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Toning up, but not losing weight?

post #1 of 15
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Does anyone have this issue? I work out at least 2 -3 intense work outs a week (cardio, & weights -- each about 1.5 hour work out), I watch what I eat, and am still not losing, yet have more muscle/much better toning than I used to. I know muscle weighs more than fat, but it gets to be a downer to work out/limit my fave foods and stll not have the scale move. I've actually even gained a couple of pounds??? What is up?

My ultimate goal is just to be healthier so I am not obsessing over this and realize I could ramp up the workouts, but I just find this sort of a downer.
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by lovemy2boys View Post

I know muscle weighs more than fat, but it gets to be a downer to work out/limit my fave foods and stll not have the scale move. I've actually even gained a couple of pounds??? What is up?

What's up is that you're gaining muscle. Forget about pounds - look at inches, look at how much better your clothes fit, how much better you feel.
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Originally Posted by Phoenyx View Post

What's up is that you're gaining muscle. Forget about pounds - look at inches, look at how much better your clothes fit, how much better you feel.

I agree, its muscle mass which is great! Be proud! I am 9 months along and have gained almost 40lbs. I know once I start breast feeding I will go back to my fab self again.

Keep up the great work! Be happy think of how far you have come. Keep your eye on the prize!
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Originally Posted by Phoenyx View Post

What's up is that you're gaining muscle. Forget about pounds - look at inches, look at how much better your clothes fit, how much better you feel.

I agree 100% with Phoenyx.

Also, just keeping working out and forget about the scale numbers for a while.
post #5 of 15
Depending on what your starting weight was, there might not be that much to lose. When I was at my fittest I gained 4 lbs from what I was before that. That was because all my fat was replaced with muscle and then those muscles got bigger. One of my friends just wanted to lose 5-10 lbs but she found she couldn't unless she didn't want to gain muscle mass. Each person is different and each body is different so if the scale doesn't move but you are getting into smaller clothes its still a win.
post #6 of 15
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Thanks, gals! I am feeling better and encouraged by your replies. I am in the same size clothes, but they do fit differently. And I am not dreading the wam weather styles and bathing suits for a change!
post #7 of 15
I guess what matters is if you want to lose weight or you are already a good size.

If you need to lose more weight, you could try at least 5 days of cardio, about 45 mins each and 2/3 days of strength training. Or Jillian's 30 Day Shred is an awesome workout and only 20 mins. Are you limiting calories? Cut out sugar, caffeine, white flour, processed foods?

If you are already a good size, then muscles are a good thing and they do weigh more. It really will make your clothes look better! Be proud you are toned and looking good and don't worry about a number on a scale!
post #8 of 15
I think that you may want to cut the weight training a little and add some pilates in. Pilates is known for building slim and sleek muscle and not bulking muscles. My mom and sister really toned up and slimmed down. It is hard work if you get the Windsor Pilates so you still get a great workout. I'm just starting it myself. : )
post #9 of 15
I'm now totally in the same boat. I'm 3 wks in my p90x and while i feel better, can lift more, and clothes fit nice, my numbers are actually a little up. Considering I have 20lbs I should easily be able to lose it is a little frustrating.
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I'm having the same issue. I'm about 5'6, and weight 185. According to the BMI I am considered obsese. But honestly, I don't understand how. I have pretty big bones, and to get an idea, I have about an inch of pace between my rib cage and my hips. I have had Physical Trainers comment on how large my bones are. I have been an athlete all my life. I was mainly in soccer and cheerleading, so I have very strong legs. My core is also very strong, along with my back, I have realized. I am in more shape than my friend who is 5'4 and weighs 135, and she just recently lost about 30 lbs over the past year. I should probably weigh between 145-155 and I don't see that happening. Everyone I know says they don't believe me when I tell them how much I weigh. To the eye, it probably looks like I need to lose 10-15 lbs. I used to want to enlist in the Air Force and I had to lose about 35 lbs. I have athlete's asthma and then found out it was impossible to enlist. I am recently training for a 5k, and run around 4-5 miles per day, a long with strength training, rotating my arms and legs every other day, and I do my abs everyday. I take weekends off, but I do a little light pilate work and stretching on either Saturday or Sunday, whenever I can sneak it in. I haven't lost a single pound. I have been doing this for 4 months. The same thing happened to me last year, but last year I would lose 5 pounds one week, gain 7 the next, and then found out I wasn't eating ENOUGH so my metabolism was out of wack. I started forcing myself to eat more... they told me I would gain weigh until my metabolism was back on track...so I gained 10 more lbs. Now, the scale won't budge, but I do fit in a size 11 jean, where as I was fitting in a 13 before. I have massive hips and probably the smallest jean I would ever be able to fit in... ever, would be a 9. That's my goal. I'm trying not to focus on numbers instead of my health, so that's why I signed up for a 5k to keep my mind off the scale. Still, I find it difficult to not be discouraged. ): It's tough, and rough, but I don't want to give up. It's just annoying I've been doing this 1.5 years and the scale goes up and down up and down. I eat super healthy. I was raised that way. When I was little I considered fruit a treat. I never ate anything, even cookies when I was offered, if I was hungry. I still am the same way. I noticed I'm more likely to under eat than over eat. I also eat healthily. I don't eat any pork, steak, etc... red meat. I am slightly lactose intolerant so I either drink almond or coconut milk. I don't eat real butter, and generally the stuff I eat is low in fat or sodium. To me, it honestly tastes better. If I need a crunchy snack, I head for the 94% fat free popcorn. Or a yougurt, or a handful of almonds. Do you see why I am discouraged? And I don't look super fit, like I said, to the EYE it looks like I could lose about 10-15, but when you "feel" my body, like my abs, legs, arms, etc, they are rock hard.

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