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Weight Gain/Muscle Gain???

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Updated November 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Created September 24, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Before beginning Crossfit I lost about 45 pounds on my own. I am a 5'11 female and I went from about 190 to 155 in about 6 months. Like many people I lost most of my weight by eating a 1200-1500 calorie diet, and doing way too much cardio. Once my weight loss stalled I decided to try something new, which led me to CrossFit.

I fell in love with the workouts, but I was always feeling tired and super worn out. Following the advice of my CrossFit coach I decided to ditch under eating and over training and really focus on my health.

For the following few months I had ditched my scale, and increased calories and carbs quite a bit. I have been eating about 1800-2200 calories, and have added in lots of starchy carbs like sweet potatoes and plantains. I have been following a strict paleo diet, and have had maybe 2 or cheat meals in the past six months. I rarely have cravings for any "junk", and increasing my calories has pretty much diminished these cravings all together... After just a few weeks of making these changes I noticed my energy was up dramatically, and my gains at the gym were progressing every week.

Although I was feeling great I also noticed my legs were feeling/looking kind of bulky, and my butt had gotten MUCH bigger (I'm sure many women can relate to this lol). My clothes still fit for the most part, but my jeans were definitely feeling snug around the leg and butt area.

Anyway I have been feeling great, but the other day I caved in and weighed myself for the first time in about 6 months...I guess I was just curious and I wanted to know were I stood. I promised myself I wouldn't let the number affect me but it did!! Last time I stepped on the scale I was 158, and the other day I was at 176!!! I was honestly horrified by the number. I suddenly felt unmotivated, and my instinct told me I should go back to eating 1200 calories and and doing stupid amounts of cardio.

I know this is not the healthy way to think, but i'm not sure what to make of this! I

I'm currently CrossFitting about 3 times a week, and doing light cardio on my off days (usually a few mile run, hiking, playing volleyball..). My calories are at about 1800 on average with carbs around 100-150, and protein at about 150 daily.

Has anyone else experienced something like this? Should I adjust my workouts/calories, or should I ignore this number and keep going? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks sooo much!!!

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414 · September 24, 2013 at 4:01 AM

If you are worried about fat gain, you should get your body fat measured--caliper or bodypod if you can afford it. Scales are notoriously inaccurate--you've likely put on some nice muscle.

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25992 · September 24, 2013 at 12:52 AM

I am sort of in your boat (although I'm a man.) 5'7", started at 217, dropped to 165 in a couple of months. Earlier this year, I definitely felt like I had put on some weight, so when I got on the scale and I was 175.

At first I was mortified. Then I realized that I started at a size 40 waist, and I currently wear a 32. I wore a 32 at 165, and wear a 32 at 175. I also know that I have put on some body fat (I had gotten below 10% (via calipers) now measure at 12% shortly after I weighed myself).

So the way I look at it, the difference is something like: 4 lbs body fat, 4 lbs water, 2 lbs muscle -- That's pretty good. And, I can maintain this weight with very little effort. 165 I had to constantly watch myself, and monitor carbs. At 175, I can eat what I want, I can go out for happy hour or drink some wine with dinner -- and not even think about it. I just stepped on the scale again, still 175 and it's been 4 months or so. So the scale is not still going up.

Adding water weight and muscle are never a problem.

Plus, from the sound of it, you are adding to where it is most attractive -- that's not a problem either.

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