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gaining weight on Pump...ARGGHHH!
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HELP. I am on week 4 of Pump and my scale has gone up 5 lbs. I am F, 5' 0", 45, now 130 lbs! I completed Insanity and I was running 5-6 miles per day, 5 days a week. I cut the cardio since starting Pump to just 2-3 days a week. I didnt feel challenged with the month 1 routines so I added the month 3 routines into it. I am trying to follow a high protein, low card diet. I am very frustrated because I am so short. I dont want to be bigger at all, ACK!. Has this happened to anyone else? Can yo ugive me any advice or tips. THe eating program that came with the program to me seems too time consuming to follow. I work 12 hour days and stink at cooking anyway.
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RE: gaining weight on Pump...ARGGHHH!
11/27/12 8:22 AM as a reply to shelliemac.
Couple of things:

1) You say that you are following a high protein, low carb diet. What kind of foods are you eating? How many calories a day are you eating?

2) How are your clothes fitting? Are they getting tighter?

Depending on how many calories you are eating, it is possible to gain while doing the program. There is a section in the diet guide for maintenance, if that is what you are trying to do. It shows how many calories to eat based on your weight.
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RE: gaining weight on Pump...ARGGHHH!
11/27/12 10:23 AM as a reply to shelliemac.
A couple of things stick out to me with this post and they could be your problem.

1) You did Insanity and run 5-6 times a week so it is obviously your workouts were cardio heavy in the past to say the least. With those types of workouts alone you will lose weight, get trim, look lean blah blah blah but are vey unlikely to gain a lot of muscle mass.

2) You cut back on your cardio. Pump calls for some scaling back so that is ok. Keep in mind though that since you did this you will start to build more lean mass and that is where you are most likely seeing the gains.

With that said, have you taken body measurements or seen changes in body composition? I can understand your concern but if you aren't growing in inches what you are experiencing is normal.

Also, how are the Pump sessions going for you? Basically are you lifting fairly heavy weight and really about to bonk at the end of a set or are you sticking to fairly light weights and pushing just hard enough to get a good burn?
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RE: gaining weight on Pump...ARGGHHH!
11/27/12 10:44 AM as a reply to JoshMB.
for Breakfast I am eating egg beeters (equivelent to 4-5 eggs) and soy sausage (5g carbs), for lunch its usually ground turkey or chicken. Dinner is a big salad with Tuna. I dont drink diet soda (anymore) and have switched to flavored water (0 calorie) I am getting between 1000 and 1200 calories per day. but again I am only 5 feet short so... My clothes...they do feel looser and I am doing the programs with mostly the 15 lbs. on each end option, except for the chest/arm blocks. there I only do about 7-10 lbs per block. but the squats/lunges/back all I do with the 15lb on each end of the bar. and I am biting my lip but I get through the whole workout. Man this is soo frustrating. I reached a plateau on the cardio though where nothing else was coming off and I was actually struggling to stay where I was. I though at my age, I could use weights but I am really scared of seeing the scale go back up.
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RE: gaining weight on Pump...ARGGHHH!
11/27/12 10:50 AM as a reply to shelliemac.
I am getting through the pump sessions fine, of course towards the end of a set, I am biting my lip a little but for legs and back I have on all the weights that came with the set. I actually went and got 2 additional 5lb plates to add soon. The arms and chest I am doing between 7 - 10 lbs for a block. I feel I am doing the weight I can for only lifting for 4 1/2 weeks now.

Oh, I do take medication for Hypothyroidism daily and have for years. I wish I could blame that for all my non losing weight issues but I dont think that will fly much longer. I feel too that my belly is "bulging" a little with using the weight plate and doing some of the ab exercises. I dont like this feeling but its what they do in the video so I do it.

