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Month 2 and Getting Fatter
Month 2 and Getting Fatter
12/3/12 3:59 PM
I start month 2 today, but I am up two full sizes since I started. I know I haven't been paying enough attention to my diet, but I certainly haven't been eating any worse than I was before...which isn't all that bad.

I started the work out, doing it 4-6 days a week depending on my schedule, and over the course of the first three weeks ended up shooting up two sizes in my pants. I can feel the muscle growing, but it doesn't seem to be burning the fat at all. All of a sudden I have crazy amounts of cellulite all over my thighs and but like I have NEVER had before.

My boyfriend says it's just the muscle growing where I never had any before under the fat and it hasn't started burning yet, which is why I'm getting bigger and it looks all lumpy. Someone PLEASE tell me it will go away if I stick with it.

Can someone PLEASE put my mind at ease that this is normal and will go away? I can handle getting bigger with muscle, but I CAN'T handle being big, squishy and lumpy all in one!!
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RE: Month 2 and Getting Fatter
12/3/12 4:59 PM as a reply to BunnyBear55.
I've been doing some research on this myself lately, and have stumbled across multiple articles like the following by Dean Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer:

"It's true that many people either gain a little weight or don't see any change on the scale for as long as 4-6 weeks after making a significant change in their level of exercise. This is often explained as "gaining muscle while losing fat" but that isn't quite accurate. This extra weight is usually water.

When you start doing more exercise, your body begins storing more fuel in your muscle cells, where it can be used easily and quickly to fuel your workouts. The process of converting glucose (carbohydrates) into fuel that your muscles actually store and use (glycogen) requires three molecules of water for every molecule of glucose. As your muscles are building up glycogen stores, your body has to retain extra water for this purpose. That's what causes most of the initial weight gain or lack of weight loss. This is a good thing—not something to worry about.

However, despite what the scale says, you are actually losing fat during this time. The extra water retention will stop once your body has adjusted to its new activity level. At that point, the scale should start moving down. You'll end up with less fat, and muscles that can handle a larger amount of work."

(Source: http://www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_experts.asp?q=68)
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RE: Month 2 and Getting Fatter
12/3/12 7:10 PM as a reply to BunnyBear55.
I gained weight doing Insanity. And I only ended up losing a total of 4 lbs on the program. That being said, I did lose inches, 4 in my waist alone. If you are new to working out, or new to working out at this intensity, it could absolutely be water retention by your muscles.

I would suggest writing down everything that you eat. A lot of times we think that we are eating pretty well, but in actuality we aren't. I am the worlds worst at snacking while I am cooking. Or having a few bites of something here and there. Those calories count. I realized how much I was really eating when I starting tracking everything that passed through my lips.

MyFitness Pal is a great way to track. You can get it on your smart phone and track where ever you are. I think that is where I would start. You are on the right track, don't give up. And most people see the biggest changes after the start of month two.

Since finishing Insanity, I have done one round of P90X. I really cracked down on what I was eating, and I ended up losing almost 20 lbs in three months. I thought I was doing good with Insanity, when I really wasn't.

I hope this helps!

Ashley
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RE: Month 2 and Getting Fatter
12/4/12 1:29 PM as a reply to Spudler.
Thanks Spudler. I am just so discouraged because I have been busting my a$$ and now I'm all lumpy. I don't feel like I'm gaining a ton of water weight though. It feels like my muscles are building and pushing up all this excess hidden fat that I have accumulated over the years and just never saw. Do you know how long it will take before the muscle will start to burn the fat? I'm DYING to get lean again. I can't even wear pants anymore cause my thighs and quads are too big!!! I mean, I've just started week 5 of Insanity and this new found hind quarter is making me want to quit, but I've invested too much time now! HELP!!!!
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RE: Month 2 and Getting Fatter
12/4/12 6:31 PM as a reply to BunnyBear55.
You will probably see more results now that you are starting the second month and the max workouts. You don't have that much of the program left. Try and see it through.

Have you ever done any weight training? You may be someone that benefits from weights more than cardio. I have leaned out a lot more doing P90X than with Insanity. My legs didn't change at all with Insanity. But my legs and arms have leaned way out since starting to lift weights.

Another thought to help is when do you work out? I have read several articles saying that if fat burning is your goal, workout in the morning on an empty stomach. Or relatively empty,a piece of fruit or something to help fuel your workout a bit, but not a lot.

