Why does my body only lose weight when I take a break from exercising?
May 21, 2007 7:46 PM Subscribe
Why does my body only lose weight when I take a break from exercising? I exercise three weeks, take a week off and on the week off I lose weight. Why?
posted by zymurgy to health & fitness (23 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
My typical workout routine consists of 30 minutes of cardio seven days a week, weight lifting three times a week, sauna three times a week and swimming once a week. The cardio is 30 minutes ramping from 3% grade to 15% grade. 3.0 through 4.0 on the speed. Weight lifting is on cybex equipment with 12 reps at the max weight I can lift with major burning on the 12th rep. Sauna in 170 - 200 degree dry sauna for 20 minutes. Swimming 1/2 mile and sprints in the pool one night a week.
What I have noticed in the last four months is that I lose no weight during the three weeks I exercise. I take a week off to let my body heal up, and only in this week do I lose weight. I've lost 90 pounds since September 06 and still have more to lose.
My diet is low carb with not an excessive amount of calories. I eat less than 20 carbs a day and I do not enter ketosis that often. Maybe once or twice a month regardless of whether I am exercising or not.
My water intake is prodigious.
I discussed this with my doctor and he couldn't really explain it. He did put me on a small diuretic (12.5 mg Hyrdochlorothiazide once a day) to ensure that I wasn't retaining water.
So, I am hoping someone on here can explain it, tell me they experience the same thing or point me in the right direction.