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Losing Muscle

Thursday, December 06, 2012

In the past two months that I have been working with a personal trainer at the gym, I have lost 3 pounds of muscle! I've also lost 7 pounds of fat, but that 3 pounds of muscle is annoying. When I told her that I thought the point of strength training was to ADD muscle, not lose it, she agreed and said I needed to change the way I eat.

I have trouble getting enough protein everyday and she recommends eating 5 or 6 smaller meals rather than the three regular size ones I am eating now. But I have tried that in the past and find that I overeat because 6 small meals of 200 - 250 calories each isn't much food and I never feel satisfied, so I end up overeating in trying to satisfy my hunger.

For me, I find that a regular sized meal makes me feel less deprived and feels more sustainable over the long haul than mini meals I can't enjoy with my family. And of course my weird eating habits of not eating any fruit and few vegetables doesn't help.

I want to get stronger and I really want to add some muscle over the long haul, but I don't know how to tackle this problem. Any advice?
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    I try to eat something high in fiber for a snack, like raw broccoli with some salad dressing. I like lentil chips or pita chips also as they are more filling. I usually have the problem of wanting to eat more if I snack but I have found that this keeps me more in check.
    2018 days ago
    I, too, have lost a lot of muscle. A lot of this is simply age. My arms used to be very muscular but now they look just like my dad's arms in his later years. I am 77 and I don't think that I can rebuild any substantial muscle anymore but I will keep trying.
    2019 days ago
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