Muscle gain???

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bizzybee38

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Posted: 07 Jan 2013, 09:00
I've heard it too many times, "muscle weighs more than fat". I was doing very well with losing, but I was only doing cardio. I wanted to lose at least 10 lbs before I started doing weights because I knew that once I began cardio AND weight training I would begin to gain and not lose on the scale. I have slacked off a bit with my calories, but I have continued the weight training for two weeks now and I've already gained a pound. Everything that I have read states that cardio and strength training together will help to burn fat throughout the day.

QUESTION: When, if ever can I expect to start to lose weight again while doing cardio and strength training? Once you start doing both does it stop being a weight loss thing and more of a inches lost thing?
Preggo38

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Posted: 07 Jan 2013, 09:23
Keep at it and you will see a loss.....but inches count too. So if the scale is not moving, make sure you take your measurements....that should keep you motivated. I did P90X (3 days of weight training, 1 day yoga and 2 days cardio) starting in June but it took a bit for the scale to cooperate...I knew I was shrinking because my clothes were getting looser. I then did insanity which was ALOT of cardio but didn't get the weight loss I was hoping for so started a hybrid program of the two. Weights made the difference.
bizzybee38

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Posted: 07 Jan 2013, 09:38
Thanks, I think that the measuring tape is the worse of the two evils for me, but I'll give it a try. I just hate seeing and feeling like all of my hard work has gone to hell in a handbasket because the scale is moving up.
Preggo38

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Posted: 07 Jan 2013, 11:46
it is common after weight training for the scale to go up a bit. If you have any muscle soreness you'll be retaining some water as your body is trying to repair the muscle. Usually after a few days it goes away. Remember....a female does not have the testosterone to really gain muscle to an appreciable degree so don't lighten up on the weights or give up too soon. Keep at it and you will be rewarded. I'm the strongest I;ve been in a very long time and although it looks like I have muscular arms...they've come down 3 inches.
Bbody1972

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Posted: 07 Jan 2013, 12:39
I agree....keep it up. Women don't gain muscle as quickly as men do. You have nothing to worry about. You are likely just retaining a little water. Make sure you know your calorie intake hasn't changed (sometimes working out you get hungrier and eat more...hence no change or an bump up in weight). A couple of weeks of weight training will not increase your muscle enough to show up on the scale....you lack the testosterone to make that happen. Women should not be afraid of weights. I curl 20-25 lbs now and have lost inches in my arms where most of my twenties I stupidly did massive reps of 5lbs or less and did not have this type of muscle tone. You go girl!
eKatherine

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Posted: 07 Jan 2013, 13:02
My experience is that exercise makes it harder to lose weight. I put on muscle easily, and doing so does not make it any easier to lose fat.
bizzybee38

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Posted: 07 Jan 2013, 15:23
I appreciate all of the help. I have to say that everyone that responded basically said everything I have been reading so I appreciate the knowledge from real people who understand what I'm going through. Thanks FS friends!
Bbody1972

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Posted: 07 Jan 2013, 17:21
you're welcome ....now go at it!
Preggo38

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Posted: 08 Jan 2013, 06:11
Give your body some time to tone up so when the fat starts going you have some nice lean muscle to show for it. I am looking forward to tank tops and shorts (shorts...I never wear shorts)..this summer to show off how toned I've gotten. I should have done weights years ago!!! Just get past the first few weeks...keep at it....you will lose and you'll look great doing it. Be strong and you will feel strong!
bizzybee38

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Posted: 08 Jan 2013, 09:35
Thanks FS friends. I come on this site everyday, multiple times a day, if it weren't for the feedback that I receive from all of you I would likely give up AGAIN. I've been such a slave to the scale that I throw in the towel or try quick fixes that don't really help me in the long run. This time I'm doing it correctly and like most people I start of proud of myself but once I hit a wall I want to throw in the towel. I'm learning that you really have to be committed, not looking for a quick fix and willing to do what's necessary in order to produce change. Thanks again.



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