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2/27/13 11:00 P

My first thought was what others have said about overtraining. Feeling sapped after a workout can be a sign of overtraining. But that being said, I have been known to doze off for a nap after a workout on my days off. I workout and stretch, and then usually plop onto the couch to relax for a bit - some days this turns into a snooze, sometimes not. I don't think it's a bad thing occasionally, but I don't think you should be staying in bed all day afterward. Sometimes when I do yoga I fall asleep in savasana (corpse pose) at the end because I'm so relaxed....I kind of feel like this is the same as a post-run doze. But I'm gonna agree with the other posters and say 80% diet 20% exercise, and that you shouldn't stay in bed all day on your day off, especially if you are forced to be sedentary at work - use your day off to be more active than you are usually allowed to be.

2/27/13 8:19 P

Well, this is not ALL of the time, EVERYDAY. It's just when I have days off: weekends. I suffer from depression, so that may have something to do with it. Also just the feeling of "I did my part, I worked out, now I can rest. I did my part today to help reach my goal." Like paying a fine or something. It's a part of my personality. I'm a very static being. Even when I'm wide awake, I like being still, just laying down and thinking or reading or sitting and drawing, or sleeping. I've never really liked movement. Even when I was thinner and in better shape. I like stillness. So when I jump back into bed it's kinda like "work's done! I get my treat!"

2/20/13 7:21 P

With a proper nutritional profile and a proper workout you should feel energized not enervated. It sounds to me as if one or both are your problem, lack of proper nutrition which is the correct ratio of macro nutrients, carbohydrates, proteins and good fats will sap your body. An incorrect level of exercise for your current level of fitness will also sap your body.

The answer to your question is yes, going back to bed is detrimental to both your fat loss and your fitness. You need to ascertain the reason you find it necessary to do so.

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2/20/13 5:06 P

If you are that tired you are over training. You need to do something less strenuous. The calorie expenditure is considering your activity level. If you are sleeping you are not burning calories.

2/20/13 4:39 P

I guess I'm wondering why you go back to bed after exercise. If you explained that before, I'm sorry to have missed it, but I think it might be important to help understand what's going on in your body.

Lying around does not stoke metabolism; in fact, your body might recalculate its energy needs if you consistently aren't active enough.

Are you going back to bed because you feel ill from your workout? Or too tired? Or are you sleep-deprived to the point that you need more time in bed?

2/18/13 5:15 P

I totally stay in all day. Lol Ok. Good to know. That's something I can try and improve upon. Thanks :)

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2/18/13 4:03 P


Is going back to bed after you exercise a bad thing ? If you stay in bed all day, yes, it could be hindering your weight loss. The human body needs to be active to be healthy. that doesn't mean you need to run a marathon, but you don't want to stay in bed all day either.

Are you in bed all day or do you go out and run errands after your nap ? If it's just a morning nap, I wouldn't worry. but if you're sleeping in all day, then yes, that could hinder your weight loss.

Also, the reason we ask what you eat is because when it comes to losing weight what you eat matters most. weight loss is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. However, as previously mentioned, even if you are eating right, being sedentary isn't healthy.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 2/18/2013 (16:09)
2/18/13 3:59 P

I want to know if that particular morning routine (where I dive right back into bed) is BAD. I was comparing that activity to me sitting all day (basically saying.they're probably the same), but I think that confused people. You may be wondering why I do this or are trying to analyze my food intake, but really? I just want to know if getting.back into bed after a workout is bad for me. I think I threw in too many things in the original post.

2/18/13 3:49 P

So I guess the answer is this COULD be a problem if I'm not eating well, but wouldn't be a problem if I was eating well? Am I guaging your responses correctly?

Edited by: TIGERRIOT at: 2/18/2013 (15:53)
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2/18/13 3:20 P

Please don't starve yourself! emoticon I know its frustrating, but severe caloric deficits will wreck havoc on your body. It would be better to just adjust your caloric intake if you are not very active and stick to foods in reasonable portions which are nutritious but with low caloric density. Think lots of green veggies and lean proteins. If you do this and still exercise, you should be ok.

2/18/13 3:01 P

You shouldn't have to starve yourself! But I think you're on the right track in that you need to cut back on calories. It's all about simple math: determine your BMR (basal metabolic rate), which is how many calories you burn a day at rest (i.e. sitting at a computer). To lose 1 pound per week, you have to be in a deficit of 3500 calories.

For example let's say someone has a BMR of 2000 cal. If they eat 2000 cal. per day they will maintain weight but not lose. If you cut 500 cal. per day (3500 over a week), you will lose an about 1 lb per week. Add exercise into the equation and you can lose even more. But you really need to take a look at your caloric intake and track everything you eat.

To address working out in the morning and going back to sleep: this is counter-intuitive. When you work out, you're raising your metabolism so you should take advantage of it. Why don't you sleep in on your off-days and do your workout whenever you wake up?

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2/18/13 2:16 P


Studies have shown that leading a sedentary lifestyle (sit at a desk all day) can be detrimental to a person's health. Is it detrimental to a person's weight loss ? Depends on what you've been eating. When it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what we eat. good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy.

In theory, a person could lose all the weight without exercise. But that doesn't mean a person shouldn't exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise go beyond burning X calories in Y time. Being more active can decrease our risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, depression, diabetes and even cancer. What a person does for exercise depends on what their fitness goals are. the needs of someone wanting to run a 26.2 mile marathon are very different from the needs of some who just wants to be a bit fitter.

Can being more active help a person lose weight ? Once again, it can help, but only IF that person is eating right. You don't have your food diary posted. So we don't know how much you've been eating or what you've been eating. Some times, eating too little can cause a person's weight loss to stall. Eating the wrong foods can also slow things down.

Why haven't you lost more than two pounds in five weeks ? Without more information, we can't tell you. If you started your quest for a healthy lifestyle five weeks ago, you may just need to give your body more time to change. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. there will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. It really could take 6-8 WEEKS of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.

So, could you tell us a bit more about yourself ? How tall are you ? How much are you trying to lose ? How many calories do you eat per day ? What's a typical day's meals for you i.e. what do you eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner ?

2/18/13 1:59 P

Sometimes on my days off from work, I literally workout in the morning, take a shower and climb back into bed. Is that detrimental to my weight loss goals? Even when I do work, I'm in front of a computer all day. It's a specialized field that requires you to operate machines at a seated level. The bosses also question you if you stand. I understand we're supposed to get up and walk around, but my work environment is not that lax. I get (One 30 minute lunch break and two 10 minute breaks. During which, I'm focusing on food prep and eating my food slowly.

The point is, exercise during the work day is not an option. I'm wondering if this stagnant behavior is sabotaging my efforts, both on my days off and my work days. I've only lost 2 pounds in 5 weeks and all my measurements are pretty much the same. I'm THIS close to wanting to starve myself just to see SOME kind of result, because I've been VERY strict; I've done everything else correctly.

Edited by: TIGERRIOT at: 2/18/2013 (14:05)
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