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    I started 6 months ago at 170lbs (5'8") and was now down to 153. It's been a struggle to lose that last 5lbs (need to get below 150), probably a half lb a month at this point. Pretty much expected. Well this last week i gained 2 lbs! And nothing has changed, diet wise! I figured when i gained the first lb it was just water weight from a couple extra carbs or something but expected it to drop back down. Now it's up another lb! I haven't been at this weight in a couple months.

    wtf?
    Last edited by d2mini; 07-04-2011, 08:02 AM.
    -dennis

  • #2
    First, throw away your scale.

    Then post some details of what your diet, exercise, sleep, etc, so that we can offer suggestions.
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    • #3
      Why I would go from slowly losing to quickly gaining when diet, exercise, sleep, etc has been the same?
      The scale has been a good, consistent indicator of progress because I have yet to start strength building.
      I know the rule is to throw it out, but for me it's been a valuable tool that has kept me motivated. I didn't start off at 300lbs where I could see big gains in the way my clothes fit. A 1/2 lb either way is a big deal for me.
      -dennis

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      • #4
        Unless the weight gain is a fluke, what you are likely dealing with is the body adaptation. Generally, as you stick to the same activity level, your body becomes more and more effcient at doing the same tasks, and thus burns less calories to perform the same activity. That is why intervals and heavy lifting is so much more superior to the long distance steady-state locomotion/cardio. So, your answer is in increasing the intensity of your activities or adding that strength training you are thinking about.
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        • #5
          It's debatable whether exercise will help you to lose weight, it's never been scientifically proved. My suggestion would be to take a closer look at what you're eating from a macronutrient level.

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          • #6
            Ya, if exercise has to do with it... i am about to finally start weigh training in a couple weeks. Was hoping I could fend off any weight (fat) gain until then!
            Meanwhile I've been continuing my mtn bike rides a few times per week.

            Diet wise, i'm wondering if I should up my veggie intake and lower my fatty protein intake, eating more lean proteins instead. Hmmm...

            If the body adaptation thing is true, wouldn't that mean that none of us would be able to stay lean unless we continually increased activity level? Which at some point would be impossible.
            -dennis

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            • #7
              what works when youre losing weight isnt the same thing tat works once youve lost weight....
              Get on my Level
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              • #8
                Originally posted by d2mini View Post
                If the body adaptation thing is true, wouldn't that mean that none of us would be able to stay lean unless we continually increased activity level? Which at some point would be impossible.
                It's not adapting to the level of activity, it's adapting to the activity itself.

                I walk between 5 and 20 miles a day for a living, 6 days a week. After 4 years, I don't burn anywhere near the amount of calories as I used to, or even what a normal person would. My body has found kind of an economy of movement. Now if I run, my body thinks "WTH is this!" and I burn more calories than someone that does it regularly.

                Switching up your workouts every month or two helps keep your body guessing and using muscles in different ways.
                Durp.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by d2mini View Post
                  Y
                  Diet wise, i'm wondering if I should up my veggie intake and lower my fatty protein intake, eating more lean proteins instead. Hmmm...
                  That kind of strategy does not work. Weight gain/loss has nothing to do with calories. What it has to do with is how much carbohydrate you eat. Check through this:

                  How many carbs should I eat each day? | Mark's Daily Apple

                  Who are the heaviest sportsmen in the world? The Sumo wrestlers of Japan. The top rank wrestlers eat about 14% of their calories as fat. That's lower than even most low-fat diets would recommend. That's why they're so fat: because their corresponding carbohydrate intake is, of course, larger. Second-rank Sumo wrestlers, who have somewhat less muscle but even more fat on them eat about 9% of their calories in the form of fat.

                  At the opposite extreme we have the Maasai Moran. They have one of the highest percentage of fat in any recorded diet. Look at them. They're rail thin:

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                  • #10
                    This seems like a very odd post...freaking out over a 2 lb weight gain in a week?
                    Why do you "need to get below 150"?

                    My guess is that your body adapts so when you when you want to burn more to reach a goal, cut fruits, dairy and just keep to meat and veggies for a bit.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MalPaz View Post
                      what works when youre losing weight isnt the same thing tat works once youve lost weight....
                      Interesting thought... so now what?

                      Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
                      It's not adapting to the level of activity, it's adapting to the activity itself.
                      ohhhhhh.... didn't think of that. Ok, i can give something different a try and see what happens.

                      Originally posted by Lewis View Post
                      That kind of strategy does not work. Weight gain/loss has nothing to do with calories. What it has to do with is how much carbohydrate you eat. Check through this:

                      How many carbs should I eat each day? | Mark's Daily Apple
                      Ya, i kinda new this but i guess i was thinking if my carbs were still real low and I lowered my fat intake a little I would have less new fat to burn before my body had to start burning reserve fat for energy.
                      -dennis

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                      • #12
                        Is it hot and humid where you live? My weight will go up a couple of pounds easily when the weather is hot (I live in the south).

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                        • #13
                          Ya, if exercise has to do with it... i am about to finally start weigh training in a couple weeks. Was hoping I could fend off any weight (fat) gain until then!
                          Meanwhile I've been continuing my mtn bike rides a few times per week.
                          You know, from what I am reading you are very likely fiting the common 'cardio only' group and falling a victim to becoming too good. Do not wait to lose weight to start the weights - that's about the only sport where having extra moving power is actually helpful, and since you are starting on a low levels you can still do a fair bit of cardio for many weeks before it starts screwing up your recovery. So, bike away, and lift 3x a week - and you are golden. But! Your weight might bounce up once you challenge your musucles, due to water retention, muscule swelling, pump, whatever you wish to call it.

                          Also, back to water thinggie and the hot and humid thinggie, if the summer just did hit your parts, and you were biking, water retention in muscular tissues is pretty likely.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by d2mini View Post
                            I started 6 months ago at 170lbs (5'8") and was now down to 153. It's been a struggle to lose that last 5lbs (need to get below 150), probably a half lb a month at this point. Pretty much expected. Well this last week i gained 2 lbs! And nothing has changed, diet wise! I figured when i gained the first lb it was just water weight from a couple extra carbs or something but expected it to drop back down. Now it's up another lb! I haven't been at this weight in a couple months.

                            wtf?
                            Why do you need to be below 150? Have your measurements changed? Look at "Ditch the Scale!" in my sig, please.
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                            • #15
                              Strength training may make you add pounds as well, although you might lose inches. I am in the throw out the scale camp. Granted our situations are very different, but when I added some weight earlier this year, also just a few pounds, I threw out the scale and started measuring and low and behold, that's where the changes were. More on the scale but less on the body is ok with me.

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