BASED ON YOUR ANSWERS IT IS VERY LIKELY THAT YOU ARE AN EXERCISE RESPONDER.
It is best for you to maintain your weight or create a calorie deficit from increasing activity, NOT from overly restricting calories.
You are someone who will benefit a lot from additional activity such as cardio after lifting weights.
You have what is called a "HIGH Energy Flux".
Your body likes to consume a lot of calories AND also burn a lot of calories.
This pattern was formed at an early age.
The crucial ages for this are from ages 7-12.
The more active you were as a pre-teen, the more likely it is that you are an EXERCISE responder as an adult.
- The positives: You can get away with eating a large amount of food as long as you are active.
- The negatives: Your body will also crave a lot of food, which can lead to weight gain if you are not active.
A common pattern for an exercise responder is to gain weight as an adult due to not being as active as they were as a child.
A heavier body burns more calories.
Even if that extra weight is body fat, this is a way for the body to increase calorie burn.
An exercise responder can try to reduce calories, but recent studies show the body seeks a specific amount of calories per day regardless of calories burned.
In order for an exercise responder to be at a lean healthy weight, they can increase activity levels.
The solution isn't drastically cutting calories, in your case.
Hope this helps!
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