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5/2/03 3:16 P

KHEIDER- Its not uncommon to gain a little weight right after you start working out. Typically at the same time though, you are getting more toned. I don't use a scale because I weigh more than I look since I have a lot of muscle. Before I would compare my weight to others my height and got bummed, but there were times people my height weighed significantly less than me, and I was actually smaller. That's why the number of pounds to me aren't as important as how I feel and look in a mirror and my clothes.

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3/3/03 11:28 P

Dear Cy,

This is very well put: It helped clarify things for me. It's not that the concept is new - but it is worded in such a way that I think I've "got it" now...

Thanks
JFJ

"It may be better to learn to listen to your body and feed it what it needs rather than what it wants. Focus on portion control and eat to live rather than live to eat. For maintenance, never feel completely satisfied and ready for a nap after eating but don't let yourself feel ravenous either. For loss, follow the maintenance guidelines during the day, add a little extra cardio exercise, and let yourself be mildly hungry at bedtime."

CYPRINODON Posts: 7,586
3/3/03 4:58 P

Hi KHEIDER:

Welcome to the SP Message Board.

I'm not sure I have this straight: You are eating an excess of 200 to 300 calories per day and have been doing so for 3 weeks?

If you are doing some seriously heavy weight training, those excess calories might be going to muscle growth.

Otherwise, strictly speaking on the math (and we all know there may not actually be any strictly speaking on math when it comes to what your body does but it's the best tool we have), an excess of 200 calories per day for 21 days would result in a gain of 1.2 pounds of fat. For 300 calories of daily excess, the gain over the same 21 days would be 1.8 pounds of fat.

Please let me know if I've misunderstood the question.

Also, keep in mind that trying to find out exactly what your calorie requirements are is done by using a forumula for a starting point and then making experimental changes from there.

It may be better to learn to listen to your body and feed it what it needs rather than what it wants. Focus on portion control and eat to live rather than live to eat. For maintenance, never feel completely satisfied and ready for a nap after eating but don't let yourself feel ravenous either. For loss, follow the maintenance guidelines during the day, add a little extra cardio exercise, and let yourself be mildly hungry at bedtime.

Edited by: CYPRINODON at: 3/3/2003 (16:59)
KHEIDER Posts: 1
3/3/03 3:22 P

Hi,

I joined about 3 weeks ago and am having a hard time. I've gained 3 pounds! I have been counting my calories but am over by 2-300 calories each day. I work out 4x week, either jogging, lifting weights, walking or elyptical trainer. I am changing my workouts to include body conditioning classes, hoping this will get me out of my rut.

Does anyone have any advice? Has this happened to anyone else?



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