Lost weight but gained body FAT! HELP!

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This is my situation: I'm a 165cm 59.7kg female (BMI 21.6) who is currently in the process of losing weight/fat. I was 65kg around 3 months ago and I have been eating clean and going to the gym almost every day. I mostly do cardio - treadmill, crosstrainer, bike, but I tried to preserve muscle mass so I did intense cardio in short bursts rather than for a long time.

I measured my body fat percentage using my gym's specialised body composition machine and when I was 63kg, I had 31% body fat and 38% muscle. (Not sure what % I was at my highest weight but probably higher) However after losing 3-5kg in about 2 months, I found today that by body fat percentage INCREASED to 32%, and down to 37% muscle! I'm not too bothered about what the numbers are, but just the fact that it increased when I lost weight and should be losing fat worried me a lot, about my health and the aesthetic side of things. I think I look and feel slimmer after losing weight, and my clothes are looser, but my body fat % is almost in the obese category!

I'm happy with my weight now but I would prefer to be slimmer because personal aesthetic preference and also I gained a lot of weight in the past 2 years (I was very skinny 2 years ago). I prefer to be the athletic body type with lots of lean muscle because I enjoy track sports like sprinting but I think my genetics predisposes me to the skinny fat body type. My plan now is to do more bodyweight exercises and add more protein to my diet in order to maintain the weight I've lost and reshape my body to have less fat and more muscle, but I feel like I already made an effort to do this so I'm very concerned.

My goal weight is 56/57kg. I'm not bothered about losing more weight until I sort these numbers out though. Please give me any tips and advice to help get the body fat down!!!
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Believe it or not, certain types of endurance training can increase your bodyfat in order to supply you with more energy, your body thinks "oh I've started running on a regular basis, better hang on to some glycogen" This doesn't affect everyone the same way, or at all. But the only way to lose bodyfat that works for your body is to experiment... some people benefit from HIIT training, others from long long walks on the treadmill (5 Miles+) and some people can only lose fat from heavy compound weight training, try changing it up every 2 weeks and see which gives you the best results.
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That isn't a really big fluctuation. A 1% difference is probably within the measurement error. If you've lost that much weight you've definitely lost a fair amount of fat. You've done really well so far. Although if you really want to preserve your muscle you should do at least a bit of resistance training. No need to base your whole training around it bit just to give your body the signal it needs to keep muscle. Sure, high intensity cardio is more muscle sparing than long periods or slow cardio but you might still lose a bit of muscle this way.
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(Original post by Fairly7Local)
This is my situation: I'm a 165cm 59.7kg female (BMI 21.6) who is currently in the process of losing weight/fat. I was 65kg around 3 months ago and I have been eating clean and going to the gym almost every day. I mostly do cardio - treadmill, crosstrainer, bike, but I tried to preserve muscle mass so I did intense cardio in short bursts rather than for a long time.

I measured my body fat percentage using my gym's specialised body composition machine and when I was 63kg, I had 31% body fat and 38% muscle. (Not sure what % I was at my highest weight but probably higher) However after losing 3-5kg in about 2 months, I found today that by body fat percentage INCREASED to 32%, and down to 37% muscle! I'm not too bothered about what the numbers are, but just the fact that it increased when I lost weight and should be losing fat worried me a lot, about my health and the aesthetic side of things. I think I look and feel slimmer after losing weight, and my clothes are looser, but my body fat % is almost in the obese category!

I'm happy with my weight now but I would prefer to be slimmer because personal aesthetic preference and also I gained a lot of weight in the past 2 years (I was very skinny 2 years ago). I prefer to be the athletic body type with lots of lean muscle because I enjoy track sports like sprinting but I think my genetics predisposes me to the skinny fat body type. My plan now is to do more bodyweight exercises and add more protein to my diet in order to maintain the weight I've lost and reshape my body to have less fat and more muscle, but I feel like I already made an effort to do this so I'm very concerned.

My goal weight is 56/57kg. I'm not bothered about losing more weight until I sort these numbers out though. Please give me any tips and advice to help get the body fat down!!!
Well, what is your sugar intake daily ? What do you usually eat and drink ? Do you have a habit to read labels and check what the ingredients are and what they do ?
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You lost fat, the scale is wrong and inaccurate like any other body fat scale.
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Honestly the machine is wrong. I’m a guy who goes gym and two weeks ago I measured 16.7% body fat then last week after several gym sessions I measured 18.6%. There’s no way I became 2% fatter in one week after continuing to go gym
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