I need some advice. I've been trying to lose weight for over a year now and have not noticed any difference. I work out everyday by either doing pilates, kickboxing, or running and usually maintain the same weight. I eat pretty clean–no processed foods/minimal oats & grains–protein shakes, green & lean meats/fish for lunch, fruits, nuts, edamame, hummus as snacks. Lately though, I've been putting on weight (10 lbs in the last 2 months), and I am really disappointed and discouraged about it.
I've been told that I am not eating enough for compensate for my workouts, but I dont see how that would make me put on that much weight. I've also been told that it might be muscle weight, but that seems too extreme in such a short period of time especially for my frame (5'2" 136lbs). Frankly any advice would be helpful.
Thank you for your time.
I would not judge fitness progress or decline based on scale weight alone because that can be deceptive. I would look at how your clothes fit, your bodyfat % change, and how you look in the mirror! Some simple tips for you: Don't overtrain (sometimes overtraining can be worse than undertraining and cause weight gain)–take one day off completely from workouts per week. Cut out soy based foods like edimame, and keep fruit intake to no more than 1-2 servings daily max since fructose may slow down metabolism and hinder fat loss.