Weight loss vs. muscle gain

  • htbx

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    Jan 19, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
    Are these necessarily two mutually exclusive functions? Sometimes I feel like it might be self defeating for me to try to lose 80 + pounds and build muscle at the same time. Would I be better off necessarily focusing on calorie restriction and cardio to lose fat and THEN focus on building muscle and increasing caloric intake after workout sessions? Or am I all confused..
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    Jan 19, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    wjdenny saidAre these necessarily two mutually exclusive functions?


    No.

    wjdenny said
    Would I be better off necessarily focusing on calorie restriction and cardio to lose fat and THEN focus on building muscle and increasing caloric intake after workout sessions? Or am I all confused..


    Keep buldling muscle. Muscle burns more calories than fat does. By building muscle, you are making your body a more efficient fat burning machine.
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    Jan 19, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
    It kind of depends on how much you're losing. If you're at 8% bodyfat, then yes, the two are pretty much mutually exclusive.

    If you're over 15% bodyfat, then you can reasonably expect to see some muscle/strength gains while you're cutting calories.

    Besides, when you lose fat, you tend to lose muscle too. When you lift, you increase fat loss and decrease muscle loss. I know I still lift hardcore when I cut calories because otherwise I'd lose my hard earned muscle too.
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    Jan 19, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    averagejoe saidIt kind of depends on how much you're losing. If you're at 8% bodyfat, then yes, the two are pretty much mutually exclusive.

    If you're over 15% bodyfat, then you can reasonably expect to see some muscle/strength gains while you're cutting calories.

    Besides, when you lose fat, you tend to lose muscle too. When you lift, you increase fat loss and decrease muscle loss. I know I still lift hardcore when I cut calories because otherwise I'd lose my hard earned muscle too.


    That's what I'm mostly worried about, if I try to lift while cutting calories.. Basically losing most if not all of muscle gain..

    Seems maybe my best solution would be to focus on lifting, and let the pounds shed naturally. Im not sure the exact body fat percentage, but I know it must be fairly high.. I've been severely overweight since childhood.

    Now, will eating certain things (like protein) help specifically retain muscle, or is it only calories that count?
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    Jan 19, 2011 8:40 PM GMT
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