I understand that 1) everyone is different and 2) there may be some or no weight gain for beginners, but I was wondering if anyone could give me an estimate on how much newbie's should expect to gain. Here's a little background to get a better answer:
I started losing weight nearly 3 years ago and tried countless diets and carb restricting to keep my weight down, and while I succeeded I was never happy. I lost a total of 40lbs up until last August 2013 when I started the Paleo diet and started seriously calorie restricting, about 700-800 calories a day, and I did this up until January of this year. I lost an extra 15lbs on the Paleo diet and was scared to put any weight on. Needless to say, I worked hard to lose weight and I don't want to gain it all back only to have to wait it out to slowly lose it again. If I started seeing that I was gaining too much weight I would stop and go back to calorie restriction cause at least then I looked ok. Since starting RawTill4 I have gained 8lbs and im ok with that because even though I've put on an inch around my waist I have lost a half inch around my lower abdomen and my jeans are still nice and loose. (I think the inch around my waist is from this newfound eating huge meals so it will take a while to get used to the huge meals.) Anyways with that information, could someone tell me how much I could expect to gain and then (sometime in the future) what I could lose? I know the answer may not be concrete but an idea for me to look at would be nice. Your help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Extra Tip: I am 5'7, 18 years old, and weigh 128lbs (average but I would like to be leaner) I also work out at least twice a week at Zumba for an hour, and I do my best to throw in 20 minute kickbox workouts an extra 3 days, so I try to workout 4-5 days a week. Every other day im a couch potato :P
fun times isn't it? lol
Your weight is at the lower range of the recommended BMI (20) which is optimal, and the ratio of many pro tour de france riders. I would suggest simply start working with weights, and eating enough to maintenance. You must remember the weight you lost, wasn't necessarily all fat stores, you know. :P
You will not go over your weight range recommended for your height eating maintenance, if that's what you're wondering about.
That is very reassuring thank you so much. Maybe that is what I was worried about all this time, whether or not I would reach a BMI where I was considered overweight again. I sure don't want that again.
You'd basically have to be 160 pounds to reach the "overweight" line at a 25 BMI. :) You're good.
I've been that and much more. Hopefully I don't gain THAT much weight.
I'm in the same spot right now. I've gained a bunch of weight. The crazy part is I'm able to blast through my workouts and I'm in pretty good shape. I just don't look it at all.
I know the feeling!
Haha! its crazy but i'm the same! I don't look that i'm able to run far or do much but i rage through my workouts.....
Every person it seems that gained weight came off a low cal situation, so I'm no scientist but Harls has said that you will probably gain weight for a while.
You are really young so I wouldn't sweat timetables. Keep up your workouts, that is so important to looking and feeling good and keep eating fruits and veggies all the time, you are young and have a lot of young body things going for you. You shouldn't have any trouble achieving your ideal healthy weight over a few month period. Taking your body to the next level does require some exercise.
Try to limit couch potato days to once a week.