6 ways to tell if you're gaining muscle & burning fat…

1. Look in a mirror

If you're looking better then you're gaining muscle and/or Burning fat.

2. You're getting stronger

If you're getting stronger as you workout then that means you're gaining muscle.

3. You look the same

If you gained weight but you look about the same or even better then you gained muscle & burned fat.

4. Smaller waist

If your waist is getting smaller then you're burning fat but if you also gained weight then you gained muscle and burned fat.

5. People tell you

If you have not lost any weight but people say you look thinner then it's obivous you replaced the fat weight you lost with muscle. (see #3)

6. Do the math

If you're body fat percentage is lower then you're burning fat and… If your Body Fat percentage is lower but you gained weight then you gained muscle and burned fat so…

Focus on how you look & not what the scale says becasue…

Use this to help you gain muscle & burn fat…

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I'm sort of perplexed about my weight gain and hope someone might be able to figure it out.

Recently when I went to the doctor, they weighed me at 248, which shocked me. I haven't been weighing regularly, but I certainly didn't feel like I'd gained that much weight.

I've noticed a slight increase in my stomach and waist, but the last time I was at this weight, my clothes were much tighter. I have a particular t-shirt that I can't even fit over my chest when I've gained a lot of weight, and I was able to put it on, though my stomach bulged through it. And I have other smaller shirts I use to test my body with, and I could fit them okay over me.

My diet has changed in the past 3 weeks to a month after being diagnosed with acid reflux. I use prilosec every day before breakfast.

For breakfast, I have 2 waffles and ginger tea.

For lunch, salad with chicken and balsamic dressing, along with cantaloupe and sourdough bread.

For snacks, I have pretzels. Usually two to three times a day. Sometimes I have a soda or two, depending on how sleepy I feel that day.

For dinner, I generally have rice with chicken, a baked potato, salad with balsamic dressing, a cup of ginger tea and a cup of chamomile tea, cantaloupe, and sometimes a nutribullet juice with two to three fruits and celery and carrots. I generally use banana, apple, and pear as my fruits.

I don't regularly exercise during the week, but my activity tracker shows that I'm active 30 minutes or more for most days. I rack up a lot of activity grocery shopping because I'm going back and forth all the time, and it generally takes me an hour to shop.

On the weekends, I do a lot of walking. Sometimes walk to the park and back, which is about 2 miles away. But I haven't got into a good routine yet.

So, does anyone know why I've gained almost 20 lbs in the past few months and see very little impact on the way my clothes fit?

May 18, 2017

Adrian Bryant

quite simply you're gaining muscle and losing fat. the muscle takes up less space and the reason you still have belly fat is because belly fat is the last to go

May 19, 2017


Maybe try eating your largest meal at noon rather than evening? This is hard but nix the sodas for black coffee. This is harder: Drink at least 2 quarts water per day. Harder still: no more candy cookies and milkshakes/ice cream for 30 days then once a week take a splurge day. It works. I hate raw veggies (sorry Jack Lalanne) but i have apple or banana mid morning and mid afternoon. Ignore the scales for 6 months and trust how your clothes fit. When you start wearing 2 inch smaller jeans and large vs xl shirts you'll be looking a lot different than you did. Took me a year of 3x per week exercise (i knew i could stick with an easier routine). You hang in there and dont think about how long youve been at it. Its a lifestyle change which means you can never quit. 🙂

August 23, 2017


Hi Adrian,

I am 30 year old female 5feet and 59kg weight. I had c-sec and have 1.5 year old child. I am trying to loose weight after her birth. I do 30 minutes running in the morning and 30 min of cycling with 30 min of excercise in the evening. Excercise includes squat, lunges, plank, and yoga. I am still struggling with my weight. Please adivise.
P.S I don't have Thyoride or any other problem.


June 21, 2016

Adrian Bryant

what is your calorie intake? see this

June 21, 2016



I am 52. 5'1" and about 121lb.

My BMR is 1220 to 1300 depending on the calculator used.

My workout consists of rowing 5-6x/week for about 30mn (sometimes broken down sometimes not) & the monitor says average 250kcal burned.

I'm a bit unsure how to continue my weight loss because of the min 1200 kcal I read is recommended to stay healthly and I want to boost my metabolism.

Any ideas?


May 27, 2016

Adrian Bryant

what is your goal weight

May 29, 2016


Dear Adrian
How long should I be working out in the gym?

