I have been tracking my weight since the start of this semester.
1/12 I weighed 161.5
1/29 I weighed 166.5
That comes out to about 2.05 lbs/ week.
Is it possible that that is all muscle or is most of it just fat?
I just got frustrated last semester when I got stuck at 160 forever and couldn't gain a pound. So I upped my calories from 3500 to 4000. It seems like that 500/day difference is making me add 2lbs/week instead of the 1 I had aimed for.
Should I cut back to 3500? or stay at 4000?
It's hard to tell whether I'm gaining fat or muscle since it's such a short period of time to judge.
01-29-2009, 04:25 PM #1
Possible to gain 2 lbs muscle per week?
01-29-2009, 04:27 PM #2
01-29-2009, 04:45 PM #3
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01-29-2009, 09:06 PM #6
Why not aim for 3750 per day?I rep back 1K+ (please link to a post of yours)
01-29-2009, 09:11 PM #7
Under a more sophisticated statistical analysis I got a gain of 0.2252 lb/day or 1.58 lb/week. I suppose I need more days to get a more reliable number. For example, if I assumed that an additional 1 lb day was due to additional water weight (I drank an unusual lot of water beforehand), my gain drops down to 1.35 lb/week.
Do most people weigh themselves naked in the morning or weigh themselves when they go to the gym? Because I find my weight fluctuates a lot during the day and it's preventing me from getting accurate values for my weight. I know in the long run it will average out, but if that long run means 1 month+, it could be too late and I could have already gained an extra 10 lbs of fat.
Edit: Decided to reduce the cups of oats I eat a day from 2 to 1. This cuts 300 calories, mostly from carbs, which I was a little heavy in.
Last edited by mac520; 01-29-2009 at 09:14 PM.
01-29-2009, 09:12 PM #8
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01-29-2009, 09:44 PM #10
That being said it could very well be you were slightly undereating and increasing calories 500/day merely resulted in a water shift from the more complete glycogen storage.
01-29-2009, 09:50 PM #11
01-29-2009, 09:51 PM #12
Can you explain more about what glycogen storage is? I have never understood it.
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01-29-2009, 10:34 PM #15
You have to consider some of that extra energy is being used for increased gym performance and Increased T4 to T3 thyroid conversion (ie, thermogenesis)
So even if the scale moves up 1 lb per week not all that weight is fat.
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