Too much information - don't know which way to turn!
February 8, 2010 1:50 PM Subscribe
Please help me sort out my weight-loss/strength training/eating regime.
I got a personal trainer and started a strength training regime in early December. At first I was doing this on average 2x per week of going to the gym, where my trainer would have me do all strength training (squats, deadlifts, kettlebell etc). He is a big believer in using the weights in a way that works my whole body, like holding dumbbells and doing a squat then pushing the dumbells up above my head as I come up. He also has me doing the heaviest weights I can use to the point of exhaustion. I really like his approach and I can feel that my muscles have gotten really solid.
For the last month, I've upped my workouts with him to 3x per week (an hour each time) and I have really started to work on my eating in the last two weeks - 5 or 6 SMALL meals a day, good carbs, high protein - nuts, fruits, veggies, fish, protein shakes etc.
I HAVE NOT LOST ANY WEIGHT. I know muscle weighs more than fat, but I have not noticed any difference in how my clothing fits. I have read so much online about how to lose weight with a strength training program and have found so much conflicting advice that I am now just very confused. I would like to lose 30 or 40 pounds. I'm in a good position right now as I have lots of sessions left with my trainer and I can see him 3x per week and I just feel like I'm wasting it as my pants aren't any looser. I know that I can't bulk up with weights like a man can because of hormones, but I am really worried that I'll develop all this muscle under my fat and look even bigger than I am if I don't lose the fat.
My trainer knows I want to lose weight so he has me doing the full-body-with-heavy-weights moves and then do something during my "rest" from the weights such as jumping jacks or jogging in place. I think this is HIIT and gives me aerobic benefits along with the strength training. My trainer says that I WILL lose fat if I keep it up but I am getting very discouraged.
I suspect my main issue has to do with my eating. I have only really brought my eating in line with what I want it to be in the last few weeks. During the week I'm near perfect but on weekends I fail, though I am making improvement (not eating tons of food all day - maybe just eating say two big meals); it's really just a matter of breaking bad weekend eating habits for me though I am getting better.
BUT - I just can't believe that with doing well with eating during the week and improvement with my weekend eating COMBINED with my three hard workouts a week, I am still not losing weight! Normally when I get this frustrated I assume it has to do with calories and try to restrict my calories even more (at which point I will lose weight) but I've never done a strength-training program before (I've always done aerobics) and I fear that eating even less will be bad for me with all the weight I'm lifting.
I am really at a loss here, any advice you could give on how a woman could lose weight on a strength-training program would be very appreciated.
Also, I know about portion control and how important it is and I methodically measure everything that I eat during the week, so I know that it isn't because of that. If I overeat on the weekends, I know I'm overeating - I don't fool myself about portion sizes. Though again - I just can't imagine that after eating well and hard exercise all week, that going off the calorie counting and diet within reason on the weekend would cancel all that out.
Sorry this is so long. If I've been unclear or you need any more info, please ask. Thanks.