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Reduce my workouts?

I find that I am hungry all the time - and since my willpower isn't top notch I tend to give in (to healthy foods - but still giving in all the same).
I workout 5-6 days a week with 45-60 min cardio and 15-40 min weight training each day. I am wondering if I reduce my workouts to 30 min cardio and weight training only 2-4 days a week if I will be less hungry?
Has anyone had this problem/experimented with this?


Wed. Mar 19, 11:05am

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Intersting question.
I think not since:
"regular moderate exercise can extend your disability free years by 6 and add 3-4 years to your life span. Highly active people can double these benefits. "
You want to be in the latter group.

I would say try to find foods that make you feel more full, drink more water, eat some pickles and celery and - if you have to - add 50 - 100 calories to your diet, a banana, apple, slice of whole wheat bread...adjust slightly to take the edge off and then you won't be cheating. Just like adding a little to your budget to be realistic and then sticking to it.
Bear in mind tolerence for hunger is what we are all developing here anyway so a little hunger is okay.

How many calorie are you eating, can you afford a few more?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 11:58 AM

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I would recomend you try switching your ratio of cardio to strength training. Do 45 minutes strength training followed by 15 minutes cardio. I did this routine 4 days a week, was rarely hungry (my calorie range was 1200-1300 - perfect for my size and weight), and the weight fell off.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 2:48 PM

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15 minutes of cardio? That's it? Shouldn't health be a priority? And if you're strength training, especially for 45 min, then you have extra muscle to burn off more calories.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 3:20 PM

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i wish i could do 15 minutes of cardio. I just saw a personal trainer (just once--wasn't going to waste more money), and turns out because i am hypothyroid, i need to focus on cardio versus weight training even though I have a very muscular build for a female.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 3:26 PM

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2:48 here. I get plenty of cardio during the 45 minutes of weights - my heart gets a workout, for sure. We all have the things that we like to do and enjoy and cardio on machines for long periods does not do it for me anymore. And I've ran marathons - I was just done with the long periods of cardio - especially since I never lost weight. Ultimately, people will do what they like - I just found I wasn't nearly as hungry and I saw fantastic results when I switched around my ratio of cardio to strength training.


Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 3:45 PM

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It is really hard to say without looking at your logs. You may actually need the food based on your workouts. Could be you are starving for more carbs. Are you getting headaches? Ae you tired all the time?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 3:46 PM

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OP here

Thanks for all the imput!

I am also a very "muscle-y" female. Im either built or fat - there is no hope of me being a small person.
I think I am going to try to change my workout to 30 min weight training and 30 min stationary bike (less intense than my normal run) for a few days and see what this does.
I should have added that I recently became a vegetarian, almost against my own will (after seeing those images from the beef recall I can't bring myself to eat meat even though I believe humans are supposed to eat meat. The exception to my vegetarianism is eating meat my husband has killed hunting, but we eat that not very often). Protein intake is something I am worried about. I might try adding a protein shake to my meal plan (subbing out oatmeal or some of the fruit I eat to balance cals).

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 3:46 PM

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Try out your proposed workout schedule and see if it makes a difference!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 3:47 PM

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OP again

*input*

3:46 I think my protein issue answers your question - most of my diet is vegetables and carbs (mostly whole grains) ...and a nasty sugar addiction (in the form of lifesavers and lollipops).

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 3:50 PM

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Aaaah yes...so, you may find a big, big difference with making a few changes to your diet. Good luck, OP!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 4:02 PM

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