1. Dave - Not Your Average Fitness Tips
    August 5, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    I had actually never heard about the study showing that swimming workouts resulted in weight gain. Definitely sounds crazy to me and obviously had to be due to increased calories as you mentioned. I wish I was able to swim more but I don’t really have access to a pool on a regular basis. Great cardiovascular exercise though.


  2. Shannon
    August 9, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    I’ve experienced weight gain from swimming. I lost 40+ lbs last year through diet and exercise. This year I bought a new home with a swimming pool.. so I was thinking it would be a great way to work out and help drop those last 20lbs I want to lose. I started my diet again and 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 give me a good workout. I’ve always been a decent swimmer. I’ve actually gained 6-7 lbs since I started swimming and dieting again. My diet plan: 1400-1600 cals per day, lots of protein, fruit and veggies. I know how to diet.. and I do not eat more calories than I think I’m eating. I’m guessing some of this added weight is from muscle gain.. my biceps have definitely gotten bigger! But I haven’t lost any inches and my clothes aren’t fitting any better.. so I’m concerned. I was told by a swimmer that my body is likely holding fat due exposure to cool water (I keep my pool at about 88 degrees.. it’s not really cold at all!) and I’m just gaining muscle. I’m not sure what to do.. but at this point I’m ready to go back to land exercises and use the pool for relaxation here and there only. :/


    • Andrea Simpkins
      June 14, 2016 @ 12:19 pm

      Could be muscle gain. Women tend to gain muscul under our fat . The exercises in the pool could have caused muscle gain.


  3. Andrea Simpkins
    June 14, 2016 @ 12:17 pm

    The weight your gaining could be you gaining muscle in your core and legs. Or where ever.


  4. Bob Summers
    July 13, 2016 @ 9:40 pm

    I really like your article on weight loss and swimming. I am a triathlete training hard right now in swimming day 90 out of a 138 day workout schedule. I still gain some weight. I am a 70 year old really fit person for years. Will my 30-60 minutes a day cause me to gain weight through muscle gain in a upper body workout? I feel really fit.


  5. Roy Barton
    February 2, 2017 @ 4:44 am

    Swimming laps consistently is the BEST way to lose weight for me. I will get trim in a month and burn the extra 10 pounds off I put on over the winter. One obvious proof: look at the swimmer’s body in a pro competition – all ripped. Swimming has so many benefits to health it’s silly not to swim. Also, how many regular surfers do you know that are overweight? Most here in SoCal are the fittest people on the planet. I swim hard for 40-50 minutes early in the morning 3x a week and this keeps my weight and BMI in the exceptional range.


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