Hey everyone.. I'm having a bit of a weight gain problem and I'm wondering if anyone could offer any insight.
Last year I lost 40+ lbs through diet and exercise. I'm looking to lose another 20lbs this year to get down to my ideal body weight (I'm a 5'11 tall female and I now weigh 187lbs). This year I bought a new home with a nice swimming pool, and I thought this would be a good way to get exercise and help me lose these last 20 or so lbs.
I started my diet again (1400-1600 calories per day, lots of proteins, veggies and fruits). I always eat well.. whole foods, no fast foods, easy on the sweets, etc.. my problem before was I would just eat too much of the good stuff.
I began swimming every other day for about an hour to an hour and a half. I do laps and swim under water as well, and I swim vigorously enough to bring up my heart rate and get a good workout. But here's the problem.. in the last 2 months, I've GAINED about 7 lbs. Now I'm sure some of this weight is from muscle gain.. my biceps and my leg muscles are getting much bigger/firmer! But I haven't lost any inches.. my clothes aren't fitting any better (my jeans are actually tighter).. and I'm starting to think swimming is not doing much of anything besides giving me bigger muscles.
I do not eat more than I think I'm eating, and I know how to diet to lose weight. I've been walking 2 miles every other day in addition to swimming every other day, and I stay active as much as possible.
A friend of mine used to be a swimmer in highschool.. she says my body might be holding fat due to exposure to cool water (though I keep my pool at 88 degrees.. it's not very cold at all!), and just gaining muscle. I can tell I haven't lost any fat at all.. and I'm getting discouraged.
I love to swim and I feel like it's a great workout.. but when the scale goes up and not down and my pants are getting tighter.. well I really want to give up on the swimming and go back to the elliptical trainer and workout videos I used before to drop the pounds.
What should I do??? Is swimming really preventing any weight/fat loss?