I’ve been keto since November 2018. I’ve been strength training 3 days a week for the last two weeks. About twice a week I’ll add a couple HIIT exercises at the end of my session.
Before I started strength training, I was averaging 1,827 calories, eating 2 meals a day, and losing weight at an extremely low rate (1 lb every 11 days on average).
Since starting to work out again I’m averaging 2,296 and eating 3-4 meals a day. And after those 3-4 meals a day I’m still starving. I also wake up hungry which is not normal for me. It’s been almost impossible to fast. Days where I was able to keep my eating window to 7 hours resulted in 3 meals still. I also like to keep protein under 100 grams a day but that has been impossible since starting to exercise.
I was weight training this winter while keto and I didn’t have issues with hunger. So I’m going to stop the HIIT for now and see if my hunger subsides. Any other suggestions?
Also, years ago I read that if you’re strength training to gain muscle you should increase your intake; whereas if you’re strength training to lose fat you should be eating at a deficit. Only unicorns can lose fat and build muscle at the same time. I’m no unicorn. I’m trying to lose fat before putting on muscle. While I don’t want this to turn into a CICO debate, I sit in the camp that calories probably matter some but hormones matter more. So if calories don’t matter, or matter very little, how does your body decided if its going to lose fat or build muscle when strength training?