Exercise! - Help! Question about increased inches with diet and exercise???




nail-lady
05-07-2006, 08:23 AM
I don't know where to go with this post, but I am hoping someone can help me here!:?:
I have measured myself for the first time in a while and initially I was very pleased having lost 4.5 inches over all! But now I am questioning why some areas of my body are a little larger than they were with first measurements.

My fore arms are larger~left arm is .5 inch larger and right arm is .75 inch larger!
My Thighs are L~.75 inch larger, R~1.5 inch larger
Calves are L~.5 inch larger, R~.25 inch larger

So....that is an increase of 4.25 inches! So all of the inches I have lost over my body have accumulated in my arms and legs and I just do not understand why. Since my first measurements were taken, I have lost 5 lbs, so why the increase in inches?
Does anyone have any information that might help explain this???
Thanks!
Darcy


Meg
05-07-2006, 08:36 AM
Are you lifting weights? It could be some added muscle, which is a GOOD thing. :)

Or it simply could be measurement inconsistency. It's hard to measure the exact same spot each time on your arms and legs. I can measure three times in a row and get three different numbers. :dizzy:

It sounds like you're doing great! :bravo:

nail-lady
05-07-2006, 08:44 AM
Meg,
Thanks for such a quick reply!! I have been doing some weight training, so maybe it is a combination of that and not measuring the exact same spot. I hope that I do not gain inches each month, I think that might be a little discouraging. I want to be tighter and toned, not add inches.
Thanks again for the answers!
Darcy


Meg
05-07-2006, 08:52 AM
I'm sure you won't gain inches every month! Added muscle will help burn off the fat and you'll start to get smaller and tighter, with some nice definition. :D

As for the measuring, some people write down landmarks that they use, like a freckle or mole or 6 inches above the knee ... just something so they can measure in approximately the same place each time. ;)

nail-lady
05-07-2006, 12:07 PM
Meg,
Great tip, I will try that!
Thanks!
Darcy