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Posted by George
on July 02, 2000 at 02:30:37:
In Reply to: Gaining unintentional bulk from running? posted by Julie on June 30, 2000 at 19:42:28:
: I have now been running for about 7 weeks (used to do cardio on an elliptical crosstrainer), and have successfully managed to get up to an average of 5-7 miles every day.
: Unfortunately, I feel bigger, thicker. My diet has not changed at all, yet I am gaining inches even though I am running almost daily.
: Is it possible that I have built up muscle that has not yet started to reduce the fat in key areas (particularly my hips, rear)? I understand that with patience, the result may change, but I need to find a solution to reduce the bulk (other than a sudden, strict diet) right away.
: Let see here, which area are u gaining the most weight in? Your legs? Well if thats the case, then genetics is your problem. Your like me, I assume, that you dont have to do much to build muscle in your legs. Just a few miles of running a week and *poof*, u got some built quads! So you might wanna change your workout up and train for your body shape.Im juding that you're a pear shape, since u gain most of your weight in your lower body. Remember, running or jogging involves some resistance since you are supporting your body as u move. Now if you were to use a stationary bike or rowing machine, then you would encounter less resistance since you are not supporting your full body weight, the seat of the machine is. Less resistance = less muscle development or bulk. Also, you might wanna try some light weight training for your upper body to balance things out and to boost your fat burning furnace. Secondly, it also really depends on when you are doing your cardio regimen. First thing in the morning on a empty stomach is the best. Why? Because you burn up what you store, not what u have eaten in that day if you were to do it later on in the day. I hope this helps!! Good Luck!!!