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    I am looking for help/advise please!

    Hi all,

    I started my diet/exercise on 1st of Feb and started at 26 stone 6 pounds. up until 2 weeks ago it was going great and I got down to 23 stone 13 pounds. In the last 2 weeks I have gained up to 25 stone 3 pounds. I have even changed my scales to make sure that they were not giving me wrong numbers.

    I have been going to the gym every other day for at least 40 minutes and burning a minimum of 500 calories. The only change I have really made is that I am lifting heavier weight. My diet is still going strong and I allow myself 1 treat a week in moderation.

    Now going from how I was before I started dieting where I was eating meals out and takeaways and just general rubbish surely the science would say I should be losing weight. Some people have said it could be because I am gaining muscle but I am sure it would be every bodybuilders dream to gain a stone in muscle in 2 weeks lol!

    I am looking for advise really or if anyone has been in the same situation as me before. The only bonus is I do feel a difference in my clothes.

    Thanks!

    Josh

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    Diet: Slimming World
    Height: 5ft7in
    Start Date: restarted: 3 January 2013
    Start Weight: 23st3lb
    Current Weight: 14st8.5lb
    Goal Weight: 11st3lb


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 50.9
    Current BMI: 32
    Goal BMI: 24.6


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 8st8.5lb
    Weight to Lose: 3st5.5lb
    % Lost 37.08%
    Josh,

    What a great start with your weight loss and exercise, and to be feeling the difference in your clothes already means you are definitely doing more right than wrong! I'm no expert on these things but I have picked up a few hints along my journey. The whole "muscle weighs more than fat" argument really isn't as simple as all that and, as you say, even serious bodybuilders would struggle to put on that much muscle mass in such a short space of time. My suggestion is that it's more likely to be fluid retention caused by the sudden (I'm assuming it was quite sudden?) change to your exercise routine. Exercise causes microscopic damage to muscles and cells so the body initially retains more fluid to help the healing process, particularly when you take up something new or far more vigorous than you're used to. At your current weight (forgive me but that's not a personal comment, just an observation) I would think it's possible that the effects of this might be slightly exaggerated. I started running seriously when my BMI was still above 40 sand it took a while to adjust. I've heard people say that this effect can last for anything up to three weeks, but I think that's rare. My advice would be to keep doing what you're doing and make sure you are taking on plenty of fluid as well. I suspect it will only be temporary.

    Just wanted to add that I'm no expert, only paraphrasing a theory I've heard. There may be others who understand it better and can quote far more scientifically than me!

    Good luck, keep up the good work!
    Losing weight isn't about changing your body. It's about changing your mind.


    Been there, lost it, put it back on again. It's different this time.











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