gaining inches

  • I have been on weightwatchers for 7 months and have lost 30lbs. I am still about 30lb away from my goal and thought I would rev it up with workouts. I am on day 20 of the cardiosculpt program and have gained 2lbs and inches all over my body. I am a pretty disciplined eater, I have been doing protein shakes after workouts, I am pushing myself very hard in the routines. Is this something I need to be patient with and it will fall off? Or am I doing something wrong? I am not sure if you can build muscle mass in that short of time or perhaps I need to drink more water? I drink 8c a day but maybe I should go to 10? HELP

    amstout10   by: amstout10
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    GalacticHero  3 months ago by: GalacticHero

    I gained some on Cardio Sculpt as well even though I was feeling much stronger and better. Focusing on the workouts took my attention away from nutrition, plus I was just hungrier and consumption had crept up.

    Have a look at this article:
    http://bretcontreras.com/not-...

    The summary is we are not so good at estimating food eaten or exercise done. As they say, "Your results may vary," but I find this is the case most of the time.

    I wear a heart rate monitor when I do the workouts so get a pretty good idea of the calorie used. For me one of the 45 minute Cardio Sculpt workouts racks up between 500 and 700 calories. Keep in mind that I'd probably burn 100ish calories in that time just sitting on my butt; so that's maybe as few as 400 extra calories used. My protein shakes with some fruit and chia seeds run around 300 calories; so if I added one of those post workout I could almost use up the extra calories burnt.

    It is true that increased exercise can increase muscle mass and that is the goal, but it is actually not that easy to achieve. You said that your body measurements had gained inches so in this case it backs up what the scale says.

    The usual disclaimers: I am neither a nutritionist nor any other sort of health professional. What worked for me is taking a better look at what I was eating.

    • perezr06
      perezr06 3 months ago

      I don't know if I read it wrong, but if you're only consuming 1200 calories a day your body may be going into starvation mode and conserving fat like crazy. Make sure you talk to a professional nutritionist or your doctor to get an accurate account of how many calories you should be consuming in a day to reach your weight loss goals. I know it seems counterproductive, but we need calories to function. If you don't have enough, not only will you feel more tired, but you could be working against your goals. I wish you the best of luck in your weight loss endeavors!!

    • amstout10
      amstout10 3 months ago

      Thank you for your insight! My protein shake is only 110 calories (is gross but lowest in cals). I track everything that goes into my mouth since im on weightwatchers but not sure about calorie intake since it uses a point system but I think I normally use about 1,200 calories a day. Maybe I should get a heart rate monitor to make sure I am actually pushing myself and not just being a wimp. I figured if my legs were like jello at the end then I did a good job but maybe not... great article. thanks again.

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