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Working out, eating right but gaining weight

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Hi all.

I'm hoping someone on this forum might know why I am gaining weight.

Here is my background info in case it will make it easier for someone to tell me what's going on. Sorry if this is so long but I am beyond frustrated and upset.

I am 30/female and fairly overweight (186 lbs at 5 feet 5 inches). I started going to the gym 3 weeks ago and have been using (virtual trainer). My schedule is: M,W,F: 45 minutes on weight machines (as scheduled by ActivTrax) and 60 minutes on the Elliptical (average 500 calories, 4.8 miles) and Tues & Thurs: 60 minutes on Elliptical (500 cal/4.8 miles) + 15 minutes walking on the treadmill.

I have also changed my diet and generally eat the same thing every day: Breakfast - berry and skim milk smoothie (no sugar), 1 hard-boiled egg. Lunch - plain broiled salmon, 1 cup steamed broccoli, 1/2 cup boiled beans. Dinner - 1/2 cup of egg whites fried in pam spray with 1 roma tomato, chopped kale and a few mushrooms, 1 piece of rice toast. I also eat 1 clif bar and half an apple during the day.

After the first week and a half I lost about 7 pounds (I'm assuming it was water weight). However I just weighed myself and have gained all my weight back. If I'm exercising as much as I am and watching/counting my calories, why am I gaining weight? I understand that weight comes off slowly, but I never thought I'd be gaining weight with all the exercise I've been doing. I also highly doubt I am gaining muscle since my weight lifting is not heavy.

Am I doing something wrong? I feel like I'm going crazy cause I can't figure out why I'm gaining. (I had my thyroid checked a little less than a year ago and it was 'normal'. I am also not pregnant)

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count the calories your eating. it seems to me it's waaaaay too little (and yes, it will hinder your weight loss if you eat too little)

Try counting calories, eat atleast 1500 calories because you are quite active since you work out, you might see a bit of gain at first, but it will stabalize and you will keep losing.

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count the calories your eating. it seems to me it's waaaaay too little (and yes, it will hinder your weight loss if you eat too little)

Try counting calories, eat atleast 1500 calories because you are quite active since you work out, you might see a bit of gain at first, but it will stabalize and you will keep losing.


The less I ae the more I lost, use the tools on this site to see what your body burns in a day and track your calories to see what you are eating. I am guessing that is way to few and when I added more the pounds started dropping like flys, its taken 8 months, but I've lost 80 pounds. Tracking calories stinks at first, but after a month of hardcore tracking you become a "rainman" and know what your eating all the time. Keep your chin up, it will all be fine.

I agree with antibinge, it sounds like you are eating too little.  If you don't eat enough, your body can go into starvation mode and will horde fat and calories.  Also, are you getting enough calcium, fiber, vitamins, etc?  You can use the tools on this website to enter the food you eat and it will calculate not only how many calories it is worth, but also how much of all the essential vitamins and minerals you are getting.  With how little you are eating, I would be surprised if you are actually getting enough of all the essentials.

I also don't think it's a good idea to eat the exact same thing every single day.  For one thing, I can't imagine that you're not bored/sick of it yet.  If you're not, you will be eventually.  For another, I have heard from doctors that it is not healthy to eat the same thing multiple days in a row.  It could potentially lead to allergies, for one thing. I may not be getting the right amount of nutrients your body needs.

Our bodies will eventually get used to what we do to them.  If you are doing the exact same workout and eating the exact same thing every week, your body will very quickly get used to that and you will hit a plateau.  Change things up a bit, take a rest day during the week instead of on the weekends, have a day where you eat a few more calories than what you normally would.  I aim for 1800-2000 calories a day, exercise 5-6 days a week (light to moderate, like walking or dancing), and allow myself one "cheat day" a week where I eat a little more a different foods than I normally do.  I have lost 7 pounds in 2.5 weeks.  Last week, I had a huge ice cream cone with oreos for dinner one night.  I went over my calorie intake a little (I think it was around 2100-2200 for that day) and I have still lost 2 pounds since then.

Also remember, if you are doing strength training, you will be gaining weight in muscles.  I know some people get concerned when they drop a good amount of weight, then start to gain it back, but if they are doing strength training, it ends up being muscle weight instead of fat.

With what has b

With what has been said above I agree, Also.

On your work outs, are you doing a warm up before? how hard are you pushing? if you push too hard, you, not as much can happen.

Do you monitor your heart rate?

try a 12 min warm up before anything, it preps your body slowly to lose fat. Just walking on a treadmill or elliptical, Bump the heart rate up a bit and just do this until you feel "warm" for me about 8 min in I get a warm sensation and my breathing falls into play, then I hit weights, or scale it up to a more intense work out. But I keep it in the fat burning zone.

There is some controversy over weather the zones are effective or not as some say harder work does use more energy, and they are right, but burning unwanted fat can only happen so fast, so the longer low intensity work outs do burn more in the end as it opens your body up too it. You dont end up hurting yourself and it makes the work out more pleasant over all.

Also, safely your body can only lose about 3 or 5 ounces of fat from your reserves per day, It may not sound like much but thats a lot.

Its like an extra meal a day, or like a cup of lard or oil. Go take a cup of oil and put it out side and set it on fire, that's a lot of energy in a little bit, Its like a candle burning, it takes a while. Point is, you can only burn off so much per day, and so much per work out, If its slower and regulated the results are faster.  Like a burning candle, it takes a while to use that wax, same with body fat, it takes a while for your cells to let go of it and use it, try to use it too fast, the body freaks and holds on too it.

I bet your working out too hard, and not doing a warm up,

Do a slow warm up, slow it down over all, and add some extra energy and nutrients. Hope this helps.

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