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 Too much exercise and not eating enough can cause weight gain?
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Dawn

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Too much exercise and not eating enough can cause weight gain? - Sunday, September 21, 2008 10:44 AM

Hi girls wondering your thoughts on Too much exercise can cause weight gain from not eating enough(starvation mode)? I read quite a bit about how your body stores fat to survive,like our ancestors(cavemen),I know Dr Oz says this in his book also. Heres a site I found that was interesting.....

http://life.familyeducation.com/weight/human-biology/46754.html

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Re:Too much exercise and not eating enough can cause weight gain? - Sunday, September 21, 2008 12:00 PM
I've heard this also.  It kind of makes sense that it would really confuse your body.
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Re:Too much exercise and not eating enough can cause weight gain? - Sunday, September 21, 2008 12:50 PM
The Promise: Fat Loss & Fitness System by Don Alessi Jr. agrees with this.  He gives several examples of women who doing 7 hours of aerobics a week and they were never losing any inches.

Covert Bailey is his series of Fit or Fat will tell you diets don't work. http://www.amazon.com/Woman-Covert-Bailey-Contributor-Lea-Bishop/dp/B0015PMSJU/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1222019301&sr=1-9
 
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Re:Too much exercise and not eating enough can cause weight gain? - Sunday, September 21, 2008 2:00 PM
I always wondered how true all that was too. Dawn, according to the article you posted the caveman went into storage mode when eating meat and went into "the lean times, the caveman ate berries, fish, and plants until he once again found more game."  If you ever read Dr. Perricone's "The wrinkle cure" this is almost the exact diet he says to follow, lots of fish, vegetables.

They didn't have bread and pasta and other carb stuff back then, so it's almost a low carb type diet. For most of us, it is a diet since we are restricting ourselves of foods we are used to today though.

All the diet stuff is so confusing, I really wish I could be one of those celebrities that have a personal chef and personal trainer cooking and planning everything out for them.
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Re:Too much exercise and not eating enough can cause weight gain? - Sunday, September 21, 2008 3:15 PM

I was trying to understand though how some people can starve thereselves and lose weight when others eat less and gain weight,maybe someone can explain to me why this happens? like In World War 2 prisoners, celebrities and the people on the show Survivor?

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Re:Too much exercise and not eating enough can cause weight gain? - Sunday, September 21, 2008 3:42 PM

I know kitkat,seems like they change diets like crazy and wondering which one is correct. the low carb,the zone,weight watchers,south beach diet,soup diet,lowfat diet and so on. I wonder back in the 1700-1800's I wonder what diets they did,if they had any? when did the diet thing start? 1970's?

 
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Re:Too much exercise and not eating enough can cause weight gain? - Sunday, September 21, 2008 4:31 PM
I think on survivor to some extent, and in WWII, when you are not eating much of anything at all - your body burns muscle and fat - whatever it can to survive, and the metabolism and energy and everything gets slow. Probably even bone density is used and the bones become brittle, so maybe even "weight" is lost from bone and just all over the body as muscle and fat, and organ tissue - whatever the body needs to use to create glucose as energy for the brain. This is an extreme example of "weight loss". (Well, bone wouldn't be used for energy, but without proper food, bone would be sacrificed for the body's calcium needs, and bone would just be broken down and not build back up)

Why someone who would eat less, would gain weight? Not sure about that? I think it's a very personal thing. Just depends on alot of things.

I have read if you eat small regular meals (healthier choices) throughout the day, you body burns energy evenly with maybe less going to fat stores.

But if you skip meals, go hungry for long periods of time (all day with no lunch) - things like that, you are signaling to your body that next time there is food it will need to save as much as possible to go through the next stretch of time where you do not eat for hours. So then for dinner, you may even eat a little more because you had deprived yourself all day and are hungrier, but also your body stores what it can to last the next day (as body fat or glycogen in the muscle). So if you are not really eating a whole lot overall (you have skipped meals) then I could see where the metabolism may slow some and the body try to store all it can to hold on to the energy it is given as fat stores when you do eat. Probably would make weight loss more difficult. I don't know for certain, but maybe eating this way the body might not really be able to build muscle properly? so the energy just goes to the fat stores and preserving the fat.

Also, if you just eat excess calories than you need (me and my sweet tooth, haha) :) then your body has no need for their use so they are stored as fat. But, you weren't asking about that - if you eat more than you need, then you will gain. Everybody gets that. :)
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Re:Too much exercise and not eating enough can cause weight gain? - Sunday, September 21, 2008 5:28 PM

Thanks Andelyn!!!

 
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Re:Too much exercise and not eating enough can cause weight gain? - Sunday, September 21, 2008 6:00 PM
It's just hit or miss till you know exactly how much your body needs I guess. Even those sites they tell you how much you should eat for height and weight can be off because some of us have more muscle and different metabolisms. Muscle uses more energy/calories to exist than fat.

It's confusing, isn't it? You can be gaining weight and you have to wonder, "hey, wait, am I eating too little or too much?" alright, so we think "I better cut down and eat less" then we aren't losing weight and just stay at the same weight for awhile. "alright, maybe I wasn't eating enough, let me add some more food", then you start eating more and gaining instead. lol..sorry... this is really how it works with me.

Andelyn, I know you aren't an expert. But, what you said also makes me wonder if we eat 1600 calories divided into 3 meals. vs 1600 calories divided over 5 or 6 meals if our bodies hold on to fat different just on how many time we a day we eat no matter how many calories?
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