by Dr. Matthew Chircop
Just how much resistance training constitutes enough of a stimulus to maintain or gain muscle (without overtraining), relative to the amount of other exercise and in the context of a calorie deficit, depends on the individual. Part of the process of self-improvement involves learning about what works for your body.
That being said, you know your resistance training is working if:
Serial estimation of body composition, coupled with weight measurements will give you an accurate impression of your general trajectory with respect to total fat loss and lean body mass gain (see Body Composition & Health series of articles).
If you had an initial period of observed positive effects of training (as above), but now those effects are diminishing (and the difference is noticeable over the weeks), then you might be overtraining.
If you have not had any noticeable positive effect from training, then you might need to increase your training volume (e.g. increase number of sets or reps), levels of resistance, or intensity, or adjust your nutrition.
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At Body Sculptors Australia, we believe in NOURISHING YOURSELF from the inside out! Because YOU are worth it. And good health, happiness and confidence comes from within.
Understanding your own nutritional requirements can often be confusing, especially as we age and our hormones change. I am in my 40s, a single mum to a 6yr old daughter, whom has boundless energy and I want to keep up. So I understand how difficult it can be and how time-poor we all are and therefore put ourselves last, especially as parents.
With my experience, I can help you understand your body and what nourishment it needs to feel happy, lighter, & confident in your own skin.
I am also a keen sportswoman, and have extensive knowledge of sports nutrition. So, if you are looking to up your performance to achieve your best, reach out.
Dr Megan Chircop
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