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Old 04-13-2012, 03:04 AM
 
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Default Walking and GAINING Weight

Five weeks ago, I started walking on the treadmill and since then have gained 10 freakin lbs! What gives? I use to weigh 304 lbs and am only 5'3" tall and YES was a round polar bear for sure. I joined Weight Watchers, lost 80 lbs and figured I had it beat so continued on my own. The Holidays hit, I gained a few lbs, but lost it right away and was back on board with losing. I wasn't exercising much during that time and was losing regularly. I get on the treadmill and POOF the fat fairy strikes and I am up 10 lbs. I am so damn angry at this whole process but refuse to give up. Any suggestions..what a freakin battle and I am not young..64 years old. The frustrating part is that Cholesterol is low, Sugar is low and all other numbers are perfect. Blood Pressure 120/70...I don't get it???? HELP
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:54 AM
 
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When you exercise you swell a bit. Its normal. Anything over 10lbs give or take I would go see your doctor about. Take your weight everyday to see how it happens. Take your measurements too. Since you are walking I would use the thigh and waist as trackers. Your legs may go up in measurement during that exercise bloat that happens.

Today just have some hot green tea with lemon and a healthy low sodium intake. It shall pass!


But with the diet thing. Are you doing your WW at home? Tracking food and portions another way?
I just wonder if you went off it and are eating differently. Or if your weight changed so much that you need to eat a little differently now.
That could be a factor as well.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:11 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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sounds like you need a change. Look into other activities that you might enjoy that will keep you active.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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How do your pants fit around the waist? If they are OK around the waist can the weight gain be from increased leg muscle? Were you eating more as a result of being hungrier from working out? Did your food choices or food intake change?
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:25 AM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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I don't get it???? HELP
Its your diet/nutritional intake. Fix it. When I say "fix it" I dont mean eat low sugar this, or low calorie that, I mean eat healthy nutritious foods, stay away from sugar (all types including white breads) eat minimal fruits (never more than the USDA recommended daily) and plenty of green vegs.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Wine Country
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Gaining weight is due to eating more calories than you are burning. Write down everything you eat for the next week or two, your gaining weight will no longer be a mystery.
You can exercise until the cows come home, but if you are not burning as much as you are eating you will gain weight.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:35 AM
 
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Gaining weight is due to eating more calories than you are burning. Write down everything you eat for the next week or two, your gaining weight will no longer be a mystery.
You can exercise until the cows come home, but if you are not burning as much as you are eating you will gain weight.

Measure and write down.

But 10 lbs could just be from the bloat of exercise or a normal weight variation catching yourself on a higher weight day. Do you weigh daily OP?
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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you gained the weight because you ate more to reward yourself for the "exercise."
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Up your intensity. Do intervals. Walk for 5 minutes at normal pace. Then go faster for a minute. Repeat this the entire time you are on the treadmill. You can shorten the "normal" time as well. Normal 2 minutes. Fast 1 minute.

Also track your calories as well and measure how much you are eating.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:45 AM
 
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The OP is 64 years old, overweight and just starting out exercising. Advising them to "up the intensity" is terrible advice and will only lead to injury or them giving up. Upping the intensity is for people who have been exercising a long time and are fit enough to accomplish this.

The OP should continue walking at whatever pace they feel comfortable at. If it's slow, it's slow, they're a beginner. Their goal is to avoid injury and slowly increase the duration of their walking.
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