- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013 - UK
Bit of background… years ago, in my early 20s, I maintained my weight at 8st (112lb) for many years by eating a restricted diet and working out for two hours a day, every day. 8st is an average/healthy weight for my 5’0 height. I maintained it by eating a bodybuilder’s diet…
– No processed food, sweets, chiocolate, snacks
– No bread, pasta, rice, flour… you get the picture
– Basically, all I ate was meat, fish, fruit and veg, with the occasional snack of nuts
– I weighed my food in order to calculate protein grams (to maintain muscle mass) and nutrient %
I really don’t want to restrict myself in this way again. Anyway, skip forward a few years… I gained weight and lost it again. I’m now around 9st (126lb) and have started going back to the gym a few weeks ago.
So… here’s the problem. I’ve always muscled up fast, and struggled to lose fat. This is exactly what is happening now. I’m starting to develop the classic “older woman’s body”. You know what I mean… you’ve seen them at the gym. They used to be marathon runners or similar before they had kids. They have slim legs, a flat bum, and their legs and bum are all rippling muscle. Then you look upwards, and they have a belly, often a large one, small breasts, and quite a bit of back fat.
Since going back to the gym, this is the body I’m developing. It’s also depressing because although I know I must be gaining muscle and losing fat (I’m also on a diet… 1,200 calories a day plus 50% of my workout calories), my weight is steadily increasing, and my measurements are staying the same. Now, this isn’t necessarily a surprise either. In fact, I suspect that my weight will now steadily rise until it peaks at about 9.5 st (133lb), and I will lose a cm or two in measurements (but no more than that).
Anyway, I’m looking for advice from people who are, or have been, super fit, and have managed to avoid this dreaded “older woman’s body” through adapting their routine.
Other info… I’m limited in what I can do in the gym because of previous sports injuries. I can’t use a bicycle, row, run, do anything which impacts my legs, or use any leg weights, for example. I cross train on interval, do uphill walking, and then do a variety of weights. I try to go every day, but it’s usually more llike 5 times a week lately.
My super-fit relatives and friends are no help. They just say “work out in the gym and then eat whatever you like!”. Lucky ********. Good genes.