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1/29/13: Why is eating enough so hard?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

"Quit complaining!" - most of you, probably, even it's a small voice inside your head you aren't paying attention to.

But seriously, I am struggling to eat enough. I am finding myself completely ravenous and nothing will satisfy it, and I know just by looking at my calorie intake that I'm still eating for weight loss.

I've decided that while I am definitely not OK with eating a surplus to 'gain muscle,' I need to be eating at maintenance, which I am going to TRY 1800/day and see how that works, but that might be too little...

Coming up from "I feel so full on 1200/day" to 1800... it is hard. I am intolerant to a lot of different lipids and so I naturally avoid them, and do you know just how much 1800 is when you can't eat a lot of fats? I'm all fine if I lose a bit more weight but I do NOT want to lose my strength.

I've been looking into strength training just for strength and not for muscle build. Apparently 5x5 sets work? I was looking at some stuff about sarcoplasmic vs myofibrillar hypertrophy (muscle building)- apparently some stuff you can do increases the size of the muscle but not the density (sarcoplasmic) and other stuff increases the density of the muscle, so strength goes up by the muscle remains the same size (myofibrillar). That sounds exactly like what I want! So I'm totally going to start doing that 5x5 thing :)
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    1848 days ago
    Good luck! I do know how hard it is for me to eat enough to lose well (I'm still in lose mode not maintenance). I tend to get so active, yet I don't increase my calories when that happens (it happens lots of days) and my weight loss dramatically slows or stalls. As soon as I start eating more, the pounds start to come off. I hope you find the balance that works for you.
    1848 days ago
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