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After 8 months of Palio and CF I have gained weight, Should I count calories?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 19, 2013 at 7:42 PM

I have been doing cross fit 4-5 times a week in addition to light cardio 1 day and competitive soccer on a different day. I am a 5 ft. 5 female and have gone from 135-144 lbs. I feel good, my clothes fit better than ever and I finish my WODS in good time. I recently went to the doctor and he mentioned my weight gain. Should I watch my calories? I'm sure I could be better. I just can't seem to get the number on the scale out of my head.

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on March 20, 2013
at 07:21 PM

Thank you Mandy! I agree with you about physicians sensitivity. Especially postpartum!

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on March 19, 2013
at 08:52 PM

Congratulations on losing fat and gaining muscle. This is what most people want to do, and you have actually done it. If you are really concerned, keep monitoring those clothes. If you want *numbers*, then measure your waist circumference -- that tells you everything you need to know about fat. If you reacted to this by losing ten pounds of muscle and no fat, your doctor might be happy, but you'd look less good and be less healthy.

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at 08:46 PM

Thank you Tom. I wish the scale didn't matter to me, but I should focus on my progress.

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If you weren't doing compound lifts or barbell training before, AND your clothes fit better, that means you probably lost fat and put on muscle. This is difficult to continue doing, but it's definitely not a bad thing. If you don't make any drastic changes you'll probably see your weight come down, it's hard to continue putting on that much muscle but if you don't drastically increase your food intake your fat should continue to drop.

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on March 19, 2013
at 09:02 PM

"I feel good, my clothes fit better than ever and I finish my WODS in good time." That's awesome! You owe it to yourself to get that number out of your head! It doesn't mean a damn thing. You are working out, you feel good, why let some stupid number (or stupid doctor who looks at a number on the scale rather than the big picture) have that much power over how you feel about yourself? You absolutely should not watch your calories if you are feeling good about your fitness level and overall health. If you gained 9 pounds of fat, there might be some reason to be concerned, but you obviously haven't done that.

I am not a doctor-bashing person by any means, but insensitivity about weight, especially toward women drives me crazy. I understand that doctors need to discuss weight with patients who are overweight or who have gained weight quickly, but casually making a comment about a patient's weight without knowing their history or overall fitness lever is completely irresponsible. I had a Dr. tell me I needed to lose weight during my first visit with her. I was only overweight by 10 pounds and I was six months postpartum. I was feeling good about my progress and this Dr. made me feel like shit in two seconds flat. Had she taken the time to ask some questions she would have realized I wasn't sitting on my ass eating twinkies all day, I had recently had a baby and had already lost 35lbs of the 45 I had gained.

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on March 20, 2013
at 07:21 PM

Thank you Mandy! I agree with you about physicians sensitivity. Especially postpartum!

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