Originally Answered: Why am I gaining weight instead of losing?
people who begin exercising sometimes start eating more, without
even noticing it. They do it for two reasons.
First, they have bigger appetite because they move more and burn more
calories. So, they eat more without even noticing it, and it tastes
better, too, because many overweight people were not even hungry
before - they ate because they were bored, because they could and so
on. Now they are genuinely hungry, everything tastes better, they eat
more and gain weight after they exercised.
Second, they think that they are burning a lot of calories, and can
now eat this or treat themselves to that, yet they do not burn as much
as they think, and they eat what they usually won't eat because of the
high caloric content. This treat may have more caloric content which
they burned during their workout. Then they have their regular meals,
too, and at the end they've worked out hard and have gained weight!
Then there is that myth which says that when you join a gym
and exercise for a week or two, you gain muscle, and it's heavier than
the fat. It's not true. To gain even one pound of muscles, one must
work hard and for many weeks. You can't just lift weights for a couple
of weeks, and suddenly become all muscle. You'll need to work much
much harder than that, and for much much longer. People can't cope
with the fact that they worked out hard, and gained weight, so they
use this myth to justify themselves. What can you do about it:
1. Start a food journal, and write down everything you eat, to track
down the calories.
2. Stop treating yourself. "I exercised hard, now I eat
this tempting little muffin" - to burn the calories from that little
muffin you will have to sprint run for an hour, and it's only to stay
the same, not to become thinner! This is too hard of a work, so drop
processed high caloric food from your diet.
3. Slow down with exercises until your body gets used to it. This way,
you will have smaller appetite and will be less hungry. By and by your
body will get used to your activity level, and then you can work out
more. Start slowly and work your way up to the intense workouts. When
you are ready to be more intense, your body will be smaller, your
stomach will shrink, and you won't tend to overeat.