I used to work out for almost 2 hours ( warm up & weights )
Now I am trying to reduce the time

I am now only doing 3 workouts ( each 4 sets of 12 reps ). Is that enough? What is the ideal time or number of workouts for leg day ?

Thank you very much for your valuable information. Your blog is a true treasure to me.


April 28, 2016

Adrian Bryant

you mean the number of exericses you do for legs on leg day? You could just do squats to hit all the leg muscles for 4 sets of 12 reps 1-2 times per week

April 28, 2016


Hi, i am 28 M, height 5'8" weight 64 kg, though it is ideal, I want to gain weight. As I looks thin.. My friends teasing me as I look like a school going student.. I want to bulk up myself.. Suggest how I can achieve my target. Provide some diet chat and exercise routine.. Thanks in advance..

April 20, 2016

Adrian Bryant

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April 21, 2016


Hi! I'm 5'1, and somewhere between 112-115 pounds. I was 160 and have lost down to 110 in the last year. I've gained a little back, but I've also been eating more and trying to gain muscle. I want to lose weight in my stomach, (because I still have a lot of fat there,) but it seems as if it's just staying the same/getting worse in that area. I notice muscle gains in my arms and somewhat in my legs, especially my calves, but the lower stomach is pathetic, and a pudge of fat. I was eating around 1100 calories a day, and then faced the reality that I couldn't gain muscle like that. So I amped it up to 1300-1400, and sometimes 1500. It's really bothering me.

April 15, 2016

Adrian Bryant

muscle or gaining curves is not due to calories but mainly from resistance training + getting enough protein in your diet which is about 30% of your diet

April 16, 2016


Hello Adrian
I am 6'1 411 lbs. When i started working out again i was at 403. I workout 5 times a week. I do 30 minutes of cardio every day. Im eating 5 smaller meals. Limiting sugars and sodas. However it still seems like im gaining weight. Im so confused .im consuming hyrdoxcut hardcore like it says. Ppl tell me i look like im losing weight, i cant tell it , my waistline is down by like an inch or two. Im getting stronger what am i doing wrong. Not to mention im not eating any carbs please advise

December 28, 2015

Adrian Bryant

what is your calorie intake but it seems to me like you're losing fat if wasitline is getting smaller and getting stronger

December 29, 2015


Dear Adrian,

I'm 5.7 and weight about 125 pounds . It was very hard for me to get where I'm at because I have a fast metabolism so I started eating every two hours 6 meals per day. My question is , how do I build more muscle and also build toned abs? I have long legs and short torso. Also, I need to get rid of the cellulite .



October 26, 2015

Adrian Bryant

get toned abs

October 26, 2015


Hi Adrian!
I'm 5"6' and weight in at 165 lbs. My goal is to lose 30 lbs by the end of the year. I have been doing Insanity, TCX, weights and Vinyasa Yoga classes (5-6 days a week) at Lifetime Fitness for over 2 months now and I see absolutely no change on the scale. I look the same, my clothes fit the same, and my measurements are the same. I feel a bit stronger than I did when I started, but nothing else is changing.
I turned my diet around and started eating a lot healthier, following a 1200 calories/day. I started this the same time that I started working out.
Why isn't anything changing?

May 16, 2015


Hey Adrian

I've started a weight loss goal to go down from 175 and then I've hit 125, but over the course of a month on weight maintenance I've gained fifteen pounds while doing cardio/strength training and counting calories, I've seen some changes on the scale back and forth and honestly can't tell what my real weight is, though I'm pretty active, I work out 3-4 times a week for about three to four hours, and I also count calories and usually leave 100 away from 0 in order to get a better reading, but I've also seen some changes in overall appearance with clothes fitting tighter than when I was at 125 (Now about 138-140) but it's usually around pants, shirts fit the exact same. My question is, am I gaininy more fat, muscle, or water weight? I've ben eating carbs by around 300-500 though I usually end up burning most of it for energy.

March 31, 2015

Adrian Bryant

if your clothes are fitting better than that is a sure sign of muscle gain and fat loss

April 01, 2015


Hi Adrian,

I am 5'9 and weighed 130 pounds. However; I recently gained 15 pounds but, I have not been able to fit into some of my clothes because they are to big. Why is this? Also I'm very active and love to workout. Is there any thing you recommend to keep my stomach toned?

