Questions from BodyBuilding.com
What are your macro numbers currently in the off season compared to previous years? I only ask because you mentioned being leaner this off-season so I'm curious where you made the change in the food content if any.
I was wondering if you had a thoughts on gaining weight while starting out. I am a runner who did weights intermittently. I was running up to 35 miles a week training for half marathons. Long story short I ended up on a low calorie diet of about 1200 calories and I would add in more if I ran. Maybe 100 extra calories per mile that I ran. My weight loss stalled and I ended up putting on weight. I have decided to try something different with less cardio and more weights. I am following Jamie Eason's Live Fit program. I am into week 7 and all of a sudden I am gaining weight. My doctor did put me on a medication that one of the side effects, listed online, is weight gain but when I asked the nurse about it she said it shouldn't make me gain weight. I have been eating around 1500-1700 calories and I am 5'5". I started at 144lbs and went up to 148lbs. I have been doing 50% carbs/30% protein/ 20% fat. I was thinking of doing 40/40 for carbs and protein but I have trouble getting in that much protein. I was just wondering what you thought of this and if you had any ideas you could share. THanks so much for taking the time to read this
Well.. Maybe this is good! From the information you have provided it seems you were very active as a runner, and calorie restrictive. This would put your body into a vulnerable position when it come to having access amino acids (building block of muscles). So perhaps, the change in your lifestyle and change in physical activity (you know weights instead of running and all) have made your body put on some muscles! That would be cool.. That would boost your metabolism and make you burn more calories just standing around being awesome.
So the question is did you gain muscle or fat? .. Or even water..? (perhaps from the medication) Have you measurements changed? Muscle is much denser than fat and will be harder, tighter. Fat is squishy and takes up 4 times as much volume. How do you look in the mirror? Do you like the direction you are going? .. Have you become stronger over the last 6 weeks?
Your nutrition seems solid. If I was going to do something for myself, I would manipulate the carbs on my cardio days, keeping cardio sessions away from back and leg workouts, and only knock it out AM - not quite fasted. BCAA and some, but less than 15 grams carbs. (Just to wake it up in there lol) Then leaving carbs low to almost out for the rest of the day. Fiber stuff, salads and all. Cardio twice a week .. I might do that stuff...