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    Trying hard to figure out what happened and next steps, if any. Went to the doctor and got the news that I gained 15 pounds in 1.5 years. Please keep in mind that 15 pounds is 15 pounds of something, not all fat. I know it isn't all muscle, but not all fat either. Dr. mentioned that by looking at me she had no idea where I "put it" (I was underweight before, so could have used an add. 5 pounds, but not so sure about the 15!). Nothing has changed except my exercise routine. I eat the same amount of calories, following the PB. The only thing that has changed is that I have begun training as a power lifter and have ADDED this to the workout regime, so not deducting from what I have done before. Is it possible for me to actually gain that much weight (be it muscle, fat, or most likely combination) without eating more just based on that type of workout? I ask because Dr. now wants me to see an endocrinologist and I don't know how necessary it is. I also haven't had a period in 2 years which I always just associated with how hard I work out. I know that they are going to try and pump me full of fake hormones. Anyone else experience an obscene amount of muscle mass in a short time with exercise change?


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    Ohhh, yes. I've put on 7 lbs of muscle in the past 5 months. I'm visibly leaner than ever, but way heavier. No change in typical caloric intake.

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      Bone density?

      You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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        I'm assuming the doc wants you to go to an endocrinologist because of your missed periods. Wouldn't hurt to have the tests to make sure it's nothing serious. They can't force you to take the medication but at least you can do it from an informed standpoint.

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          Definitely possible. I think it's your body just using the fuel more efficiently.


          That being said, are you having any other symptoms of thyroid disorder? Thinning hair, brittle nails, sallow skin, heart palpitations, inexplicable mood swings, depression? Personally I'd get my thyroid checked over losing my period for more than a few months. Hyperthyroidism can be a bitch. (I had textbook Graves' Disease and did quite a bit of damage to my body before it was caught.)


          The thyroid controls nearly all of the body's hormones so I'd want to know if it was in good working order or not. If you get tested there's nothing that says you'll register positive for a problem. If you do have a problem you can do your own research into the meds.

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            Good to know, especially coming from the girls. Yeah, I will get the blood tests, no problem there. Part of the issue was she sent me home with progesterone without even performing the tests first!

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              Bone density? </blockquote>


              Now there&#39;s an interesting thought. It would be great to know how much changed there wouldn&#39;t it?

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                study on bone density


                http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0227080005.htm

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                  My trainer tried to equate it to building a house. He said that you can&#39;t just swing a hammer and build a house, you need the materials. Hence, you can&#39;t build muscle without consuming extra calories, he said it isn&#39;t possible.

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                    Yeah, but it&#39;s not like you weren&#39;t eating anything. I&#39;d venture a guess that you are simply using food more efficiently now -- for energy & muscle building instead of fat storage -- and wasting less.

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                      That seems like a calories in = calories out type CW statement: "can&#39;t build muscle without extra calories" bah.


                      The body is too complex to state it like that. Building or loss of muscle, bone and adipose tissue are all hormonally controlled! You&#39;ve changed your exercise, and therefor changed what your body does with the fuel and building blocks you give it. So the hormonal signals have changed! So I don&#39;t doubt you can gain muscle and/or bone mass without nutritional changes but only the exercise input changes.


                      You were giving your body the materials and fuel all along, you&#39;ve just changed how you are swinging your hammer! Now you are hitting some nails and perhaps building more muscle and bone!

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                        I&#39;d also love to know the weight difference of bone before and after an exercise program. How much does a human skeleton weigh, anyway?


                        Don&#39;t forget more blood, too. I&#39;ve heard (??) that regular exercisers generally have about a quart more blood over non-exercisers of the same weight.

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