December 03, 2014


Hey Adrian hows it going, I am 18 and 6'3 240 pounds and I recently lost 40 pounds in the last 2 months. I am looking to tone myself my arms and chest and back shoulders legs all that are pretty good but I can't seem to make any more progress with my stomach any suggestions what can I do?

November 06, 2014

Adrian Bryant

use these tips to keep losing fat

November 06, 2014


Hi adrian, i weigh 102 lbs,i have been jogging every morning since 2 weeks for around 30 mins. I have alot of fat flab on my thighs that i want to get rid of! Is it possible to tone and get rid of my leg flab with 30 mins of light daily jogging?
I have weighed myself and ihave gained weight , i thought i woulshave lost some?!whenever i come back from jogging i realise my legs look kinda bigger for some reason?? Is that normal? Approximately How long will it take me to have slim sexy legs with jogging? Thanx

October 08, 2014

Adrian bryant

depending on how tall you are how much fat do you rerally have left to lose?

October 09, 2014


Hi Adrian, I am an Indian girl and i used to weigh 95kgs and I lost 13kgs by following a very strict diet n mostly starving myself and never worked out except for 15 to 20 mins of walking. I am 5 ft 3 and I am 26 years old.Now i have gained back and i weigh 89kgs and it is so disappointing. Please advise on what needs to be done to reduce and feel good and confident and walk into any room without feeling self conscious ..I am so tired of being Fat and people giving advices when they have no clue on what they are saying..I have irregular periods and I want to have a baby :(

May 02, 2014


I like to help you. Now i am losing 6kg of weight after 2 months. I try crash diet first like you do and it didn't work out to well for me. The first few weeks i try to eat less than 1000 calorie a day and almost starve to death i feel like i'm gonna pass out from hunger with that diet but it works. I loss 1kg per week. Then, i try to eat like i'm usually do and gain weight faster than before. Then i know that crash diet is bad. What i do now is i try to eat like usual but in a little less portion than what i always do. For example if usual i eat 2 bowl of ricw for.lunch, i will eat only a bowl. Then everyday i will do a 30 minutes of exercise such as jogging. I do that for a month and what i discover is i feel more healthier and i also start to lose weight too. What important is i am happy that i didn't have to restrict my diet so much but i am losing the weight at the same time. Usually after work i will feel very tired and what i always do is i just liw down and sleep like 2-3 hours straight. After turning to exercise, i find that i didn't feel tired easily anymore. Now i like the strength and the stamina that came with it. The most important is not to give up. You must continue. If one method not working up for you choose another. Keep trying until you success. There no easy way for thia. Believe me. As for now i haven't try using any pills for weight loss and i believe that is the best. I wish you success. Remember, no one can help you but yourselves. Do not give up!

July 01, 2014


Consume 1 banana in the morning for breakfast.. Avoid whole grain foods.. Consume idly and chilly powder in the afternoon.. Add tomatoes for evening snacks.. Consume orange juice.. Have uppuma for dinner with less oil.. Eat carrots when you feel hunger anytime.. You ll lose 10 kg in 2 months .. During this time avoid meat, junk food, milk products.. These have varied protein, fat, carbs ratio..

April 20, 2016

Thomas M

Watched your 10/10 intervals video this morning then tried it out at the gym. Wow did that kick my butt! Most of last year I'd been doing intervals following the 1 min/4 min formula, but after a while, I stopped getting any fat-loss results. Plus, what I was reading made it sound like I had to keep on the treadmill for another 20 minutes of cardio to get the afterburn results. That didn't seem to work out, by the way.

Anyway, for the new year, I've been changing my diet around some and trying to get to the gym more. I've been doing real well building muscle, but my belly fat ain't been going anywhere for quite some time. Looking forward to doing more 10/10s over the coming weeks.

February 01, 2014

Ellie Martin


I have a question regarding the butt workouts. On the pre-made schedules that you have designed you list on the daily schedule that on Monday you complete a butt workout. What should the duration of that workout be? Should I do it for 20-40 min or just go by the 4 minute workout video on Youtube?

January 28, 2014

Adrian Bryant

go by the premade workouts for a much bigger butt and the workout may last anywhere from 30-to-90min. depending on how much rest you take between sets, talk to friends etc.

January 29, 2014


I used to weigh 105 in January now I'm 135 and I've gotten a lot stronger..I've also gained 4 inches though so oh much muscle do you think I could have gained in that time
By the way im 14

December 17, 2013

Adrian Bryant

it depends some say a newbie can gain 20-to-40 pounds in thier first year

December 17, 2013

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