Losing size but not weight?

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I have been swimming for an hour 4-5 times a week for the past few months.

I noticed this morning that I have lost 6 inches on my waist (38-32 inches) and my tshirts are all too big (size L).

However, I haven't really lost that much weight. I went from 210lbs to 185lbs in the same time period. I don't understand how I can lose so much size but not that much weight.

My goal is 165lbs but if I'm already taking a size small tshirt maybe I need to re-evaluate my goal weight as I would be practically nothing size wise. :confused:
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More muscle mass on your shoulders and legs?
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But 25lbs is quite a lot.
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But 25lbs is quite a lot.
Exactly. Big up yourself.
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Body recomposition

You probably gained a bit of muscle and loss water/fat
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But 25lbs is quite a lot.
Not really. I was BMI obese so losing that first bit of weight is easier than now.
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I think you're probably underestimating how much weight you lost- 25L is a lot. Also swimming uses a lot of muscles so you possibly could have added a bit of muscle also.
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(Original post by Sabertooth)
I have been swimming for an hour 4-5 times a week for the past few months.

I noticed this morning that I have lost 6 inches on my waist (38-32 inches) and my tshirts are all too big (size L).

However, I haven't really lost that much weight. I went from 210lbs to 185lbs in the same time period. I don't understand how I can lose so much size but not that much weight.

My goal is 165lbs but if I'm already taking a size small tshirt maybe I need to re-evaluate my goal weight as I would be practically nothing size wise. :confused:
Losing 25 pounds in a few months sounds like a very healthy rate. As other people suggest, you're probably losing fat and gaining muscle, which is great. Keep on keeping on, IMO
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Losing 25 pounds in a few months sounds like a very healthy rate. As other people suggest, you're probably losing fat and gaining muscle, which is great. Keep on keeping on, IMO
I didn't think that swimming built much muscle in comparison to losing weight as it is cardio?
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It sounds like you have lost a very good amount of weight, well done.
Sustainable weight loss is always gradual process, the safest levels of weight loss are between between around 1-3lbs a week.
You can't spot target areas of weight loss through diet and exercise.
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It sounds like you have lost a very good amount of weight, well done.
Sustainable weight loss is always gradual process, the safest levels of weight loss are between between around 1-3lbs a week.
You can't spot target areas of weight loss through diet and exercise.
Ok, thanks. I guess I just didn't see it as that much weight because I still have nearly the same left to lose. Plus it gets harder to lose weight apparently as you get fitter.
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Ok, thanks. I guess I just didn't see it as that much weight because I still have nearly the same left to lose. Plus it gets harder to lose weight apparently as you get fitter.
As perhaps the greatest poet of our, or any generation said:
Whoa-oh. We're halfway there!
Whoa-OH! Livin' on a prayer!
Take my hand. We'll make it I swear!
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As perhaps the greatest poet of our, or any generation said:
Whoa-oh. We're halfway there!
Whoa-OH! Livin' on a prayer!
Take my hand. We'll make it I swear!
:laugh: Thanks!
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I didn't think that swimming built much muscle in comparison to losing weight as it is cardio?
It builds a fair bit afaik due to the resistance of the water, also it builds muscle groups that often get neglected otherwise so logically you'd see faster muscle gains there, so it could well make sense you are losing mass & body fat but not so much overall weight.
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If you lost that much in a couple months that’s acc pretty sick 😎😎 gj!
But as the others said swimming actually increases muscle mass too, look how wide swimmers shoulders get 👀

(Btw in case you hit a plateau of not losing weight, just reduce your calories by 50-75 cals or more, or instead just increase your swimming time my 10-15 mins 😎 - cause this is what helped me!)
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