I’ve been on and off with my jogging plan, and I’ve noticed strange things. How comes my weight is stable/even declining when I have normal schedule, but I gain weight now that I stick to my jogging/walking plan? I even tend to eat less during days I exercise more, yet I keep on gaining weight. Eventhough I feel my chubbiness is slightly decreased…
Oh, and there have been some recent sound bites on the discovery of a “fat gene”. And yes, it has been known for decades that some people are genetically predisposed to gaining weight with very little extra calories over their expendature. But it has also been shown that when these type of people are kept in a very controlled environment, they lose weight. The troubling part of this new “research” is that any advances in treating this with pharmacueticals will only lead to people continuing to consume more than they need. And there will be down sides/side affects, you can bet on it.
We have become a society that loves to eat for pleasure, self medication, tension relief, and just plain old boredom. Finding ways to lose weight without any effort will not help us. We need to realize that we don’t need to eat half a cake, a bag of chips, or heaping plate of food ever chance we get. And then just pop a pill and go lay on the sofa. Eating properly and exercising reasonably result in feeling great and living a full life. Just maybe one without knowing what the kardashians are up to all of the time.
I could go off on what our current system could lead to in 50 years, but I think I will just do some deep breathing instead. (As opposed to having a doughnut.)
First, was your weight stable when you started the program. Did you check your weight regularly before you started to walk/jog. If you were gaining weight, you may still be eating more calories than you are burning.
Second, one the things that happens with starting a new exercise is that there is a lot of general inflamation in almost all of the body’s tissues. Joints, muscle cells, even the blood have a higher water content due to this (plain old water, a variety of fluids, plasma, etc.). A lot of the initial weight gain will be water when starting a fitness program. But that is not a bad thing. It will even out if you are consistent. But don’t stop hydrating. Not getting enough water has been shown to make the inflamation worse and leads to a bunch of other problems. Try to drink around 10 eigth ounce glasses of water a day, a few more if you get thirsty. But don’t get too crazy with the water either. If you aren’t sure what would be right for you, consult a dietician.
Chances are pretty slim that you have gained enough new muscle tissue to make a difference in your weight. Even in a very well designed fitness program with resistance training and proper diet, there is very little new muscle growth for several weeks. Most strength gains are neurologic and most size gains is water/swelling. (The pump that people get right after a workout doesn’t last very long. Muscle gains take time and very sound program design. Or cheating with dangerous drugs.)
Which brings us to number three. Consult a dietician. Many people that I have worked with tell me that they are eating less or the recommend calories foods. Only for me to do a spot check on their home and find a lot of empty containers in the garbage from empty calorie foods. And lots of the same in their cupboards and fridge. If you keep a food log (honestly, record every single thing you put in your mouth from water and soda to chips and cookies), you will most likely find that you are not doing as well as you thought. And a registered dietician can guide you to eating just enough and eating right.
And fourth, hire a trainer. I don’t do my own plumbing, auto repairs, dental work, etc. because I want it done right the first time. Sure I can replace the insides of my toilet, but I wouldn’t try to flux and solder my own copper pipes. The same goes for getting fit, if you haven’t done a lot of studying about it, are you really the best person to trust with how you go about it?
Hello America Sofia,
The impact forces also build bone mass which will add weight. Bone and muscle mass are good things. Getting your fat mass checked is a good idea, as Harris suggests; so, you are able to track progress and body changes with your exercise routine changes.
I also seem to weigh more on the days I feel smaller. Guess what I do? I enjoy the lighter feeling and stay off the scale.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
It’s not unusual. I will try to explain it as simple as possible. Once you start engaging in a fitness program (even if it is just running/jogging) you will start losing fat and inches but your weight might not change. If your clothes start feeling looser it means your body fat is decreasing. Running will make your leg muscles grow and that will also trigger some increase to your metabolism (at the very minimum).
If you have the opportunity to get your body fat % checked, it would be very helpful and also a starting point for you to begin monitor your progress. Keep an eye on your diet because this will play a big part in keep losing fat and weight especially when you reach a plateau.