Our expert says:
It could be. You may find that you have put on muscle mass while reducing fat mass, which would be a good thing. It happens quite often during training. I think that given your weight, I agree with the trainer, that losing weight will actually be difficult to do - your BMI is already 22, and there may not be that much to lose. So perhaps the goal should be to get fitter and not necessarily the scale. I think that's one thing.
The weight loss will take care of itself. So I know you will want to lose that weight, and you will, over time, but I can assure you that if you can improve muscle tone and lose cm's, then you will definitely notice the difference, and that's as good as the scale showing a few kilograms less.
That said, I do think that you don't need to be lifting quite as heavy as you are - you should be able to do 12 reps, not just 8, so I think that you might reduce those weight slightly. You can discuss this with the trainer - there is not much benefit to be gained from lifting very heavy like that, even for toning and losing cm.
Just quickly, in terms of diet, just be careful that you are not eating too LITTLE. People often think that if they can just eat less, they lose weight. This sometimes backfires, because your body is too smart for this, and it simply slows down your metabolic rate. So just be careful with the portion sizes - you must eat enough to lose weight, and if you are really concerned about it, consider seeing a dietician to make sure.
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