In this article I talk about why if you add natural bodybuilding workouts to your weight loss program sometimes you stop losing weight.
This week I answered the following natural bodybuilding question from someone who is using bodybuilding training to lose weight:
Every week, I do cardio 4 times a week and I was losing about 2lbs per week. Now I added bodybuilding workouts on my weight loss exercise routine 2 times a week for 2 weeks and I haven’t lost a pound ever since. Could this be because I lose fat weight but at the same time I gained muscle weight?
Natural Bodybuilding Answer:
In many clients that I have trained, I have noticed that when they add bodybuilding workouts for the first time, the weight loss stops as muscle is being gained at a very fast rate. When muscle is gained at the same rate than fat loss is happening, then the scale will show no change. It is possible that by adding weight training you have gained 1.5-2 lbs of lean body mass to your frame and thus, assuming that you lost the same in fat, that is why your weight loss has stopped. If you see that your clothes feel tighter on the rest of the body but looser at the waist line then you know that this is the case.
However, if you see that the waist line is still the same then that tells me that your weight loss has stopped and it may be due to the fact that the extra calories being burned by the weight training may be putting you in a catabolic state where your body’s metabolism is not been fed enough calories to support all of the activity. If this is the case, you will typically feel very tired all the time. In such as case, make sure you are eating every 3 hours and that you are taking in at least 1 gram of protein and 1 gram of carbs per pound of lean body weight. Also make sure to get around 30 grams of good fats from either flax seed oil or fish oils.
Keep up the great work, take care and train hard!