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Old 09-05-2006, 10:02 AM   #1
Frank Menendez
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Is it normal to gain some body fat during a week off? I was lean prior to my week off and thus far I can tell there's been an increase of body fat... frustrating!
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Old 09-05-2006, 10:48 AM   #2
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All depends on your daily calories. If your non off weeks are very active and you took a complete break without changing the calorie intake, it is possible (as you are not buring what you normally do during a regular week). If you are positive that what you gained was only fat (not muscle or water retention) then I am sure you will probably burn it off quick. Just down take the calories if you are not working out.
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:04 AM   #3
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That always happens to me but I think its just water retention and it usually disapears in a day or 2 once I start working out again.
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:06 AM   #4
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Frank:

From my recollection of your previous posts, I think you are focused on achieving a very low body fat percentage. Is that correct?

I find that my body is fine getting down to around 8% and then it resists further efforts. Although I can't cite a scientific study, I believe that we are genetically programmed to carry a minimum amount of fat (which may vary by individual and certainly varies by sex).

I think you also need to be careful not to obsess over some small change. For instance, if you are lean and can see your top 4 abs, for instance, clearly, it's not going to take much fat (3lb gain?) to obscure them slightly, again depending on your genetics. This might be a tragedy if you're a fashion model but for a CFitter, it surely makes no difference.

Just my 2cents...
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Old 09-05-2006, 01:31 PM   #5
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Frank-
I'm taking away your mirror. Go eat and train.
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Old 09-05-2006, 05:23 PM   #6
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frank, everyone's weight fluctuates a little now and then. if you spent as much time worrying about getting your numbers up as you do about appearance, you would be an elite level crossfitter. i say this to help you focus on what's important, not to berate you.
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Old 09-05-2006, 07:19 PM   #7
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Frank--

Seems to me as if maybe you are retaining some water?? Makes you look a little thicker and not as lean...

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Old 09-05-2006, 07:46 PM   #8
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It's been 4 days since I took time off and thus far i've gained 4 1/2 lbs!! lol...wow... I doubt i'll finish my "one week" break, I really feel like doing some WODs and getting back on track!
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Old 09-06-2006, 03:36 AM   #9
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4 1/2 lbs? I highly doubt it is fat. Who knows, maybe your body is appreciating the much needed rest and building back up your muscles, restocking your muscle glycogen (which requires more water retention as well).
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