Lifting Weights, Gaining Weight?

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Theblurch

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Posted: 01 Apr 2013, 14:37
I've recently started lifting weights and doing the hundred pushup challenge, and I've noticed that my weight has stayed the same even though I've been doing cardio and consuming less calories...is this pretty normal? Should I expect weight gain as well?
NCNOLE

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Posted: 01 Apr 2013, 15:02
It really takes awhile to truely gain muscle. Most average individuals do not "bulk up" that fast without increasing their protein intake significantly. Usually it has more to do with fluid balance. Take measurements to be sure- you should see a change there and will likely notice that you are more tone even if the scale doesn't move.
mars2kids

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Posted: 02 Apr 2013, 09:28
When my hubby is in a workout routine he usually complains because he's not losing any weight, then about 2 weeks or so in, he drops 5 lbs. one day then it starts coming off weekly. So, you'll probably see a loss, it may just take some time for your body to get used to the routine. Also, make sure you're drinking enough water, that sometimes helps too. One thing I notice for me is that I have to be in the right zone with my calories and workouts to lose. If I'm between about 1200-1300 calories and working out hard for at least 45 mins. then I'll lose, but if I go over my calories to 1300-1500 and only do 30 to 45 min. workouts I will maintain. It may just take some messing with your calories in and out to see what zone is best for you. Good luck!!
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eKatherine

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Posted: 02 Apr 2013, 10:30
The fact is that some people gain muscle a lot more easily than others do. You've seen those guys in the before-and-after bodybuilding program ads. They are natural musclegainers. They make great models for programs like those. The programs are trying to sell their systems to hardgainers, who can never see results like those.

I have been doing the 100 pushup challenge too, and my weight loss has stalled. However, I am visibly leaner and more muscular. And I am madly craving protein.

This has been my experience since I started exercising. An increase in exercise is followed by an increase in protein cravings, and an increase in muscle/decrease in body fat.

Note: if you are doing more exercise, and you don't eat the protein your body needs to add muscle, you can end up drastically extending the recovery time you need.
CincySwker

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Posted: 02 Apr 2013, 13:20
How long ago did you start lifting, and how frequently do you weigh?

And eKatherine's response is spot-on!



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