Despite downing 2 protein shakes every day and eating everything that’s put in front of me, I’ve not gained weight — muscle mass or otherwise — which has been my objective. Instead I’ve lost almost 10lbs since the beginning of the year.
While I realize I’m not getting anything except derision from most of you about this ‘problem’, it’s quite frustrating for me1. My options seem to be decrease my physical activity (running 7.5 miles in an hour like I did this morning can’t be helping) or I need to rather drastically increase my caloric intake. Since decreasing my activity is unlikely to happen, it’s time to bring out the burgers. This is sure to make my already borderline cholesterol worse, but maybe, just maybe, I can get back up to a buck-sixty this time next month like I was at the beginning of the year. Gotta have goals!
1 Can I claim this is a 3rd world problem? I mean, not getting enough to eat is a common 3rd world problem… I’m joking!2
2 Yes, I’m totally going to hell for footnote 1.
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When I first started lifting weights in Austin, around 2002 or so, one of my lifting partners had the same problem. I don’t actually know if he solved it, but all the running will very likely inhibit your body from adding muscle mass. Of course, you could also be fighting genetics here, too…
How often do you lift and how heavy? My understanding is that very heavy lifting (i.e. heavy enough you can’t do more than 5 reps) will help add strength and mass.
What’s your goal(s)? To be able to lift a certain amount of weight, run a distance in a given time? Both? :-)