Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Detailed Answer

Here is a more detailed answer from here.

My question to a well educated Trainer
Could you give me an explanation as to why when you start a boot camp like exercise problem you potentially loose no weight.  Assuming you have a ton of weight to loose (50 or more) and your diet remains the same.  I loose inches and tone up but many times my weight doesn’t change.  I know many other people who would like to understand this too.

His answer

First of all, there are LOTS of variables that go into this.  One of the primary ones is that when you start working out, one of the initial responses of the body is to start storing more glycogen in the muscles (glycogen is the storage form of glucose in the muscles so basically we're talking about storing more fuel now that you're working out).  Well, for every one gram of glycogen stored, the body also stores 3 grams of water.  So immediately one starts gaining water weight.  That's why one may "feel" more tone and even have clothes fit better but the scale does not change (much).

That said, if one is truly in a caloric deficit, weight loss should happen.  If it's not happening, we need to take a closer look at your nutrition.  If everything is truly fine there, then seeing a MD (endocrinologist) might be in order.

1 comment:

  1. Yup, this sounds reasonable. Just keep doing what you know, and you can count on the loss eventually, right?

    Keep up with the great work, Amy!