I find that weight lifting makes me ravenous, cardio not quite as much. I've been lifting (focusing on powerlifting) 4 days a week. I think I've just realized the same thing as you... it's too much! Not only am I suddenly experiencing symptoms of overtraining the last few weeks (I've been getting way more sore doing the same thing and it's taking me longer to recovery) but my appetite has been out of control. Particularly 24 hours after my lower body day which is a rather intense routine. It tends to out do most of the deficit I created earlier in the week because I'll wind up having to eat an extra meal the next 2 days of recovery.
I'm cutting back to 3 days/week, next week and considering cutting back on some of the cardio as well. I workout 6 days a week and I'm thinking of cutting back to 5. See if it helps.
I do agree that you probably lost fluid weight. The more you exercise, the more fluid your muscle retain (glycogen stores). Cutting back on frequency or intensity reduces the amount of fluid retained. If it's helping to keep your appetite under control then stay with it. You have to find your sweet spot and work smarter, not harder! :)
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 10/25/2013 (11:24)
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