I am going to pre purchase the Les Mills Body Combat to add a different type of cardio and see if I can jump start something there., Ill probably end up in a body cast or traction but hey, no pain, no gain right?
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RE: gaining weight on Pump...ARGGHHH!
11/27/12 11:37 AM as a reply to shelliemac.
Okay, sounds like it could be this: You said you are eating between 1000-1200 calories per day. I have read many things about this program and other programs and each thing has said not to go below 1200 calories. Jericho herself has said this in a Q&A from the video chats and she is pretty petite herself. Your body might not have enough fuel to sustain, so it is going into a starvation mode and holding onto everything you are giving it. Based on your weight, according to the fitness guide, you should be eating a minimum of 1300 calories a day if you are doing phase one. If you are in the other phases, you should eat 200 more calories of protein.

Since your clothes are fitting looser, it also sounds like you are gaining muscle and losing fat. And I agree with Carey about it being unlikely to gain muscle mass with your previous workouts. Dan Cohen talks about this in his Q&A video chat. A runner's body looks different than an athlete's body. (I'm not saying runners aren't athletes, but you know what I mean) Athlete's are more muscular and therefore would weight more than someone that is a runner.

I hope this helps.
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RE: gaining weight on Pump...ARGGHHH!
11/27/12 12:27 PM as a reply to shelliemac.
ok, I am willing to take any advice. I will add a chicken breast (or 2) to my daily intake. Its just contrary to all I have ever heard or read to "eat more" to loose fat. I am of the school where you have to deprive yourself and pull at "Matthew McConaghey" type of diet lately to see even an ounce come off. Thank you for the responses and I will keep you informed on my progress.

Shelly
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RE: gaining weight on Pump...ARGGHHH!
11/29/12 4:56 AM as a reply to shelliemac.
FINIALLY! I took yall's advice and added a lil more protein. I added an extra chicken breast at the end of my day. From that day I have lost 1.8 lbs. Its a great thing to see the scale go down while eating more food. I also upped the wts I am using during the leg segments (one word "OUCH!") I will keep updating as my progress progresses. Thank you for the advice!
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RE: gaining weight on Pump...ARGGHHH!
11/29/12 6:22 AM as a reply to shelliemac.
That's awesome! Congrats!
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RE: gaining weight on Pump...ARGGHHH!
11/29/12 6:32 AM as a reply to shelliemac.
You need to eat more fat. It looks like you are eating pretty much none.
If you are wanting to eat lower carb that's fine, but have your protein around 1g per lbs of lean BW and then use fat for more calories.

Also, at your height and weight if you are looking to get leaner trying to add muscle mass would be more beneficial then anything else.
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RE: gaining weight on Pump...ARGGHHH!
11/29/12 7:15 AM as a reply to shelliemac.
I agree, Awesome! Keep it up.
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RE: gaining weight on Pump...ARGGHHH!
11/29/12 9:44 AM as a reply to CareyLJenkins.
Josh, Trevor and Carey. Thank you. I will put all the advice into place.

Trevor, so your saying for a shrimpo like me more wt training and even less cardio??? Should I double the Pump program and do more of them? I dont think I am strong enough yet to add more weight to the bar.

eating fats.....wow thats gonna take a bit of getting used too but I will do it.
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RE: gaining weight on Pump...ARGGHHH!
11/29/12 7:03 PM as a reply to shelliemac.
I don't find PUMP to be very good for adding muscle mass.
I think Body Beast is a much better program.
You will need to remember that BF% is a better metric then weight, you will look leaner at the same BF% if you have more lean muscle.

Fat is super important, and I think even more so for women due to the complexity of their endocrinology.
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RE: gaining weight on Pump...ARGGHHH!
12/5/12 5:02 AM as a reply to Trevorxgage.
OK, my friends I am turning to you for advice again. OK so I added some additional protein at the end of my day in grilled chicken breast. For the first few days it worked at making my scale move in the downward position. Now its stalled again and I am very tired and I have very little energy.

I work out very hard 6 days a week, I am getting about 1200-1300 calories a day. I am befuddeled as to why I am still holding onto weight. WHY AM I NOT LOSING WEIGHT. sorry I am not yelling I am just frustrated.

any help my friends?

shelly
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