Gaining at the Gym

Updated on November 08, 2008
A.C. asks from Hayward, CA
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I started back at the gym 3 weeks ago after having 4 children in the last 6 years. I have 50 lbs to lose and I have put on 5 lbs since I started. Should I be concerned? I go 3-5 times a week for 60-90 mins each time. I do cardio and weight as I was put on by a trainer. The other thing is occasionally I feel nauseous. IS this normal? What can I do to turn things around for me?

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answers from San Francisco on

How long have you been on this program? A few thoughts: how are you clothes fitting? Jeans don't lie. Sometimes the scale does. Are you drinking more water with these new workouts? If not, you could be retaining water. I'm 5'1", and when I retain water, it's generally about 3 lbs worth. Also, as another poster said, muscle does weigh more than fat. Has your diet changed? Are you eating more (or higher cal foods) with these workouts? Are you eating enough or did you drastically cut calorie intake at the same time? If youj aren't getting enough calories, your body can go into starvation mode and hold on to weight. Go with you your clothes fit more than anything else. I started working out hardcore w/ a trainer many years ago before getting married. I had several pounds I wanted to lose, and I wanted to look more toned. After several months, I was looking much better and my clothes were big on me. However, I was the exact same weight! My body composition had changed, and I had a lot more muscle and less fat. The scale is only measure, albeit a hard one to ignore. Keep a food diary for a week to see what you are really eating and drinking (write everything down -- even the one funsize candy bar you take from the Halloween candy), and increase your water intake, especially on workout days. Decrease sodium and avoid MSG altogether. I hope some of this helps.



answers from Sacramento on

muscle weighs more than fat... and then the muscle burns the fat. don't get on the scale. get out a tape measure.. one of those soft ones and measure yourself now and again in two weeks. it's amazing how you will see a difference faster that way. not always but for alot of people this does work. you may see an increase in inches in certain places depending on your work out too.. if i do stairsteppers, my thighs get bigger, building muscle and then smaller as the fat burns. be patient. and don't give up. you can do it!!



answers from San Francisco on

Try lowering the amount of weight your lifting for the weight portion and increasing the repetitions of lifts a little. high weight + low reps = bulking, Low weight + high reps = muscle toning only.

Be sure to drink plenty of water, get enough calories to actually feed the workouts so your body doesn't go into starvation mode and don't eat anything heavy right before workouts. This should help with the nausea.

Muscle doesn't actually weigh more than fat, it's denser. 5 lbs of fat and 5 lbs of muscle are still 5 lbs. However, one cubic inch of muscle will weigh more than one cubic inch of fat due to the density.

As some of the others have said, look at your overall body shape and how your clothes are fitting to determine how the program is going. Scales can be deceptive, especially when starting a new routine that is changing the body shape. Also go by how you feel overall. Do you feel better overall, do you have more energy, etc.

Keep up the workouts though and you'll see a change in no time.



answers from San Francisco on

I'm sorry you're so far away. Sounds like your trainer has you doing some things that are bulking you up... but more importantly losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise. I just started Jillian Michaels' program (the female trainer from Biggest Loser) and that woman is NO joke! I lost 7 pounds in the first week doing what she recommends and following her diet plan. I had also lost 116 pounds doing Body for Life by Bill Phillips. Both of these programs are great and come with a prescribed diet. I'd like to talk with you, but it's too much to type. If you're comfortable, email me back and I'll give you my phone number. If not, then check out those two programs I recommended and you'll do fine.



answers from Modesto on

As other women have said, muscle ways more than fat. You are gaining muscle and losing fat therefore you should be losing inches. Water again is great. If you are going to the gym, make sure you are taking water. You may also be using too much weight . Less weight more reps will tone! More weights less reps will add muscle mass. You can also use a food supplement replacement which I am taking to replace a meal that taste's great and works! There are also plenty of all natural weight loss supplements on this website Click on shop and you will find what you will need to help you loose INCHES!Don't look at the scale right now!

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