I keep gaining weight despite gyming.

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Posted: 02 Oct 2014, 03:58
Hi All,
I signed up to this site years ago but never used it. Recently, I weighed in at 90KG(199 pounds) and decided I had to lose the weight for good. I started going to the gym and eating healthily and over 3 weeks, burnt 8000 calories(not a lot, I know) and was highly determined to finally start dropping weight since I am obese. However, after recently weighing myself, I have gone up 3kg(6.6 pounds)!!! Half a stone!? I did cross trainer(elliptical trainer) and I am not lifting weights in the gym but didn't think I'd gain 3 stone?? Has anyone any tips as to what is happening? I am so disheartened by this because I feel I've done everything I could ever possibly motivate myself to do, and it just backfired majorly. I feel so down about it.

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Posted: 02 Oct 2014, 07:34
Hi Denis, I can't tell you what you are doing wrong, but there are a couple of things that I know.

If you try to lose weight by working out alone you may not do well. Working out builds muscle, a pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat. If you are shedding one and gaining another you will not see any results on the scale.

Eating healthy is not the same as eating for weight loss, working out creates hunger and it dehydrates you. If you are eating more HEALTHY FOOD calories than you are burning you will gain weight no matter how healthy the food, you have to cut back your total calorie intake to the Minimum that your body (age, height, weight, % of body fat, activity level) needs to eat/sleep/breathe, this number is different for everyone. At that point your intake matches your expenditure, then you burn 8000 calories working out and you might see some progress.

You must increase your water intake, otherwise your body will store fluids to fight against periods of drought (dehydration). If your body is storing water in defense of arid conditions you will actually see a weight gain due to the excess water.

You don't have much information available in your bio so I am not saying these are the things YOU are doing wrong, and I am not a fitness or diet expert, these are just things that in my experience with weight loss have caused me issues in the past. Hope this helps and keep at it, pure stubbornness has fixed things for me when nothing else would!

Good Luck
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”–Winston Churchill

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Posted: 02 Oct 2014, 09:39
There is the possibility you are overconsuming calories (people make that mistake when they workout and think they can eat more because they think they are burning more than they really are). But if you have a good daily calorie intake that isn't too much, then you are most likely ovrweight due to metabolic syndrome/insulin resistance and exercise can worsen the condition making it even harder to lose weight. Start with diet first--get lean proteins with every meal, eat good fats, lots of veggies, low sugar fruits, some complex carbs (but unless you are training for something, keep total carbs below 100-125g daily). Our bodies are not designed to live on processed food and often our diets are completely carb heavy which don't provide the proper nutrients and good fats. Revisit what you are eating and google insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome. There are many good tips on how to reverse it, suggested supplements, etc., which will get your body back to functioning properly and it will no longer store excess fat.

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Posted: 03 Oct 2014, 07:47
Thanks for your rpelies guys! I'll be sure to get a tighter grip on my calories intake and keep a food diary Smile Thanks! I appreciate it! Definitely going to be stubborn and keep with it.

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Posted: 03 Oct 2014, 08:40
Great advice here and I like to use this site to adjust my RDI as I lose weight


Many find the FS calculator to be a tad generous.

Logging in your food is the best way to see just where those extra calories are.

Best of luck
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Posted: 03 Oct 2014, 12:40
First thing 6.6 pounds is only 3.3% of your bodyweight or 6.6% of you water weight this may look like a lot but it really depends on several factures, where you drinking enough water before you started dieting, because it is possible that you where dehydrated beforehand. Second thing is when you first weight in when did you do it, the time of day makes a big deference if you did your original weigh in at a different time you will get different results I normal weight 4 to 5 pounds more at night time then in the morning.

They already said it but I will say it one more time eating healthily does not equal weight loss you need to create a deficit.

Mummydee posted a good place to get your RDI.

Don’t worry about it… When I first started to lose weight I would go for a run/walk and afterwards because I was not keeping track of anything back them I would end up drinking a homemade lemonade that my wife would make me that had more calories than what I burned with my exercises.
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Posted: 11 Oct 2014, 13:13
For an alternative point of view see Jonny Bowden's blog about the three worse exercise mistakes.


The bit at the end about 'metabolic aftershock' is a money spinner, maybe ignore.

Focus on how far you've come - as this is Reality!

Focusing on how far you have to go is only expectation!

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Posted: 13 Oct 2014, 08:45
Great article NB. That's what happened to me when I hit the gym 4-5 times a week doing spinning, hardcore full body weight workouts, I got fatter and I was starving all the time. When I hear of people long cardio sessions I cringe. Unless your training for something, quality of workout is far more effective than quantity. Performing intervals and full-body exercises can be done in as little as 20-30 minutes. Although, diet should be addressed first because as they say, you can't work off a bad diet.

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Posted: 10 Jan 2019, 13:23
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Joined today to necro a more than 4 year old thread and post a dead link, oh well...

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