Exercise makes you fat.
February 17, 2011 12:56 PM Subscribe
I started exercising and eating less, and I'm gaining weight. I highly doubt I'm building muscle. Is this going to stop eventually?
posted by timory to health & fitness (51 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
For the sake of relative brevity, please trust me when I say that I'm super informed about nutrition. I minimize white flour, sugar, and processed foods, I count calories (and I know what a good calorie range is for me), and generally don't have trouble losing (small amounts of) weight.
After gaining 10 pounds last summer (toll for passing the bar exam, I guess), I really want to get rid of it. And then some, ideally. Normally I can just count calories (about 1500-1800 does the trick), but it just hasn't been working this time around. I think that part of it has to do with how much I was walking while I was in law school, and how little I'm doing that now that I take public transport more.
Buuuut, I finally found an exercise I can't get enough of - Just Dance for the Wii. Don't make fun of me too much, it's super fun. Anyway. I've been busting ass with this thing for two weeks without increasing my food intake (if anything I'm eating less and making sure to get lots of protein and fiber), and I feel awesome. More energy, body hurts in a good way, feeling happier, all that stuff.... except I've gained about 5 more pounds.
Only 2 weeks + zero weight lifting (only dancing around like an idiot!) makes it seem super unlikely that I've gained 5 pounds of muscle. I started measuring my waist and hips, and I am no bigger in that sense, but that's not saying too much. A dress size for me is upwards of 20 pounds, so it takes a whole lot for me to look bigger.
If this is useful at all, I'm female, 5'7 and about 205 pounds. I know that makes me morbidly obese on the BMI scale, but I'm odd... I look about 160 and wear a size 14, and my body fat is just under 30%... not good but nothing scary.
What the heck?! I'm going to keep at it for all the other benefits, but why on earth am I gaining weight if I have a calorie deficit? I'm playing this game with all my might about an hour a day, which at my weight ends up being about 300-400 calories at a clip, estimating conservatively. On top of about a mile of walking per day and a restricted calorie diet, I really should be losing weight. In fact, I WAS losing weight (albeit very slowly) before I started exercising! I'm not eating more, so I thought that the pounds would fall off.
Time to toss the scale?