Question: Why Did My Weight Loss Stopped After Adding Bodybuilding Workouts?
Every week I do cardio a few times a week and I was losing about 2-lbs per week. Now I added bodybuilding workouts on my weight loss exercise program 2 times a week for 2 weeks and I haven’t lost a pound ever since. Could this be because I lose fat weight but at the same time I gained muscle weight?
Answer: When you add bodybuilding workouts into your exercise program for weight loss for the first time, the weight loss typically slows down or stops as muscle is being gained at a very fast rate. When muscle is gained at the same rate than fat loss is happening, then the scale will show no change. It is possible that by adding weight training you have gained 1.5-2 lbs of lean body mass to your frame and thus, assuming that you lost the same in fat, that is why your weight loss has stopped. If you see that your clothes feel tighter on the rest of the body but looser at the waist line then you know that this is the case.
However, if you see that the waist line is still the same then that tells me that your weight loss has stopped and it may be due to the fact that the extra calories being burned by the weight training may be putting you in a catabolic state where your body’s metabolism is not been fed enough calories to support all of the activity. If this is the case, you will typically feel very tired all the time. In such as case, make sure you are eating every 3 hours and that you are taking in at least 1 gram of protein and 1 gram of carbs per pound of lean body weight. Also make sure to get around 30 grams of good fats from either flax seed oil or fish oils. Please refer to my article on bodybuilding diets for fat loss.
Why Gaining Muscle Weight is Good?
Gaining muscle weight is a good thing because not only muscle gives shape and tone to your body but also because muscle is metabolically active tissue. Thus, the more muscle you have the more calories your body burns even at rest! This is a great thing as in that manner, your weight loss becomes easier. Remember that the weight you are trying to lose is fat weight and thus, if you gain muscle weight, as long as you are still losing the fat, it does not matter what the scale shows.