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?!

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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