04-24-2005, 09:09 PM
hey..well i am new to all this. so i hope i can get a good start. i am 20yr female that stands 5'3.5 and usually around 115-125. but things have gotten heavy on me from college and i am up to 132lbs. i have never been this heavy in my life. i have very short legs and that is where i am hold all my weight that and in my butt. i have started to workout again 3x a week with cardio and lifting. and i am tryin to rearragne my eating habbits. but is it normail to gain weight when you lift before you lose the wieght...? i am in dire need of help. any advice would be great!
04-24-2005, 11:43 PM
There is muscle weight and then, there is fat weight. There is fat gain and then there is muscle gain.
It takes abit for your body to adjust to this new regime of lifting weights/exercise and diet change. So, what I found when starting to lift 3 years ago, was looking at my wardrobe instead of my scale. Through both exercise and diet, you would be losing inches rather than outright weight as such.
Muscle weighs more than fat and yet fat takes up more room as muscle is smaller and denser in comparison. a few pounds of muscle would take up less room than the equal poundage of fat....yet the volume is more with the latter. Rather like comparing a tangerine to two large grapefruits. Or five pounds of iron to the same poundage of feathers to make a more outlandish comparison.
So, if your wardrobe has been getting looser although your scale is saying something else. I would not worry.