Gaining Instead of Losing
March 30, 2004 1:52 PM Subscribe
Oddball question about diet/exercise and weightloss.
(More inside, obviously)
posted by anastasiav to Health & Fitness (11 answers total)
About a month ago I began a new diet and exercise program, not so much for dramatic weight-loss (not really possible for me due to the side effects of medication I take) but more to just become more active and aware of what I eat, stress release, and to get ready for spring. I now go to the gym three to four days a week (cardio and some weights), and am eating a balanced diet of between 1400 - 1800 calories per day, mostly home-made from scratch foods, omitting troublesome ingredients like the dreaded HFCS, etc. No Atkins, but not 100% veggie either. In that time, I've gained about ten pounds -- and not just muscle mass, either ... jeans that were loose are now tight, bras don't fit, etc...
I've been to see my MD and had my thyroid levels checked and double checked -- they're 100% normal. I'm not pregnant. My MD is at a loss and extensive Googling of diet and exercise related sites reveals nothing. Has anyone else ever experienced anything like this? I'm pretty much hating the whole gym and restrictive diet thing to begin with (although not quite as much as I thought I would) and I can't really aford to stay with this for another month if I'm going to gain another ten pounds.
Any suggestions on what could be causing this? Hidden ingredients to look for? Oddball medical things for my MD to check out? I'm at my wits end!