Exercise & Weight Gain?

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TVEditor
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   Posted 7/27/2009 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   
As I mentioned before, I don't have a structured exercise routine but I am more active during the summer (golf, yard work, etc.).  This past couple of weeks, I noticed that I actually put on a couple of pounds without changing my diet.   I am wondering about the reason for this.
 
Is there a link between exercise & weight gain?
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~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July/'08
~ Dropped 40 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head
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TVEditor
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   Posted 7/27/2009 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I may have answered my own question - I just stumbled upon this in a Low Carb forum:
 
"I've found that when I was being more meat-focused, I actually gained muscle mass without exercising. I lost more inches while the scale didn't move as much. I believe my body used up any excess protein to add to my muscle mass. It wasn't like I started looking all buff or anything, but I leaned out more, which was a very good thing. "
This is similar to what is happening to me I think.
 
(Oh great -- only a mod for a few weeks & already talking to myself turn
 
SHEESH!
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July/'08
~ Dropped 40 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head
~ My doctor thinks HE is responsible (Don't tell him! He's happy ;)

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right


LanieG
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   Posted 7/27/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know, Chris, because I've been stalled for 6 months.  In my case, I have not exercised as much as I did before and I know I've succumbed on several occasions to eating food I shouldn't have.  I figured those are the reasons in my case. On the whole, though, I have stuck to the same way of eating as before with the exceptions of the slips.  I've read that the body reacts to any restricted diet by frequently going into a preservation mode because it thinks it's starving, so it will stop losing weight even if you reduce calories.  Also, muscle weighs more than fat so it's possible that as more muscle mass is increased, so is the weight but then you should notice that you are more toned and clothes fit better.  (Not in my case anymore!)  Then, there's the possibility of constipation which might add to weight.   smhair    Since insulin builds fat and the more carbs we eat, the more insulin we produce, the more weight we put on, but in the case of low-carbers, this can't be the case.  It could be that the body has reached a normal stall.  Dr. Bernstein says to cut out some protein then if you've cut out the carbs.  But I'll tell you that I'm not measuring how many ounces or grams of protein I'm eating and I'm not about to start!  Way too tedious.  So, despite the fact I'm disappointed in the plateau (and that I've actually gained back some pounds), I'm still keeping with the way of eating and I'm getting back to more exercise.  Good luck.  I'm in the same boat.  (PS It's leaking.  turn )

Lanie
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TVEditor
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   Posted 7/27/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I've slipped off the wagon a couple of times myself.  I've found that I can tolerate 1 slice of bread a day without spiking but every once in a while I'll make a full sandwich.  I think that's what brought on my stall.
 
I've also read something like what you describe -- that the body has some kind of ideal weight it likes to be at.
 
"..., cut out some protein ...," ?!?   What's left to eat then? ... gravel??? tongue
 
I'm with you ... I'm sticking with the program, frustrating though it is.
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July/'08
~ Dropped 40 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head
~ My doctor thinks HE is responsible (Don't tell him! He's happy ;)

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right


LanieG
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   Posted 7/27/2009 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm concerned and mad about the stall and the gain but there are other issues on the table besides weight: blood sugar and blood pressure.  My blood sugar has been fine, other than the times I've indulged.  This is great because I'm doing it only by diet and exercise - even if I've had slips.  My blood pressure has remained really good, too.  Last summer I was able to stop one of the two pills I was taking because my BP was too low.  So, now I've been on the one prescription and my BP seems to be ok.  I just took it and it's 116/70.  This alone is cause for me to celebrate and I'm sure it's because of the exercise and the weight loss (until now anyway).  When I get frustrated that I'm stalled in weight loss, I have to consider these other two issues and I feel much better. 
  yeah
Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds
                                                                 


Phishbowl
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   Posted 7/29/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
How are your hydration levels? Sometimes retaining water can add to the weight, especially in the summer months. Here in Ottawa we're on our way to a new world record for the most rain in July. I wouldn't be surprised if we all put on a few extra from reverse osmosis alone :-)

Kris
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- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
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TVEditor
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   Posted 7/29/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, we're certainly not sweating up here in Thunder Bay so you be on to something there Kris. Over 30 in Whitehorse and 40 deg. C in B.C.confused

We're on the wrong side of the country I guess shakehead
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July/'08
~ Dropped 40 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head
~ My doctor thinks HE is responsible (Don't tell him! He's happy ;)

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right

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