Hiiii. You most likely didn’t gain weight while lifting unless you were overeating excessively. When you first start lifting you’re challenging your muscles which is making them:
- retain water (making you temporarily heavier) and
- need more energy/nutrients (making you hungrier than normal)
The water weight will go away in a few weeks. If you stick with it I promise with a clean diet you will slim down. What was your food intake like?
The only reason cravings are so strong is because you create tension in yourself by saying, “I want that but I can’t have it.” Not being able to have something only makes you want it more! Instead, see the donut (or whatever is tempting you) for what it really is. “It’s just a blob of flour, sugar and fat. Yes, it smells good, yes, it would probably taste good, and if I really want to eat it, I can. But do I really want to?” You’d be surprised how well this approach works – it knocks that smug donut right off its pedestal and minimizes the intensity of the craving.Is the enjoyment you would gain from eating one donut worth missing out on the accomplishment of reaching your weight loss goals? Granted, in the heat of the moment it might seem worth it. But if you take a mental step back from the craving and remember how badly you want to feel the joy of being slender and healthy – suddenly the benefits the donut offers seem shallow and fleeting in comparison.
Once you get into the habit of seeing temptation in a different light, suddenly it doesn’t seem so hard to overcome it and stay focused on what you REALLY want – that beautiful, healthy, strong body.