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Ask the FBGs: A Case of I Don’t Have a Clue

Today is the first-ever installment of Ask the FBGs. This new feature allows readers like you to ask the FBGs for advice. Nothing is off limits, although we do prefer that it’s fitness related, so send your undying health questions to AsktheFBGs@fitbottomedgirls.com. You just might see them posted on the site in the future!

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Dear FBG,

I am 5’2″ tall and 133 pounds with a strong complexion. I am leading a very active life. (I combine Beachbody’s Insanity DVDs six days per week with marathon training runs four days per week, and I also take the bike to work and walk whenever I can.) I also try to eat as clean as possible (a mostly vegan diet full of vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains), limiting sugar and caffeine to once or twice per week.

I feel great and stronger every day, and my clothes fit better. However,
even if I’m pretty sure to have a big caloric deficit, I have lost just 2.8 pounds in the past 6 weeks. At the same time, I have lost 1.37 inches in my waist and hips during this time.

I am not obsessed with the scale, but I just wonder why it doesn’t move more quickly. Could it be that I’m mostly converting fat into muscle? Can I build that much muscle in so little time? Or is it that I’m retaining water because of the hard training routine? Should I try to eat less? Or maybe more?

Thanks a lot for your help!

A Case of I Don’t Have a Clue

Dear A Case of I Don’t Have a Clue,

Without knowing your full diet details, although it sounds like you’re eating really well, I think you need a day off! That’s A LOT of exercise. I’d make sure that you’re actually eating enough, and work at least one off day into your week. When you work out that much, plus marathon training, your body actually starts to hold on to carbs more effectively, and carbs carry more water, so you may just be bloated. (For more on this, read my experience with marathon-training weight-gain post  and what happened to my weight after the marathon.)

Additionally, how are your sleep and stress levels? If you’re not getting seven-plus hours of sleep that could be a factor, as could high levels of stress. Lastly—and it sounds like you’re doing this already—focus on how you feel and not that scale. If these changes don’t work or you’re still stuck, take a closer look at your diet and make sure your portions aren’t too big.

You’re obviously rocking it, girl, so schedule some rest and keep at it!

Keeping a lid on the junk in the trunk,

—Jenn

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