working out, incoming calories are less than my outgoing calories, and gaining weight

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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 16:42
so I'm working out at least every other day (mostly high intensity, home versions of slt/spx 2-3 days a week, normal high resistance cardio one day a week and pilates private session one day a week)

and i'm gaining weight -- and i don't want to be!!

i could use some advice, i am a sugar junkie but i am eating below my rdi and above my bmr and my incoming calories are less than my outgoing calories so i'm not sure what i'm missing


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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 16:57
I tried to look at your food diary but couldn't find it. My guess would be that even though you are eating less calories they may not be the right calories. Any sugary type foods are empty calories and serve no purpose so if you are having too many of those then your body thinks it's starving and will save weight. Get rid of the sugars and add lots of fresh fruits and veggies and proteins. That way the body has fuel so it will be able to burn it.

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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 17:42
What does the tape measure have to say? And over what timeframe?

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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 18:24
Yeah, hard to offer any insight if you're not sharing your food diary, assuming you are indeed logging your food. Another possibility is that your deficits are too large for weight loss. If you're not eating enough to give your body proper nutrition with your current activity level, it will hang on to every bit of nutrition it DOES get & obviously that won't promote efficient fat-burning.

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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 19:08
take your measurement you may be gaining muscle.

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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 21:26
Hang in there! I gave up once because I was working out so dependably and gained weight. I stopped, and gained more. I was losing here again and started working out, and again gained weight, but now it's slowly backing off. You have to really be careful and honest of how much and what you are eating. I'm not giving way. I look way different than I did without it.

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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 22:19
There are a number of possibilities-
1) If you're talking about a short period of time, you starting working out can make you weight more in the short-term, as sore muscles retain water. You could also be retaining water for any number of other reasons (salt intake, time of month, etc).
2) You're not measuring/weighing your food or tracking everything so you're actually eating more than you think you are.
3) You're burning fewer calories than you think you are- the estimates in FS can be a little high.
4) You're building muscles and getting smaller, even though it's not showing up on the scale.
5) You're close enough to your goal weight that your body doesn't want to lose vanity pounds- limiting your deficits to under 500 cals may help if this is the problem.
6) You're unrealistically expecting to see a drop on the scale from day to day- that doesn't happen and you have to be patient and wait for results to reveal themselves.

I agree that you should pay more attention to what you're eating- I have a sweet tooth myself but you CAN curb it over time. Over the course of the last year, I've made huge strides in pulling it back. Make sure you're getting enough protein, which is especially important when you're working out. Be extra careful with your calorie counting, drink lots of water, and be patient- things don't happen overnight!
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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 22:38
im having the same issues!! Its been a few weeks and NOTHING BUT UP! Making me a little CRAZY!
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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 23:23
Here are a couple of thoughts. First if you are working out and eat below your caloric intake to lose weight Guessing around 1300 calories or lower, that in its self could be your problem. Your body my very well gone into starvation mode. Just try eating right to your recommended calorie, continue to workout and see what happens. Second thought... muscle does weight more then fat. Measurements, can't say enough about measuring.

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