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Old 01-22-2011, 08:34 PM   #1
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Weight gain

I am 6'1 and as of late I have been gaining weight for reasons I can't explain.

I about six to seven months ago I held steady with my weight ranging from 198 to 205. Never going over 205. However, lately, my weight has been ranging anywhere from 208-219(today). I have no idea why or what could explain this weight gain that has taken place over about six months.

I exercise four times a week at least and I have upped the exercising lately to combat this, to no avail. I ran every day last week, I ran five miles yesterday and did a 14.4 hike today and I weighed in at 219, my highest in years, today. So I don't think it's water weight which I would have sweated off. I have been doing a lot of crossfit style workouts which have really left me sore, could it be muscle development?

The only thing that has changed in seven months is my exercising, which has shifted from 3-5 mile runs in shorts and tennis shoes to 2-3 miles in boots and as weight vest (which is much more difficult for me and yields a more intense workout in my opinion). So the distance has decreased a bit, but the intensity has increased.

As for my eating habits, I always just have dinner, I don't have time for other meals throughout the day, that's the way I've always done things and it's worked fine in the past. The quantity of food eaten hasn't increased and the quality hasn't decreased so I'm dumbfounded as to why I continue to gain weight.

Could it just be a slowing metabolism? I don't see how given my food intake.

Any advice is appreciated, thanks guys.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:26 AM   #2
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Re: Weight gain

Could be a number of factors, including overtraining.
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:14 AM   #3
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Re: Weight gain

im not an expert but if your eating the same as before you started crossfitting you might not be eating enough causing a lot of stress on your body without the fuel to recover. you'll see this said a lot here

workout+not enough food= overtraining= fat gain.

you'll get a lot more intelligent posts before long
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:33 AM   #4
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Re: Weight gain

Where is the weight going? How do your clothes fit? Are you developing belly fat, or filling out your chest and legs? If the latter, it's mostly muscle and nothing to worry about.

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Old 01-23-2011, 12:29 PM   #5
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Re: Weight gain

The frequency of cf workouts haven't changed, Brett.

Katherine, my pants have felt a little tighter lately, but I don't think much of it could be due to fat gain, my stomach doesn't look/feel much flabbier, but that's probably because I do a lot of ab work. I think my hips have generated some fat and maybe my butt. But if that's the case, how the hell did I gain the fat?

About seven or eight monthss ago, if I started to approach 205 I would typically cut carbs and increase the intensity of my workout to burn fat and I would notice results within a few days. However, my weight has been all over the place, some days it will drop a few pounds ffor no reason and others it will increase.

My scale isn't broken, but I have thought it was many times in the past few months.
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:43 PM   #6
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Re: Weight gain

Bigger hips and butt could be muscle, too. Ab work won't keep fat from accumulating on your stomach.

It's hard to say without seeing pictures, but I think you'd know if you'd added 15+ pounds of fat. So I'm going to guess that it's muscle.

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Old 01-23-2011, 04:05 PM   #7
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Re: Weight gain

You've been doing everything the same except you've added weight to your workouts?

It's muscle.
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:37 PM   #8
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Re: Weight gain

If that's the case, what's a good way to lose some weight then? Cut back on the lifting and increase the cardiovascular activity?
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Old 01-23-2011, 06:29 PM   #9
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Old 01-23-2011, 06:29 PM   #10
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If that's the case, what's a good way to lose some weight then? Cut back on the lifting and increase the cardiovascular activity?
...You want to lose muscle?
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