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    Will I gain weight if I start working out? (Female with no weight to lose)

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    I don't really weigh myself but I'm skinnier than I've been in years and wear a size 2/4 in most clothing.

    I'm active with two little kids but I currently don't workout. I attribute my weight loss to eating primally of course, breastfeeding and chasing two kids.

    My problem now is I'm not extremely happy with my tone and definition. I think I'm borderline skinny-fat.

    I did a Whole30 about 6 months ago. I also followed Mark's workout plan during that month. I did not lose any weight (at that point, I still had weight to lose) but I did lose some inches.

    After I completed my Whole30, I ate much more liberally and stopped working out. The weight just fell off. It seemed the less I tried, the easier it was.

    I'd like to workout again to shape up but I'm worried it will have a negative effect since before there seemed to be some cortisol / stress issues which is why I think I didn't lose weight.

    Any advice?

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    Ignore weight, think about inches. Honestly, your weight is less relevant than your waist size (from an aesthetic point of view), and your being fit trumps absolute pounds/kilos.

    If you are asking "will I get larger and need fat people clothes" by weightlifting? The answer is no. But if you do it seriously you may gain weight while continuing to slim down. Muscle is more dense than fat, but increased weight doesn't necessarily make you larger or more fat.

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    ignore numbers

    you won't gain fat, you might get bloated which you will pee out in a short amount of time unless you consistently overdo it
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    yeah you are

    I mean there's so many ants in my eyes! And there are so many TVs, microwaves, radios... I think, I can't, I'm not 100% sure what we have here in stock.. I don't know because I can't see anything! Our prices, I hope, aren't too low!

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    I gained weight since starting Primal and CrossFit (lots of heavy lifting) about 5-6 kg, but have lost in total at least 14 cm from my waist, and all other areas have gone down. So yeah who cares about the scales. There are tons of pics around of woman doing the same as me, and being heavier but looking better in the "after" pics. Being fit and strong is more important to me now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McChunky View Post
    I don't really weigh myself but I'm skinnier than I've been in years and wear a size 2/4 in most clothing.

    I'm active with two little kids but I currently don't workout. I attribute my weight loss to eating primally of course, breastfeeding and chasing two kids.

    My problem now is I'm not extremely happy with my tone and definition. I think I'm borderline skinny-fat.

    I did a Whole30 about 6 months ago. I also followed Mark's workout plan during that month. I did not lose any weight (at that point, I still had weight to lose) but I did lose some inches.

    After I completed my Whole30, I ate much more liberally and stopped working out. The weight just fell off. It seemed the less I tried, the easier it was.

    I'd like to workout again to shape up but I'm worried it will have a negative effect since before there seemed to be some cortisol / stress issues which is why I think I didn't lose weight.

    Any advice?
    Advice: Work out, but don't be a fanatic or lunatic about it. Enjoy it, feed yourself, and let your skinny-fat turn into lean-toned.

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    you will not get fatter by working out. your tone and shape will improve, though.

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    Like other people said, you may gain weight but you're not going to get fatter by working out. Muscle is denser than fat and weighs more for the same volume (but you'll look a whole lot better!).
    “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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    Try it and find out.

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    I dare you to try.


    *anyone think this will work?*

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    It looks to me that you are in decent shape now and active. You already said that things got easier when you stopped doing planned workouts etc. You also mentioned stress/cortisol issues. This tells me that you were doing too much. I would suggest one brief but intense weight training session a week and some kind of sprint interval training once every 7-14 days. Other than that just walk and move a lot. Just this will greatly improve your health and fitness without burning you out.

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