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TheFabMsB TheFabMsB
Thu, Feb 18, 2010 11:02
Lossing Motivation - Please let id be muscle weight!!!
as of last Friday I was down 13.2 lbs (from 269.7)....week by week i have been gradually increasing my exercise and activity from 20 minutes every other day on the eliptcle at Level 1 to 45 minutes daily @ Level 7 with intervals. I then took a week off the elpiticle and switched to Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred DVD 6 days a week (18 minutes that will have you cursing Jillian through your TV), to get restistance, weight and cardio in one, which after a week i then added the elipitcle back to everyother day (45 min level 7 - intervals), and started to see some nice results in the scale reading and the fit of my clothes. As of this weekend i jumped it up even more and did 3 DVD sessions and 4 elipitcle session (@ level 11 intervals) in a 4 day period and the scale has gone UP. IS this normal Could this increase in intensity level have increased my muscle weight by 2 pounds really? I have been a slack with my water intake could this also be a possible cause? I'm tired and sore (though i love the after workout feeling) and a feeling somewhat beaten by my weight this week (it is to early to plateau!!!) Any comments insites would be hugely appreciated.

The site says i need approx 2064 Calories a day for extreme fat loss, I am consuming approx 1500-1600 (no refined sugars, flours or unhealthy oil/fat) with most carbs coming from fruit and vegg. Is it possible that I am not consuming enough calories and my body is holding on to it's cherished fat for dear life?

Samana0682 Samana0682
Thu, Feb 18, 2010 16:02
If this helps....
muscle weighing more than fat is a falacy, if you put 2 lbs of muscle and 2 lbs of fat on a scale ... which weighs more? Right, they're the same. I'm not saying that to discourage you.
From reading your entry, the excess weight COULD be from slacking on your water intake, same way the body holds onto fat when you aren't getting enough calories it also holds on to water ... so when you weighed yourself this last time, you could have been retaining water. Another thing is ... for as active as you are (great job, working out is my problem) it seems you are consuming too FEW calories. Over the next few days or weeks try increasing your calorie intak by 200 a day. Don't stuff yourself or eat to discomfort, but what I'm gathering is your body is holding onto every calorie you're putting in because it's in starvation mode!
Doesn't that sound good? Every "dieter" wants to hear eat more! lol
Good luck!

nickj82191 nickj82191
Thu, Feb 18, 2010 18:02
^ fallacy ^
Muscle is denser than fat. 1 pound of muscle has less area than 1 pound of fat, ergo in common terms, it weighs less.

Farahv Farahv
Thu, Feb 18, 2010 18:02
Muscle takes up less space than Fat
Pretty simple .. muscle takes up less space than fat. Yes it "denser". However keep in mind that most ladies can not pack on a substantial amount of muscle so they key is to keep track of body fat. If your body fat stays the same and you lose weight your doing okay...better yet would be to lower the body fat and build muscle then your doing great...worse is when dieting alone you can lose muscle and get more fat but weigh less.

TheFabMsB TheFabMsB
Thu, Feb 18, 2010 20:02
That is exactly what my co-workers and I decided by end of day, that i needfe to get back on track with my water and maybe bring up the calories by 200-300/day. By the way...My name is Laura, glad to have you on my side!!! (I dread every workout, and curse my way through all of them, BUT i love the way i feel after, which is what makes me do them....but I do groan every mornig when the alran goes off at 6:00 to do my DVD workout (20 minutes of pure Jillian Michaels HELL!!!!)

Samana0682 Samana0682
Thu, Feb 18, 2010 23:02
Muscle is denser
true, if you put a 1 lb muscle and 1 lb of fat into water the muscle sinks the fat floats. However, majority of the people I know don't weigh themselves in water, they weigh on the scale. That said, muscle and fat weigh the same. Since muscle is denser and takes up less space, a person weighing 140 lbs of muscle weight will look slimmer and possibly wear smaller clothes than another weighing 140 lbs of "fat".
Not sure what your weight loss/gain goals are, but I wish you the best of luck in all of your endeavors!!

sena75 sena75
Fri, Feb 19, 2010 15:02
same boat!
Hi Laura, I was in your exact boat! I was losing then all of a sudden I gained, after being seriously discouraged I realized that I was retaining water and I was due a vist from my monthly visitor! YUCK!!! The next week I was down 1.3 lbs and then 4.7 this week!!! Keep up the good work! You're doing it right! Keep the water coming! You can never have enough especially if you're sweating/working out alot. Keep your chin up and keep doing what you're doing!

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