I feel fat!.....What am I doing wrong?

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    Dec 01, 2009 6:40 AM GMT
    Hi, new here and am after some advice. I used to weigh 100kg about 18 months ago(pure fat).I managed to get my weight down to 78 kg mainly through diet and excercise at the begining of the year. I kinda let myself go again during winter and for the past few months I am back on track doing jogging for 30 minutes daily, 20 minutes of home gym, walking,1 hour cycling, swimming, push ups. Now the thing is, I weighed myself yesterday for the first time in 8 months and I was shocked! 90kg!!!. I feel fit as, can fit in all my clothes that were tight during winter, but i feel fat/stocky/frumpy! I think I have put on too much muscle which is not what I am after. I was hoping to aim for a lean athletic style of body.My diet is good. What am I doing wrong?
  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 01, 2009 6:46 AM GMT
    muscle weighs more than fat. Look at inches or cm not the scale.
    peace- mike3
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    Dec 01, 2009 7:30 AM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidmuscle weighs more than fat. Look at inches or cm not the scale.
    peace- mike3


    I agree - don't depend on the scale so much. Sometimes even the mirror is no help, because we can't be objective. Having a friend take pictures is a good way to try and actually see how you're doing. Also, record your measurements in a journal and compare them sometimes - say every 3 months.
    Have you noticed any change in how your clothes fit? That can be a good indicator of how your body is changing.
  • drypin

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    Dec 01, 2009 9:39 AM GMT
    I'm wondering if these feelings of being "fat/stocky/frumpy" only come from the results on the scale, since you said you feel fit.

    You're doing almost exclusively cardio, and I'm betting even your weight training in your home gym and push ups are done with your heart rate elevated, so it's hard to imagine you've put on too much muscle.

    Maybe your body is finding a new equilibrium or your scale is off now (or it was before). I don't know how much you "kinda let yourself go" during the winter, but if you mean rapid weight gain, then you're making it harder on your body to lose weight and keep it off by yoyoing.

    Take the others' advice and go by feeling, because as someone who was carrying that much excess weight (220 lbs at 5'9"), you might be having trouble gauging just how far you've really come.
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    Dec 01, 2009 5:38 PM GMT
    Reventon saidHi, new here and am after some advice. I used to weigh 100kg about 18 months ago(pure fat).I managed to get my weight down to 78 kg mainly through diet and excercise at the begining of the year. I kinda let myself go again during winter and for the past few months I am back on track doing jogging for 30 minutes daily, 20 minutes of home gym, walking,1 hour cycling, swimming, push ups. Now the thing is, I weighed myself yesterday for the first time in 8 months and I was shocked! 90kg!!!. I feel fit as, can fit in all my clothes that were tight during winter, but i feel fat/stocky/frumpy! I think I have put on too much muscle which is not what I am after. I was hoping to aim for a lean athletic style of body.My diet is good. What am I doing wrong?


    What are you doing wrong? You're not thinking clearly. Don't defeat yourself with idiotic notions about success. Likely, you're actually making GAINS for the first time in your life.

    At 5'9", and 180# is certainly not fat, especially if you have LBM (Lean Body Mass) that's extensive. Eat! Keep training. The more muscle you add, the easier it will be to stay lean, because it burns calories just sitting there. There's nothing wrong. You're becoming more of an athlete every day.

    Make sure to lift weights. Just keep eating. You won't get fat. You may get heavier, and that's JUST FINE.
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    Dec 01, 2009 5:45 PM GMT
    Also if you are concerned about "bulk" focus your program less on the amount of weight you are lifting and add yoga and pilates which will help you lean out your appearance
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    Dec 01, 2009 5:50 PM GMT
    Yep ..... toss the scale
    a Mirror and atape measure is all you need to judge your progress

    also you might wanna toss some more weights around
    your workouts are heavy on the cardio and light on the weights

    You need resistance training to increase the muscle mass which in turn fuels the metabolic fires
    Muscle burns more cals per lb than fat or any other tissue for that matter
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    Dec 02, 2009 6:01 AM GMT
    thanks guys for all the comments!!! Yeah, I feel I am definately going in the right direction, just feel I need to do some fine tuning in certain areas. How long should I be spending at my home gym? Currently doing approx 20 mins dailly but I am not aiming for a Shwarzeneggar body, just lean.
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    Dec 23, 2009 5:14 AM GMT
    You need to hire someone to help you.
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    Dec 23, 2009 5:18 AM GMT
    Mate, lose the fat by running in place(making sure that your knees are being pointed at 90 degree angles) for 15 minutes every day and fixing your diet. i guarantee it that if you do that in a month, you will lose lose lose. cheers.
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    Dec 23, 2009 1:58 PM GMT
    people always have this "I don´t want to be Arnie, just lean muscle" thing... let me tell you that it´s not possible just to get big by mistake. It can´t happen unless you have hyper freak meso genetics, and you don´t or you would never have been overweight.

    So work hard, and when, one day, you suddenly feel that your pecs are just TOO huge, then you can change your training....

    In my case, I wait for that day with eager anticipation. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 23, 2009 2:02 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidYou need to hire someone to help you.



    I've considered hiring somebody to help me, not to lose weight but to customize a strength-training routine for me. I just read so many tips, and some are contradictory or are meant for a specific type of person. But I wonder if it's a waste of money, and I wouldn't know how to pick on that was reasonably priced but effective. So I haven't done it yet, just tried to figure it out on my own. It's working, but taking a LONG time and I know I could be more efficient.

  • drypin

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    Dec 23, 2009 4:32 PM GMT
    dj,

    I'm almost certain there's another forum on this site dedicated to tips for choosing a PT. They're pretty good... and what actually led me to the site in the first place. the clearer the idea is you have of what you want to achieve, the better the PT can help you reach it and the easier it is for you to decide which one to go with.

    I interviewed three and have since met a number of others. In the end, it was very much a personal decision based on the vibe I got from the trainers and the cost. In fact, I narrowed my decision down to two and one wanted 67% more than the other, so it wasn't hard to decide.

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    Dec 23, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    drypin saiddj,

    I'm almost certain there's another forum on this site dedicated to tips for choosing a PT. They're pretty good... and what actually led me to the site in the first place. the clearer the idea is you have of what you want to achieve, the better the PT can help you reach it and the easier it is for you to decide which one to go with.

    I interviewed three and have since met a number of others. In the end, it was very much a personal decision based on the vibe I got from the trainers and the cost. In fact, I narrowed my decision down to two and one wanted 67% more than the other, so it wasn't hard to decide.




    How long did you keep the PT, and how did it work out for you? How does one figure out "what you want to achieve?"

    Well I guess if there is another thread on this topic I can stop being lazy and go find it! Thanks for the thoughts.

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    Dec 23, 2009 4:46 PM GMT

    Don't feel yourself; problem solved. icon_wink.gif No, if you stop getting the results you want; go back to the drawing board. My advice is change. Read, ask around, and just tweak things...if you aren't going to hire someone. To be successful without a trainer, you gotta be industrious and never let yourself stagnate in a routine.