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I Started Running and Now Im GAINING Weight!?

i started running/jogging/walking on a regular basis. i put the / in there because i take my dogs with me and with them stopping to sniff, pee, and poop its not one steady thing, but i try to run as much of it as i can get away with. i run downhill through a neighborhood street and then take the main roads back uphill to get back to my house. i take one dog with me, then come home and put her inside and take the other one through the same path. one of them is 90+ lbs and the other is 80+ lbs. so taking them together isnt really an option, they out weigh me by a LOT. doing the circle twice comes out to be a little over 1.6 miles. However, in the passed 2 weeks since i have been doing this on top of my normal, dancing, hula hooping, boxing, and toning work outs at night i have actually GAINED nearly 5 lbs! what is the deal!? i have been trying like hell to lose these same 10 lbs for the passed year and it seems every step that i make into making myself healthier and doing more makes me gain instead of lose!

What can I do next?

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I trained for a marathon and gained weight. It was very frustrating! I realized that after my runs I would often reward myself with food. Try to keep track of what you are eating now to see if you are subconsciously doing the same thing. A pound is a pound, if it's muscle or fat it's still a pound. You are not going to build much muscle running either.Good luck!

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The other moms are right, muscle does weigh more than fat. I've also noticed that when I first start doing a cardio routine I want to eat a ton and I have to be very careful to not counteract what I'm trying to accomplish. For me the hunger levels off after a week or so, so hopefully you'll see results soon!

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Do not go off what the scale says, but off how your cloths fit! Muscle weighs more than fat, so as you replace fat with lean muscle you may see the # on the scale move up, and that is OK! It means you are getting stronger! Also, remember that a woman's weight can fluctuate up to 5 pounds before and after "that time of the month" as well.

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Please don't be discouraged, but two weeks of 1.6 miles a day is not a long enough time or distance to see any measurable result. You didn't gain muscle that quickly, either. You are not doing too much cardio. Just keep being regularly active and you will see and feel the benefit. It just takes months, not days or weeks to really see any results.

I either run several miles or take a karate class almost every day. I can still gain 3-5 lbs in water weight because it is my PMS week, or I ate salty pizza the night before. I have stopped weighing myself every day and instead do it occasionally.

Do your best to stop living for getting rid of "these same 10 lbs" and just enjoy living actively and healthily.

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Muscle mass is often more dense than fat.
If your clothes are a little looser, I wouldn't worry.
Exercise can stimulate your appetite.
Do not reward your hard work with food - drink more water.
Exercise is beneficial and good for you as long as you are not injuring yourself to do it.
But it doesn't always help with weight loss - you think it would - but weight loss can be complicated.
If it was easy there wouldn't be an obesity epidemic.

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Get rid of your scale - you are starting to gain muscle and you may be retaining water weight, too. Drink more water - lots more, cut back on foods that are salty, and pay more attention to how your clothes are fitting. More power to you! I need to be doing what you are!

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The other moms are right, muscle does weigh more than fat. I've also noticed that when I first start doing a cardio routine I want to eat a ton and I have to be very careful to not counteract what I'm trying to accomplish. For me the hunger levels off after a week or so, so hopefully you'll see results soon!

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I'm just agreeing with everybody else. If you're doing the right things and eating properly, and the doctor says there's no problem, don't pay attention to the scale. Pay attention to how you look and how your clothing fits.

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I trained for a marathon and gained weight. It was very frustrating! I realized that after my runs I would often reward myself with food. Try to keep track of what you are eating now to see if you are subconsciously doing the same thing. A pound is a pound, if it's muscle or fat it's still a pound. You are not going to build much muscle running either.Good luck!

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It's all about calories. You can exercise until your blue in the face, but if you over exceed your calories for the day, you WILL gain weight. I've had to diet since grade school : ( trust me.... I know the struggle. Yes, muscle does weigh more than fat, but pay attention what you're eating through out the day. Blessings....

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Muscle weighs more then fat.

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I agree - it's not the number on the scale, it's the number on the tag in the back of your pants. You are definitely building muscle. Are you over-exercising?? Sounds like you have a pretty vigorous schedule. Also, all that work makes you NEED to eat something to replace burned calories. Take your measurements and write them down. Ignore the scale. And make sure you are doing something for cardio - the start/stop running may not keep your heart rate high enough for long enough. Not sure how long you are dancing and boxing - that may be enough.

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L., are you gaining muscle? Muscle weighs more than fat. You start gaining muscle but losing fat, but don't lose weight.

If you are "bulking up", consider going to a fitness instructor and talk about how to make your muscles long and lean instead of bulky. Once you are doing the "right" exercises, you'll see a big change in how your clothes fit, and that's more important than pounds lost.

Good luck!
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Muscle weighs more than fat. You are losing fat but building muscle. Don't pay so much attention to the number on the scale, but to how you look and feel.

If you're losing fat and gaining muscle, you're going to gain pounds because muscle is denser than fat. Don't go by the numbers on the scale. Go by whether your clothes fit better.

Sorry but it would be impossible to gain 5 pounds of muscle in such a short time. And it is a myth that 'muscle weighs more than fat" (For those who don't believe me type "myth of muscle weighs more than fat" into your browser to find a ton of information) A pound of muscle and a pound of fat still equal a pound.

You are probably eating more now with all the cardio-either consciously because you think that you did all that exercise and you can handle it or unconciously because your appetite has increased with all the cardio.

a pound is a pound is a pound... however , a pound of musce take up LESS SPACE than a pound of fat if I remember correctly.... anyway....

you mostl likely havent gained much if any muscle , its probably a combo of things like water and such... I think your body is adapting to what you have been doing is all... it will probably even out.... like everyone else said quit looking at that scale.. it is NOT the whole picture

Your fat is converting to muscle, so congrats! Muscle mass is more dense than fat. Track progress on your body changes, muscle tone, tummy bulge.. I can guarantee your body is changing for the better, so don't pay attention to the scale as the sole indicator of progress.

Muscle weighs more than fat. Fact.

As you build muscle you will gain weight but still become smaller in inches in the flabby areas but build tone and definition in the muscular areas like thighs and calves.

Running is a good form of exercise and good for stress reduction. I used to run 5 miles a night and then got hurt playing soft ball in college.

Your againing muscle and not fat. Muscle weights more than fat. Check your cloths do they fit different, I doubt it. Check you body tone and shape in your legs, thighs and butt this is where you should see the change. Stop stressing over every few pounds and stress over how you feel since you started running. You said that both dogs out weigh you, so you probably have no weight to lose but muscle to gain.

Your doing too much cardio. Your over working your body and its storing fat. Alternate cardio one night, weights the next. Do you go to a gym? Ask your trainer, they can explain it to you. I thought it was stupid too, but it really worked, within days I was toning up and dropping lbs.

Yes, it is important to know what you are eating, what you eat before and what you eat after you run which should be after AN HOUR of running not less than that unless you feel too weak.. Proteins and carbohydrates are important in light portion before you run and lots of water, the same after but it is better to wait as I said before you have a complete meal. There is also muscle gain but after a long time running not suddenly and finally when you runs, you gets HUNGRY and you are capable to eat so much more w/o realizing about it! so be careful there.
Good luck! and take care

muscle weighs more than fat. enough said to be expected. When I took martial arts I gained 20 lbs after losing 15 that I gained back before gaining that.

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