My muscles only got bigger and I only started noticing increases in the weights I could lift when I started eating more and upping my protein. On my old, tiny, highly calorie restricted diets I was not making much progress other than just burning calories (so the scale would drop a little quicker). Now I am trying to delicately balance getting enough of the right stuff to eat to fuel my weight training with weight loss. It's not easy and slow going compared to those that can just eat what they want and "bulk" before going on a "cut". I am on a permanent "cut" but my calorie intake is higher than when I started my diet. I eat about 1700 calories a day now compared to probably about 1200 when I was heavier and started weight training. Still, I like to be able to lift heavier! It's nice to find a hobby in weight training and exercise rather than just shifting the pounds.
And I love free weights but the machines are just as good.
Last edited by IanG; 01-23-2014 at 10:10 PM.