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Exercise Halts Weight Loss
« on: April 05, 2012, 05:52:43 PM »
Ever since I can remember, I can either diet OR exercise. My body doesn't seem to be able to do both. I started on Paleo 2 1/2 weeks ago and dropped 7 pounds in the first 5 days. After I started exercising, I not only didn't lose, but gained back 2 pounds then held steady. By steady, I mean not even a +/- 0.1 pound fluctuation. This week, beginning of week three. I decided to see how long after exercise would I start to lose weight again. I exercised on Sunday. Circuit training with body weight exercises. I didn't lose weight again until Wednesday. Today I am down 2 pounds to put me back where I was when I first started exercising. Now, I am not meaning to sound like I am frustrated with the diet. That is not is at all. I am LOVING the diet and don't plan on going back to eating terrible regardless of weight loss. I am about 90% Paleo and I only don't count 100% because I don't have total control of what restaurants put in their food but I do my absolute best to order strictly Paleo friendly. I have cut out sweeteners such as honey and agave nectar, 1-2 servings of fruit a day, plenty of vegetables, tons of meat/eggs, and staying hydrated.

My question is if anyone else has or had this problem in the past and what they changed to fix it? I really want to be able to do both at the same time but my body just isn't receptive to that. I had lost 30 pounds in the past but had to alternate a few weeks of diet only with a few weeks of diet/exercise because I would not lose weight during the time I would exercise. I do have a tendency to "bulk up" quickly but I imagine that it is impossible build muscle fast enough to balance out weight loss. I use the term bulk up cautiously because I know that women don't bulk up the way men do but I don't have a lean or toned frame. All of the women in my family are the same way, especially my mom. Any suggestions would be really helpful. Thank you in advance and I look forward to hearing what others have to say. :)

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Re: Exercise Halts Weight Loss
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2012, 11:37:24 PM »
I do very little exercise, lost stacks of weight on paleo without any exercise at all. Strenuous exercise makes me hungry! I do want to get more active though, and now that I'm not overweight I don't have any excuse not to. I will follow this thread with interest.


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Re: Exercise Halts Weight Loss
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2012, 01:46:20 AM »
I lost weight quickly when I started paleo and I wasn't exercising, other than walking. I was down to the point where people were telling me I looked too thin. I put on a little weight when I started lifting though.

Maybe it's the type of exercise that's the problem - too aerobic perhaps.  You could try daily relaxed walking, once a week sprinting and twice a week lifting.

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Re: Exercise Halts Weight Loss
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2012, 06:42:42 AM »
When it comes to weightlifiting and such, in general the most muscle rapid gains come within the first week or so of working out; it slows down exponentially after that. Judging by your post I would venture to guess that you worked out for about a week, correct? In all reality though, if your exercises are intense enough to trigger anaerobic metabolism your body should be burning through whatever fat reserve you may have relatively quickly. 

Also, do any changes in your eating occur on days that you exercise? People tend to indulge a little either as a 'reward' for working out, or our of stimulated appetite from working out. Either way (and you probably already know) that's ill advised when trying to lose weight. :)

Something that might help in figuring out whether you're gaining muscle or just not losing weight would be to get a tape measure and keep track of the measurements of say your arms, legs and waist. If you're weight is staying the same but you're getting smaller you'll know you're on the right track! ;)   

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Re: Exercise Halts Weight Loss
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2012, 06:57:37 AM »
You really can't measure weight loss on a day to day basis like that.  I'm 115, but some days I'm 112 and some days 118, just depending.  You should only really weight every 5 days at the most. 

Also, weight loss and fat loss are not the same thing.  Most people gain muscles and lose fat, no net weight loss...hence a tape measure is more useful than a scale

Almost everyone loses 5-10lbs of water weight in their first 10 days of paleo


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Re: Exercise Halts Weight Loss
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2012, 07:14:38 AM »
You really can't measure weight loss on a day to day basis like that.

Not generally. Although, weighing yourself in the mornings, before your first meal, when your bowels and bladder are both clear, on a day-to-day basis can help eliminate whatever variables may be contributing to the day-to-day fluctuations in weight. Not to mention, that's the time of day you weight the least; checking one's weight then can potentially be more encouraging than checking at other times!  ;p

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Re: Exercise Halts Weight Loss
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2012, 07:18:31 AM »
What kind of exercise are you doing?  Some types stimulate appetite and may be causing you to eat more.  Exercise should either be intense or relaxed.  Moderate intensity seems to stimulate appetite.  That's why you see so many cardio bunnies that can't lose weight.   In general, exercise all your metabolic pathways, from anaerobic to aerobic and include significant resistance training.
« Last Edit: April 06, 2012, 07:22:33 AM by stuward »

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Re: Exercise Halts Weight Loss
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2012, 08:19:25 AM »
Thank you for all of the replies. I was really doing about 5 minutes of cardio just to warm up, then about 40 minutes of lifting. After reading Robb Wolf's book, he suggests to cut it down to about 30 minutes each day total. I started cutting down on the length of the exercise (at least for now) and mixing up the types of exercise to see if that helps as well. I was thinking about starting 3 day cycles of weight lifting, walking, and yoga.

I have been measuring. I lost .5 inches around my waist and have stayed the same since the end of week one. I didn't lose anything anywhere else. I weigh at the same time everyday to, as you say, eliminate those factors that would cause fluctuations.

Would you consider strictly weight lifting intense or moderate?  If it is moderate, what would you suggest as an intense workout?

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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2012, 10:45:35 AM »
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Would you consider strictly weight lifting intense or moderate?  If it is moderate, what would you suggest as an intense workout?

I believe this is why Robb suggests 30 minutes instead of longer.  By keeping it short, you can increase the intensity.  You don't have time to fiddle around with moderate weights, it's go heavy, then go home.  If you're not going heavy, you should.  You should be doing basic full body exercises, like squats, deadlifts, presses, rows, farmer's walks, etc, or maybe some Olympic style lifting.  You do all that in 30 minutes and you don't have time for tricep kickbacks.


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Re: Exercise Halts Weight Loss
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2012, 01:53:40 AM »
At 45 min you might be getting cortisol kicking in.

Change your exercise to 10 minutes of sprints and see how it works. Bet it is all peaches from then on.