Weight Loss Dilemma, lost inches, not pounds

@suspenseful (40326)
Canada
August 28, 2007 4:08pm CST
My scale does not cooperate with my inch loss. I went from fifty inches around the hips to forty-eight inches, from forty-two to thirty-nine inches. I went from 217 lbs to 209 and now are up to 213 lbs. but even though my inches have decreased, my pounds have increased, and yet my friends say that I am looking slimmer. What is going on with me? Do you think I should chuck out my bathroom scale? It sure is not cooperating.
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@Asylum (48357)
• Manchester, England
28 Aug 07
Size and weight are not as related as you may think. As you excercise more you reduce the fat levl stored under the skin by converting part of it into energy and part into muscle. Muscle is much more compact than fat and weighs more for the same volume, so your weight increases accordingly. This is beneficial and if you are losing inches then I would not be concerned about extra weight.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
29 Aug 07
That's nice to know. I was a bit worried there, but I still do not feel slim, yet.
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• United States
29 Aug 07
The first month and a half of my working this new job only brought loss of inches. I noticed my clothing fittig differently. It wasn't until a month ago that I notice the lbs starting to come off. It is a slow process. I am in no hurry. My muscles are much more toned now. The more muscle you have the more fat you can burn.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
29 Aug 07
That's reassuring. So I do not have to worry about it.
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• United States
6 Nov 07
Just keep eating sensibly and exercising. Sometimes you have to change your diet a bit to get it to jump into overdrive. Try eating different foods than you are eating now.
@babybug2 (29)
• United States
28 Aug 07
Please, please, please note to yourself that muscle weighs more than fat!!!!! This is why your scale "is not cooperating." Don't give up the good work!
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
29 Aug 07
Okay I'll keep trying.
• Australia
6 Nov 07
My dear, what is happening to you is good. Your body is converting fat into muscle. As muscle is heavier than fat, it will mean you put on weight, but if you keep going as you have been , then in time, the weight will go down. you could also try reading the scales the other end. don't mind me, I've woken up on the wrong side of the bed...again! The funny side!