Background- paleo for over a year (80%). I lost a bit in the beginning and then weight loss tapered off. I work out about 4 days a week, hot yoga and weight lifting/cardio. I was becoming very frustrated because after having two babies, I wasn't able to get down to the size that makes me comfortable (130lbs at 5'4"). Last week I decided to diligently watch calories and keep them at 1200 when I don't work out and add in my workout calories on the days I do. After keeping at 1200 calories for the last 10 days, I've lost 7 pounds. I've gone from 140 to 133. My waist is noticeably smaller. My pants are loose and my jackets are all a lot more roomy. I'm pretty thrilled, but I'm holding back on getting too exited because I am worried that losing this quickly means I am losing muscle. Is there a way to know? I went to my weight lifting class twice this week and did great on Monday, but sucked on Friday (I have a nasty cold and a pulled muscle). I'm hoping I did poorly due to my illness and not because I'm getting weak. I'd appreciate some insight. I've worked really hard for this muscle...I don't want to lose it, just want to lose the tummy!
asked bytwochickadeez (2022)
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on April 06, 2013
at 08:35 PM
You won't lose muscle if you are lifting regularly and eating a reasonable amount of protein, so no worries!
It's easy for a woman to drop a lot of water weight right away, so I wouldn't be concerned.
on April 06, 2013
at 08:29 PM
You are mostly losing water and tiny bit of muscle and fat.
How do I know this? Because at 7 days * 3500 calories equalling 24,500 calories - do you really think you created that much of a deficit to naturally lose fat? No. Hell, no.
If you seriously want to maintain your muscle, you need to increase your total calories eaten so that your body isn't starving (which it almost certainly is), and maintain a good amount of physical activity - which it sounds like you do.
You just subjected yourself to a crash diet - I want to encourage you in every way possible to stop what you are doing, even out your diet, and keep on keeping on with the steady and slow way to health.