Strength Training Makes me Hungry!

by Jen on July 13, 2011

Good morning friends!  How is your morning going?  Did you try making my favorite oatmeal for breakfast?!

I get a lot of questions about what I eat.  People assume because I’m thin, that I don’t eat.  Well, I’m hear to tell you that that is so far from the truth.  I eat all. the. time!  I eat 6 meals a day.  Everyday.

But it wasn’t always like this.  Back in the day, when I believed that cardio was the only way to burn lots of calories, I only ate 3 meals.  And no matter how hard I worked, I couldn’t lose weight.

That’s when I decided to add some strength training to my workout routine.  I was a little scared at first.  I was afraid I would end up looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Seriously.  What was I thinking!?  But after a month of lifting weights, I noticed a gradual change in my body.  I was getting leaner and tighter in places I never thought I could.  Like my hips and bum!  And what girl doesn’t want slim hips and a tight arse?!

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Now I absolutely love strength training.  It’s part of my workout routine 3 days a week.  But one of the greatest benefits of strength training…….

I’m hungry all the time!  After a hard weight training session, I’m starving.  And it’s not just for  breakfast.  My metabolism is revving so high, that I’m hungry all day.  I need to eat at least 6 times on those days!

Strength training sets your metabolism on fire!  Wanna know why?  Lifting heavy weights breaks down your muscle tissue during your workout.  Your body needs to work to repair this tissue, which sets your metabolism into overdrive.  Even though you don’t burn a ton of calories during your weight lifting session, you are burning a ton of calories afterwards!

If I haven’t convinced you that strength training is an important part of routine, I don’t know what will.  So get lifting!  

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1 Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy July 13, 2011 at 11:57 pm

I totally agree with this. during the school year I do strength 3 days a week and straight cardio the other two. I really need to get back into having 5 decent meals to curb my snacking during the day. it's just hard with the kiddos sometimes

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2 Mom vs. the boys July 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm

sign me up for the tight arse! lol

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3 jillconyers July 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Hi from a new follower! Visiting from Bliss Connect.

I agree. For about 9 months I have been strength training consistently and now I have incorporated it into my marathon training. Huge benefits for running! And yes I'm hungry all the time :)

I eat more calories in a day now than I've ever eaten in the past. Who knew!?!? Off to check out your favorite oatmeal.

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4 Cheryl July 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm

i'm a prime example that heavy weights does not make you big!!! Love the burn!!!

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