Ask the Trainer: Adding Exercise to Dieting
Question: I started dieting two months ago and lost 10 pounds. Last month I added exercise and did a total of 40 hours and have not lost a pound. Some people have suggested I might have a thyroid issue. I can’t believe I haven’t even lost a pound. What is going on? I have the weight to lose. Help!
Answer: If you lost 10 pounds just through dieting in the first month it was probably a combination of fat, water, and muscle. However, when you added weight training to the mix you probably started putting on more muscle and losing fat at the same time. Many times this accounts for no weight loss but inches lost on the waistline. Take a look at whether you are losing inches more than weight. If this is not the case then I would recommend going to the doctor and getting your thyroid checked. If your thyroid is o.k. then you need to start looking at the amount of calories you are consuming versus the calories you are burning. If you are burning more calories than you are taking in then you have to be losing weight. Good luck with your workout program and your future fitness adventure!