I(F22, BMI 22.1) recently swapped my fitness routine from mainly cardio and light resistance to more weight and strength training. Although Im taking it gradually my appetite has gone awol. I use to eat roughly around 1400-1500 cals a day now ive readjusted my intake for 1600-1700 cals. I told myself I'd increase the calorie intake gradually as I increased intensity in my new workout routine (at least 50 per week). Yet within the the second week of training Im eating roughly around 1800-2000+ cals a day, way beyond my recommended macros.
Im usually an intuitive eater and don't like to mentally restrict myself. My intuitive eating has proven to be on par with my previous macros recommends.
Yet now Im finding it difficult to control myself within the recommended macros level. If I do, I tend to feel particularly weak. Im also craving calorie dense food which I don't usually crave, like cake and chocolate, which means my body is asking for fuel.
Im only a week and a half into my new routine and i'm not even doing any hardcore work yet, just lifting dumbbells and practising form. I know I need to fuel my body accordingly to my workouts but I have a very sedentary work life and I am quite petite (5" tall).
My energy levels are rollercoasting as well, and have been feeling exhausted around 9pm when I usually can stay up til 12 even after an intense gym session. I'm scared if I keep eating beyond my macros levels, im gonna start accumulating more fat instead of muscle. Yet I've got a load of stuff to do during the day and don't want to feel constantly tired. My workouts are roughly around 30-40 mins per day (exc warm up and cool down stretches.) I work with weights for barely 10-15 mins.
What to do? Listen to my body? Or keep within my recommended macros?
Height: 5 ft (152 cm) Weight: 52.2Kgs
Dominant arm: 27.1 cm
Stmach (Belly button) :74.1cm
Dominant Thigh:53 cm
Goal: Right now, I really want to up my metabolism, lose some fat and get a bit more lean and toned. Wanna build some strength as well I've been trying to build some abbs too and pump the glutes. I was planning on starting to weightlift at some point but I have to get used to the weights first and learn correct form.
Goal Measurements:...is it bad to say i'm not really bothered? Maybe cinch the waist?
Routine: I usually start with 20-15 mins HIIT or Functional Workouts then I focus on body parts for another 15-10 mins
(Mon, Wed-Friday): Upper body, Core (abs and waist),Legs & Butt, Core. (What i've changed is just adding 2-3 Kg dumbells and kettlebells in my workout. Or doing HIIT specifically just with weights. Nothing drastic)
I have swim training on tuesdays and saturdays. (Usually hit the waves on sat as well. Not sure if that counts)
Sunday : Yoga/ Pilates / Rest