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07 Feb 2006

Gaining weight from exercise
I am a woman (25 years) and on the fit scale below or maybe halve way . I mainly do exercises to feel better, stress reduced and more energised. I have notice that my upper legs and shoulders became larger and my weight also increased with 10 kg. All exersice I do is cycling, rowing and running in the gym for about 10 minutes each 2 to 3 times a week.

Is this due to muscle building? What exercises can I do to have a toned body and yet not building muscle?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi there

An increase in weight is quite normal from training, and it does usually occur because of an increase in muscle mass. However, i have not yet heard of 10 kg from training alone. While it's not impossible, my suspicion is that some of the problem may related to your diet. Often, people increase their energy intake when they start exercise, and that can cancel out or even add weight, rather than causing it to go down. So my first advice is to check your diet. You are doing nothing wrong training wise, it's the right type of exercise. The only change you might make is to increase your number of days a week of training - 4 is a good bet, and so you can add to what you are doing now. But don't worry that you will gain more muscle, eventually, it will stop, and I suspect that it's not a big factor in this case. I think the answer lies with diet, so try to check that out.

Good luck
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