Lifting weights without having a huge diet

  • KnuxNole

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    Jun 13, 2010 10:17 PM GMT
    I dunno where to put this topic...I guess here is more appropriate.

    Something I've noticed as far as eating goes...is that I rarely get hungry. Usually I can go 6-7 hours sometimes without eating anything. I was planning on starting to lift weights, but the one thing which makes me shun away from trying to lift at all is the eating part! Ideally, if I didn't have to think about it, I would lift more often. But...I've been sticking to running and swimming because it is more exciting and I feel really good. I would guess on a normal day I consume about 1500-2000 calories which I assume is the normal range. Everyone keeps telling me if you want to lift weights, you have to consume 4000+ calories or else it's a waste of time. I am a newbie in lifting, so I don't know the validity in all that.


    I'm sure this phrase has been heard 100 times already, but I don't care for a big chest, biceps, etc. I just want to keep fit and lift every now and then, toning basically. But, the hardest part would be keeping a diet, since that is impossible. I mainly eat 3 regular meals with a snack or two in between. I can't really just stuff food every hour or so...it's unreasonable since there are lots of things that go on in life and there are days where I am "on the go" and can't really sit down and eat. The other major hindrance is actually getting food. I'm just a grad student, so I can't get as much food as I want, basically on a cheap budget and getting groceries every 2 weeks or so. Half the time I eat out, and half the time I get something from home. I guess you can say sometimes I'm the stereotypical college guy who heats up Ramen and Chef Boyardee on occasions while going out for 1am Burger King and Pizza Hut!

    Basically...is starting to lift weights 3x a week(on separate days from cardio) a waste of time if I am unable to consume 4000 calories? I wouldn't want to start lifting dumbells and doing bench presses for about a month and realize it's a waste of time for not knowing details about eating.
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    Jun 13, 2010 10:23 PM GMT
    KnuxNole said
    Basically...is starting to lift weights 3x a week(on separate days from cardio) a waste of time if I am unable to consume 4000 calories? I wouldn't want to start lifting dumbells and doing bench presses for about a month and realize it's a waste of time for not knowing details about eating.


    No, it is not a waste of time. Resistance exercise is important for your health in the long run.

    Don't worry about the 4000 calories. That's for hard-core people. I've never done it and still went from really skinny to the way I am now. You will still benefit if you eat a normal diet, and your hunger will tell you how much to eat.
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    Jun 14, 2010 1:11 AM GMT
    Eat when your stomach tells you to eat. Lift when you feel like lifting. Your body will let you know if your diet is wrong if you listen to the signals.