Saturday, January 9, 2010

I want to know

I would love to know , definitively, HOW long a body will gain from muscle development before it turns around to weight loss. Really, truly, factually and honestly. I have been exercising, following my food plan ( the same one as the guys but they are not exercising) and they are losing. I have gained for 3 weeks in a row

Me- UP 1.8
Hubby- DOWN 1.0
Son - DOWN 3.5

In short, in 3 weeks of exercise I have GAINED 3.8 pounds. I do not consider this to be progress in the least.

3 comments:

spunkysuzi said...

That must be really frustrating!! Hopefully though when you're body decides to catch up you will be the one with the great muscles :)

Kristina said...

I have no idea why our bodies react that way. Maybe changing up what exercises your doing or a small adjustment to your eating plan will recharge your weight loss! But, Im no expert on this, I learn by trial and error on a daily basis. lol You can do it though, I know you can and you will see the results your looking for!

tanya said...

What is your caloric intake? Are you getting enough food to fuel your body?

Have you ever tried calorie cycling? Often, when people start dieting, they get into a food rut and eat the same things day after day or at least keep their calorie intake at the same level. When that happens, our bodies panic and start holding onto whatever it can because it is preparing for a famine (starvation mode). The premise behind calorie cycling is that you never let your body figure out that you're dieting and keep it from going into starvation mode.

Basically, what you want to do with calorie cycling is eat on the high end of your calorie range one day, then on the low end the next.

To begin, you will want to pick your high days (days you know you will eat more calories) and plan your week around them ~ maybe you go out to eat once a week, that would probably be a high day. You may also want to make sure your high day is not the day before you weigh in. Once you get the hang of it, you can just look at your "Weekly Progress" on your "my Nutrition" page and see what you need to do from day to day.

My calorie range is 1200-1550. I usually try to eat between 1200-1275 on my low days then 1475-1550 on my high day. I have figured out that 2 low days then a high day works best for me. Some people alternate 1 high, 1 low. Others take the extra calories that aren't eaten on the low days and add them to a high day. You'll have to figure out what works best for you.

I hope this helps get the scale moving in the right direction!