Hey! I found your blog and like your down to earth advice. I am an avid exerciser, I exercise 6 days a week, run 6-8 miles about 4 times a week and the other days do the elliptical and yoga (I’m also a yoga teacher in training). I love exercising and often wind up walking a lot throughout my day as well! I eat healthy 85% of the time, and here and there will have candy or something unhealthy. I wound up going from 125 lbs to a mere 105 (I’m 5’3 and my goal was between 110-115) from slowly changing my diet to including a large variety of vegetables and increasing the length and speed of my runs. The thing is, in the past year I am back at just over 120 lbs and I’m not sure how! Your post about your body getting used to certain things struck a chord with me, but I am so frustrated and don’t want to “force” myself to starve or diet. Any advice? Thanks! -Lexi

Hi Lexi. Judging from what you wrote there could be several reasons why your weight got to 120. You have to figure out which one most likely applies to you.

1. Since you work out so much you might have gained muscle weight. Muscle weighs more than fat. It’s always easier to keep track by using a measuring tape and measuring several parts of your body, because when you gain muscle weight the number on the scale would become higher while the measurements would stay the same or get smaller.

2. You might be going too hard on yourself. If you really lowered your calorie intake, then your body might have gone into stock up mode. In such case your metabolism becomes slower and your body starts saving everything it gets. It might sound crazy, but to lose weight you need to eat more. You need to get more calories from food, especially carbs and fat. We all need a bit of fat to function properly. I would suggest you include into your diet some pasta, whole grain bread, potatoes or anything else high in carbs or fat.

3. When it comes to weight and numbers (not healthy lifestyle) it doesn’t matter that much what you eat, it’s all about how much you eat. Maybe you eat super healthy foods but you eat a lot of them. That could be one of the reasons why you gained weight.

I hope this answered your question.

Aiste

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