A lil’ background on me.
Back in 2003, when I started college I noticed I gained some weight. I weighed myself, measured my waist and got my bodyfat tested with one of those electric body fat analyziers.
I would measure my waist first thing in the morning so that what I ate wouldn’t affect it one way or another. And I used my weight and my waist to track my weight loss.
Over the course of about 4 months I lost about 42 pounds. I noticed while I was losing weight that each 5 pounds was about 1" on my waist. I noticed this throughout the whole weight loss period, by the time I had lost 42 pounds (I stabalized at that weight) I had lost about 8.5" on my waist, which is in line with what I was experiencing. I had my bodyfat professionally measured at this weight, and they found that my lbm was the same as it was when I started so all the weight I lost was fat.
I eventually lost a little more weight (12-15 pounds, 2.5" on my waist) a year and a half later, but around that time I started reading up on the sociology of the obesity wars and decided I didn’t want to do that anymore (back then I was losing weight for appearances, not for health). So I gained the weight back since I had no incentive to try to keep it off.
Fast forward to now. I haven’t really been following my weight or waist size these last 6 years or so. But I have weighed myself and I was pretty much always a little above what I was in 2003.
But recently I was at a chiropractors and got weighed with a bodyfat analyzer. My weight is now 28 pounds higher than it was in 2003, and according to the bodyfat analyzer my lean body mass is 20 pounds higher.
I did the calculations, and from 2003 to the present I have gained 8 pounds of fat and 20 pounds of lbm, if the measurements in 2003 and the current ones are correct.
The problem with that is, my waist is no bigger than it was in 2003 (I remember what my waist was when I started trying to lose weight). And I’m not stronger. So where is the extra weight being stored, and what is it being stored as?
If I had gained 5-6" on my waist, and the bodyfat test showed I had gained 28 pounds of fat, I could live with that. And if the test is right and I gained 8 lbs of fat, maybe it is distributed in different parts than my waist. But if I gained subcutaneous or visceral fat, it should be around the waist but my waist is the same size as it was in 2003.
And since I’m not stronger, I don’t get where the higher LBM number is coming from.
Is it possible I’m just holding a lot of water right now? I’m kindof worried something weird is happening inside my body to make me gain weight w/o it being muscle or fat.