let me preface by saying i DONT work with weights at all, but i think this question is appropriate for this forum for all intents and purposes; you guys seem to know your stuff.
i quit smoking about a year ago and decided to adopt a healthy lifestyle. i swim everyday 200 laps a day and i have a body i am pleased with, 6'2.5" ~185 lbs ~9-10%bf. more importantly, i FEEL great. what's become a problem is that when i try to better my time in lapswimming, i always hit a wall, and i think it's because of my diet. if i don't eat freaking perfectly everyday i'll lose muscle mass and essential fat very quickly, ultimately affecting my performance and endurance when i get in the pool. i get to the point where i have to eat one or two meals during the night and i can't get a full 8 hours sleep sometimes (lately every night) because of this. how can i get all my calories during the day and not have to eat at night? anyone ever have problems with this? i try to not eat during the night and try to do this by eating a crapload during the day but my stomach STILL growls and i have to give in, and i still lose good muscle. it has become very frustrating and hard to maintain i almost want to give up. help me out guys.
i eat every 2.5-3.5 hours as it is. yea i eat /tons/ of calories a day. ive never bothered to measure it. the swimmers at my gym think that 200 laps is nothing. masters swimmers do 300 laps a day. i am just trying to become a good swimmer- that is my goal. i think if my diet is done right, catabolism shouldn't occur so readily. night time should be the time my muscles /replenish/, but it's the exact oppposite. i'm doing something wrong. my metabolism shouldn't peak during the nighttime. this is what i want to avoid. i make sure i get a crapload of casein and good fat before i go to sleep, but in about 3-6 hours ill wake up ravenously hungry.
Have you considered napping at some point during the day? Doing that much swimming I would say that you need more than eight hours of sleep a day anyway. Also make sure that you are drinking enough water, I've heard that 70% of thirst is mistaken as hunger.
i'm doing something wrong. my metabolism shouldn't peak during the nighttime. this is what i want to avoid. i make sure i get a crapload of casein and good fat before i go to sleep, but in about 3-6 hours ill wake up ravenously hungry.
your metabolism isn't peaking at night. you simply are not consuming enough calories in the daytime to support your level of activity.
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