Weight loss vs. water retention
Hi all, I am 36 yrs old and am 6'1" 265lbs. I have always been heavy but active in the sense that I stay busy with walks, riding my bike, golf, playing with the kids, etc. I have recently (~ 1 month ago) started getting into a serious lifting regimine where I lift 4 days a week and do HIIT training 2 days a week and do low impact cardio (~ 1 hour walks) 3 to 4 times a week. I also started taking CEE post workout and am wondering what else might be of benefit to aid in the weight loss area while adding muscle. Here's what a normal day looks like:
7:00 a.m. 3/4 C oatmeal, handful of nuts and 1 scoop protein
9:30 a.m. 1.5 scoops protein powder
12:30 p.m. lean protein (chicken breast) and sometimes a veg
3:00 p.m. workout
3:45 p.m. CEE and post workout protein
6:30 p.m. lean protein, veg and alot of H20
9:00 p.m. 1 scoop of protein powder
As far as the weights I'm doing something like this:
I have read posts telling about the water retention effects of the creatine and am wondering if that might be offsetting any fat loss that might be occurring and what people with more experience would recommend to acheiving this goal. I feel that over time I will start to see real results but want to make sure I'm not wasting time while I could be doing something else to improve them.
I guess I forgot to say that I have not lost any weight since starting this program and am wondering if the water retention from the creatine, along with building muscle, might be countering the weight loss. At 265 lbs I figure, even with the two, I should probably still see some results. I'm also taking 1300 mg of Tribulus a day (I know....it's crap but I already purchased it so I figured I'd just take it until it runs out and then just stick to the creatine).
I would worry less about total weight and judge the results more from how you feel and look like in the mirror. Weight training combined with good supplementation can (especially at first) keep your weight about the same as you are building muscle and losing fat. I don't think you have anything to worry about, but I am interested to know more about your routine (sets, reps, etc). Good luck on getting you goals. :weights:
Thorco, you look like your on the right track man. I wouldnt worry too much about what the scale says. At most you should be shedding 2lbs a week, anything more then that and your not just losing fat, your losing muscle/glycogen/water. It is also very common to put on quite a bit of muscle when you first start training, so what your likely seeing is a body recomposition.
yes there are things that can be tweeked in your routine, like your pre and post workout nutrition, and the extensive use of protien powders, but i wouldnt worry too much about those things unless your not seeing changes in the mirror.
water varies according to age
My friend as long as I know that about 50-70 percent of the human body is composed of water. The exact amount of bodily water varies according to age and the proportion of muscle-to-fat (muscle contains more water than fat.) Although water contains no calories and may have no nutrients, it is essential for life. We can survive for weeks without food, but only a matter of days without water.
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