3 water molecules to bond to each glycogen molecule, and this helps deliver energy to your muscles more efficiently, and helps them cope better with the new demands you are making of them).

This increase in your lean mass can lead to little change (or even an increase) in the scale, even as you are burning fat.

However, muscle and water are considerably denser than fat, and typically this shows up as inches lost, even if the scale is being unco-operative. If you are losing inches, you ARE losing fat. The tape is a much better way of tracking your progress than the scale.

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1/15/14 12:04 P

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The most common problem is eating back what you burn hiking and more. What do you eat while you are hiking, and do you eat any special thing afterwards or stop to eat on the way home? If you are not tracking your calories you can't be sure that you are not simply eating more. My weight goes up after I hike because my muscles will retain water, but I am going 15 to 20 miles with a lot of steep hills. If I weight about 2 or 3 days after the hike my weight is down again.

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I'm in the exact same situation as you are. ..actually I'm supposed to go hiking today if the snow and rain hold off ...I've wpso hit a wall with no weight losses but like laurance said muscle does weigh more than fat so just enjoy your hikes and focus on losing inches

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1/15/14 8:43 A

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Remember that muscle weighs more than fat. It's possible that as you lost some fat you gained some muscle. If that's the case. then GOOD!!

Muscle burns more calories while working. Fat, well, I don't know if fat burns calories or not. But if you're gaining muscle you can be happy about that. Remember that you are losing inches and are seeing a difference.
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Okay so I have to ask a question! I started hiking alittle over a month ago and I've noticed that I stopped losing weight. Yes, I've lost inches and still seeing a difference. But I haven't changed my eating patterns too much and I'm wondering if maybe hiking twice a week has made me hit a plateau :/ I still have about 20 pounds to lose and don't know what to do to jump-start it again.

Thanks in advance and just wondering what some of you all have run into! :)

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