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My New Calorie Concerns

Friday, October 26, 2012

I’m a bit worried. I realized that I hadn’t changed my fitness goals since I started weight training at the gym. So yesterday I went in and entered the # of days I weight train and updated the # of days I do cardio and the total weekly calories I’ve been burning.

I then noticed that my nutrition goals, of course, went up as well. My calorie goals jumped from around 1500-1700 to 1800-2100.

My concern is that I hit a plateau just before I started working out at the gym. Because I didn’t want to get discouraged I skipped the next 2 weigh ins, but stuck with my workout and nutrition tracking. I had hoped that with the new workouts I’d break the plateau and see weight lose this weekend. However, I’m concerned that if I consume more calories I’ll end up stalling out.

But I'm worried that I could end up sabotaging myself if I don't consume enough calories to keep up with my workouts.

Plus I'm worried that I might be trying to do too much. I've been weight training and doing cardio 5 days a week M-F. I've been reading that I should be putting a day or two between those workouts to let my muscles heal.

So I'm just generally confused.
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    Sometimes you really do need to eat more. I know this sounds strange but when I notice my weight gets stuck and I'm feeling hungry, I add a few more calories and then the weight starts to fall off again. Listen to your body.
    2006 days ago
    There isn't a problem with working out 5 days a week but I would move one of those workout days to Saturday or Sunday and then take a day off middle of the week, like Tuesday or Wednesday.Before you jump into increasing your calories, I would weigh in first just so you know what your starting point is before the changes go into affect. That way you can make the correlation later as to which calorie range works best with your new workout routine.
    2006 days ago
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