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losing inches, but no pounds...?
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I just finished week three of insanity. I am eating according to the elite nutrition book and Have been consuming a Ton of protein. I have lost almost two inches around my hips but no weight. I am getting stronger and leaner. I just don't understand why I haven't lost weight. Am I fine?
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2/10/13 2:48 PM as a reply to tiff20.
Because lean muscle weights more than fat. So you lost 2 inches of fat and added muscle. As long as you are losing inches, you are ok, do not depend that much on the weight, is really the body fat you are after.

Coach Alberto
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2/11/13 6:15 PM as a reply to tiff20.
Alberto is correct.
Muscle weighs more than fat.
You are building muscle and getting leaner.
This is why you are shedding inches, and not weight.
Its completely normal, and expected.

Stay off the scale.
Dont step back on it until you feel you've reached your goal and are ready to begin a maintenance program.
From that point, you can then step on it and set a good baseline to work from.
Until then however...dont bother.
Go by how your clothes are fitting you.
Its a way better barometer for measuring results, and, it too, is what people SEE! ;)

Dom
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2/12/13 5:55 AM as a reply to tiff20.
Hey!! You are fine!! In fact, you're better than fine!! Losing inches means it's working. We get too wrapped up in the scale sometimes. The scale not only represents fat loss but muscle loss, water loss, water weight, muscle gain/weight...in other words it fluctuates. Inches lost are a good thing. I have been reading, talking to, and following a few women who specifically weight train for competitions. It seems like every single one of them ends up weighing more, but will always go down in pants sizes. It's so cool. They will be a size 8 at 125 but then go to a size 4 and still be around 125 if not a little more!! So you are good. Stick with your calories and make sure to keep eating enough. That is a mistake several make with insanity. They don't eat enough to fuel that intense workout. Let me know if you have any more questions!! Gongrats on the 2 inches!!!
tiff20:
I just finished week three of insanity. I am eating according to the elite nutrition book and Have been consuming a Ton of protein. I have lost almost two inches around my hips but no weight. I am getting stronger and leaner. I just don't understand why I haven't lost weight. Am I fine?
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2/12/13 11:25 AM as a reply to tiff20.
You are better than fine. You are converting fat into muscle.

tiff20:
I just finished week three of insanity. I am eating according to the elite nutrition book and Have been consuming a Ton of protein. I have lost almost two inches around my hips but no weight. I am getting stronger and leaner. I just don't understand why I haven't lost weight. Am I fine?

tiff20:
I just finished week three of insanity. I am eating according to the elite nutrition book and Have been consuming a Ton of protein. I have lost almost two inches around my hips but no weight. I am getting stronger and leaner. I just don't understand why I haven't lost weight. Am I fine?
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2/18/13 10:36 AM as a reply to tiff20.
I've been wondering this myself. I've gained 6 lbs in the past month or so, but have lost 7.75" from my body. I'm probably eating too many calories, which is the funny thing. I've always heard it takes a long time to build muscle, but I'm beginning to beg to differ on this one.
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2/18/13 11:23 AM as a reply to tiff20.
Poxyfairy - if you are losing inches, you are not eating too many calories. You are doing just fine. Dont alter what is working for you.
It's not about the # on the scale, it MORE about how you feel, and, how your clothes are fitting right now.

This is not an uncommon experience, and should not be looked at as a bad thing - but, infact, a good thing! emoticon

Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions.

Dom
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2/18/13 11:29 AM as a reply to tiff20.
A couple corrections:

1) Fat does not convert into muscle. It gets used for energy.

2) Muscle does not weigh more than fat. A pound is a pound. A pound of muscle takes up less space than a pound of fat.
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2/18/13 3:29 PM as a reply to poxyfairyplume.
Remember,muscle weighs more than fat. So, it is very common to fluctuate a few pounds while working out.

When I was doing P90X, I lost 20lbs really quick, but by the second month I was doing more weight lifting, so had gained about 10lbs back in muscle. Yet, my dress size didn't increase.
Don't be discouraged, this is normal.
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2/18/13 3:36 PM as a reply to BrainKandi.
Let me clarify: Yes, 1lb of muscle is equal to 1lb of fat, HOWEVER, 1lb of muscle does NOT take up the same amount of space as 1lb of fat. Therefore, you can gain muscle weight without increasing your size.

It's all about what you want, and what your fitness goals are. If you want to be lean and strong, doing many reps at a lower weight will give you muscle without the "bulk" size. And that will actually speed up your metabolism, thus, burning fat.

I know it can get kind of technically, but I would suggest, NOT getting on the scale on a daily basis. I'd say once a week at max. Sometimes, we can get so consumed with the number on the scale, that we forget that it's about how we feel.

Whatever your fitness goal, do your best and give it time. You WILL see results, but it might take a little longer than you hope for.
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2/19/13 11:19 AM as a reply to ChefBK85.
Coachbryan, you are technically correct on both these "corrections" but missing the larger point. Both are shorthand because it's easier to say "muscle weights more than fat," rather than, "A cubic liter of muscle weighs more than a cubic liter of fat..." And, yes, every metabolic process in our body is technically a conversion to energy that is then deployed in various ways. But when someone is staying at the same weight while experiencing a transformation of their body, it makes perfect sense to say their fat is being converted to muscle.

CoachBryan85:
A couple corrections:

1) Fat does not convert into muscle. It gets used for energy.

2) Muscle does not weigh more than fat. A pound is a pound. A pound of muscle takes up less space than a pound of fat.
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2/21/13 8:43 AM as a reply to DomCampbell.
DomCampbell:
Poxyfairy - if you are losing inches, you are not eating too many calories. You are doing just fine. Dont alter what is working for you.
It's not about the # on the scale, it MORE about how you feel, and, how your clothes are fitting right now.

This is not an uncommon experience, and should not be looked at as a bad thing - but, infact, a good thing! emoticon

Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions.

Dom


Thanks, you make me feel a lot better. By too many calories, I mean way more than what "they" suggest for my program. I eat up to 2400 calories a day, with a desk job. Most days I'm probably around 2000 or a bit higher. My suggested caloric intake is around 1740 - I'd totally be lightheaded all day if I did that. I've stopped trying to figure out my body. I'm just going to keep eating when I'm hungry, and making good choices in food.
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