Ashley
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RE: Month 2 and Getting Fatter
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12/5/12 9:31 AM as a reply to BunnyBear55.
BunnyBear55:
I start month 2 today, but I am up two full sizes since I started. I know I haven't been paying enough attention to my diet, but I certainly haven't been eating any worse than I was before...which isn't all that bad.

I started the work out, doing it 4-6 days a week depending on my schedule, and over the course of the first three weeks ended up shooting up two sizes in my pants. I can feel the muscle growing, but it doesn't seem to be burning the fat at all. All of a sudden I have crazy amounts of cellulite all over my thighs and but like I have NEVER had before.

My boyfriend says it's just the muscle growing where I never had any before under the fat and it hasn't started burning yet, which is why I'm getting bigger and it looks all lumpy. Someone PLEASE tell me it will go away if I stick with it.

Can someone PLEASE put my mind at ease that this is normal and will go away? I can handle getting bigger with muscle, but I CAN'T handle being big, squishy and lumpy all in one!!


Hi BunnyBear,

Despite what most people are going to tell you ( what you want to hear), I'll be blunt and tell you straight up that if you are working hard on your exercises, giving it 100%, being consistent on your workouts, and you have still gone up 2 sizes....you need to overhaul your nutrition. I have trained 100's of clients over the last 10 years and those that workout out hard, but don't incorporate the proper nutrition in their diet do not get results. Now you will have some muscle growth, but not that much in 2 months.

If you would like some help, my wife is a Certified Fitness Nutrition Coach and Personal Trainer. She would be happy to give you some nutritional instruction. I"ll send you a buddy request.

Coach Jeff
CPT,PES
motivFIT
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RE: Month 2 and Getting Fatter
12/5/12 9:38 AM as a reply to AshleyG96.
I used to lift weights all the time but I gain the gross sort of muscle that should never be seen on a woman so I have to stick to cardio and polymeric type exercises, which I like better anyway. I started P90X but it made me HUGE after about 45 days and my arms were starting to look like my brothers. ICK.

I thought about trying to do my workout in the morning too, but I am a student in the morning, then I work full time. The only time I have during the day between working, school and being a full time single mom is from 4:30-6:00 in the evening. I usually try not to eat heavy before I do my workouts though because I know I'm CRAZY hungry after I finish them.

I did some research though, and found that muscle builds faster than fat is burned for some people. Perhaps I am just that kind of person. If not...meh, what's another 28 days anyway.
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RE: Month 2 and Getting Fatter
12/6/12 8:02 AM as a reply to BunnyBear55.
I just want to let you know my experience.

I did Insanity earlier this year, and gained 2lbs and didn't lose a millimetre from my waist. I won't even address those who suggest I wasn't giving the exercise & diet my all. Hands down, guaranteed, I worked as hard or harder than them, and my diet is always near-perfection.

You see, I initially gained weight due to a metabolic condition, not bad lifestyle. Prior to that, I'd always been super-thin and fit. Most women with my same condition are grossly overweight.

In any event, after previous years of trial and error, I finally found the combination of factors that, for the first time since the weight gain began, allowed me to lose weight. It was going so well, in fact, that's why I thought I'd amp it up by trying Insanity.

Insanity ddn't work for me, at all. I eventually quit, and went back to the diet & exercise that HAD been successful for me, before starting Insanity. I lost 6lbs that first week.

To date, I've lost 30lbs and kept it off for a year. ...Still losing, incrementally. I will say, my metabolic condition has me on such a razor's edge, if I eat more than maybe 1,000 calories/day, I won't lose weight, and may even gain weight. MFP, for example, arbitrarily calculated a BMR for my age & gender, etc., to be 1,100 cal./day. So, that may well be accurate. When you throw-in the fact that I produce too much insulin, it means I have to eat almost nothing, in order to see any weight loss...short of also running a marathon every day.

But, to address the notion that, in time, the inches will come off, I would point out that I've maintained my weight loss for a year, and still haven't lost a millimetre from my waist. (And while my fat butt and fat arms are every bit as difficult to dress, my fat belly is particularly disheartening, when it comes to wearing fashionable clothes, or even a bathing suit. My current BMI is maybe 24. I'm just hoping that if I get really thin, my waist will eventually slim down. Right now, I don't see the point in trying to wear anything fashionable because my shape is lumpy and jiggly and embarrassing, despite the 30lb weight loss.)
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