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Lifting weight makes me to overeat?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I lost weight before by not eating properly. But I gained it back and more. This time around, I want to lost fat by eating well and lifting weights. I am reading more about fitness and learned that I need to build muscle because as you get older you lose muscle mass and that means you cannot eat as much :-)
So, I try to do ST three times a week and every time I lift weights I get sore(that's good, I'm lifting heavy) and I want to eat all day LONG. I didn't notice it before but as I don't see any progress as far as losing weight, I am looking back why I am eating so much. I am trying to cut food intake so that I can lose weight and if ST is causing me to eat outrageously, what should I do? As much as I want to build muscle, I think I should limit to just one day of ST. Now on I will be concentrating more on cardio and my diet. I don't want to be a cardio bunny(hate that term) but I will try and see.
What do you think?
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RUDEGAL311 9/22/2012 8:59PM

    Working out totally makes me hungry too. I try to eat healthier foods so that if I do overeat at least it's not junk. Good luck.

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GOING4MUSCLE 9/20/2012 7:12PM

    Don't run scared of the lifting. It's normal to be hungrier, as your body is demanding fuel to do all its repairs and building. I'm always my hungriest, right after, and the next day, when I do my routine. And I lift 3 days a week.

And don't use the scale as your guide. Pitch that sucker, as your muscles are retaining fluid (it's normal) as they repair. This process takes about 4-6 weeks, then the fluid will let go and the scale will then (and only then) begin to move on downward.

Get yourself a cloth measuring tape and, weekly, measure every area of your body. I lost close to 70 inches, top to bottom. And it did take me 6 full weeks to register a scale loss. Prior to that time, I GAINED 8 pounds of fluid in my muscles. So frustrating! I panicked, thinking I was eating too much..but after researching, I found out it was NORMAL.

Keep pumping! Keep eating!! It IS working!!! emoticon

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LOWFATFOODIE 9/19/2012 10:34PM

    I think you should research some more on what you should be eating with ST. You SHOULD be eating more of BETTER foods... making muscle requires fuel- without it your body just breaks the muscle down AND you don't lose fat.

Check out the diet portion for LiveFit or some other weight training programs.

LiveFit emphasizes eating lean and clean. AND we eat every 2-3 hours. These are smaller, but complete meals. No more stuffing in 12 oz steak plus baked potato plus bread (ugh!) at lunch and then waiting 5 or 6 hours just to do it all over again.

The longer you go on ST and the heavier you lift, the more your body will tell you what it needs. Fuel. You're hungry because your body needs it.

and FYI, sometimes when you just start out with ST, you flatline or even gain weight the first few weeks as your body builds that muscle. then the muscle helps you burn even more calories when you do cardio but you still have to keep ST to retain the muscle you've built.

Its an adjustment, but well worth it. You can be strong AND drop clothes sizes like crazy.

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SYZYGY922 9/19/2012 10:10PM

    Three times a day? Or three times a week?

I've been doing lots of cardio lately and it makes me HUNGRY. But, I've also been doing strength training three times a week, which is new for me. I guess I never thought that could be doing it, too. I've been eating a lot. My weight loss has slowed down, but I'm changing my body composition so I'm not too worried.

No matter what you end up doing, there should be a balance between cardio and lifting with a healthy diet. I do way more cardio than lifting, personally, and I think I need to do more.

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