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Should I Stop Lifting In Order to Resume Losing 8 more pounds?

brandigyrl81brandigyrl81 Posts: 77Member Member Posts: 77Member Member
I made the mistake of beginning a lifting program, before I reached my goal weight of 162.

When I started my lifting program 1 month ago, I weighed 167 and I've since gone up to about 170. I know the scale has gone up due to my lifting program, which I do 3-4 days a week.

My issue is that I feel like I would be seeing better results if I actually got down to 162 like I originally planned (the last time I was 162, I could see the results of my weight lifting much better than I can now).

Should I stop my lifting program (and risk losing the muscle I've gained) so I can get down to my goal weight OR should I just exercise a little patience and continue down the path I'm going to eventually see my desired results at a much slower pace?

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  • LaurenMT96LaurenMT96 Posts: 183Member Member Posts: 183Member Member
    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10743353/the-last-few-pounds-what-gives#latest

    i had the exact same problem... Sitting at 165, goal weight 161. Read the replies to my thread, people gave some really useful advice around pages 3-4. hope it helps you as much as it helped me! :)
  • MikePTYMikePTY Posts: 2,163Member, Premium Member Posts: 2,163Member, Premium Member
    If you are eating at a deficit, you could have made some small muscle gains as a beginner, but you are very highly unlikely to have gained much significant muscle. Rather you are probably experience some water weight gain due to your muscles needing it for repair. This will go away as your body gets more adapted to working out.

    There is never a wrong time to start lifting during weight loss. It's something I think every person who is physically able to should do from day one. It helps maintain the muscle mass we would otherwise lose during weight loss, allowing more of our loss to be fat and ultimately for us to look leaner and skinner.

    Id be surprised if your weight lifting was making you not look as good as if you didn't do it. My guess is that because you are unhappy with the number on the scale, you are associating that feeling to other areas of your progress.
  • brandigyrl81brandigyrl81 Posts: 77Member Member Posts: 77Member Member
    Thank you all so much for the information. I feel so much better now about what I'm doing. Also, I found this article from LaurenMT96's link she posted and it's also very helpful:

    https://legionathletics.com/water-retention/
  • flippy1234flippy1234 Posts: 672Member Member Posts: 672Member Member
    Thank you all so much for the information. I feel so much better now about what I'm doing. Also, I found this article from LaurenMT96's link she posted and it's also very helpful:

    https://legionathletics.com/water-retention/

    I read this article. Excellent. Thank you for sharing the link. It really explains a lot.
  • brandigyrl81brandigyrl81 Posts: 77Member Member Posts: 77Member Member
    flippy1234 wrote: »
    Thank you all so much for the information. I feel so much better now about what I'm doing. Also, I found this article from LaurenMT96's link she posted and it's also very helpful:

    https://legionathletics.com/water-retention/

    I read this article. Excellent. Thank you for sharing the link. It really explains a lot.

    You're welcome!!!!
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