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Can Eating Too Little Cause Weight Gain

Question: First, I love your site, it is so helpful in achieving my goals. However, I have a major problem. I am f,was 126lb. I started going to the gym two weeks ago. I do six days of cardio for one hour and and every other day I do light strength training, with an on four days off one schedule. I eat two cups of total raisin bran w/skim for breakfast, for lunch non-fat plain yougurt with a couple strawberries and blueberries. For a snack a have a rice cake with one tsp of pb, for dinner i have a sensible meal (low carb, low fat, low cal), plus i drink 8 glasses of water a day. This is my regimen every day. This may sound great, but I feel very large (especially when I work new muscles and they get sore), and I have gained up to 131. Why could this be happening?? Please help me understand!! Thanks, Puzzled

Answer: You may not be eating enough to support your lean mass. Very low calorie intakes are particularly a bad for you because they cause your body to devour your lean muscle, which causes your metabolism slow down and survive on fewer calories. Which is the opposite of what you should aim for. Take a look at the ADA Pyramid Food Guide Let me know if you have any questions.

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