Do you have to lose weight before putting on mass?

  • manpit209

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    Feb 24, 2011 7:04 AM GMT
    My current dilemma, and one that's plagued me for a long time now, is that most of my body fat resides around the waistline. I eat fairly healthy but not on any extreme/strict diet. I know that a lot of people suggest that being on a strict diet will help to reduce the waistline. I wanted to know if there's another way. I already eat fairly healthy but don't want to sacrifice even more to reduce my waistline.

    Would lifting harder and heavier help to get rid of the fat? I know muscle burns fat. Would bulking up on muscle mass help me to get rid of the body fat once and for all? I'm really contemplating on getting a personal trainer because I don't know what else to do. I'm not even looking to get a six pack or anything. I just want a flat stomach. Thanks for any feedback.
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    Feb 24, 2011 1:14 PM GMT
    Cardio, cardio, cardio. Only lifting won't do anything for you. Lifting will maintain/increase the muscle but if you want the fat to go away, you need to burn it up through cardio.

  • tuffguyndc

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    Feb 24, 2011 4:50 PM GMT
    yes you do but you can do both
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    Feb 24, 2011 6:15 PM GMT
    Watermelons saidCardio, cardio, cardio. Only lifting won't do anything for you. Lifting will maintain/increase the muscle but if you want the fat to go away, you need to burn it up through cardio.


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    Feb 24, 2011 6:43 PM GMT
    Diet is more than just what you eat.
    You also need to examine how much you eat, when you eat, and how your body utilized the food. A trainer who is educated in nutrition could help you with this, or you may want to speak with a nutritionist.

    Gaining muscle mass will increase your metabolism. Ultimately you will need to do cardio to get the flat stomach you desire.

    Also make sure you get plenty of sleep, you are able to manage your stress, cut out coffee/caffeine, cut out/limit processes foods. All these will affect how your body stores or burns fat.
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    Feb 24, 2011 7:14 PM GMT
    Abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym, for the most part. Get on a gaining diet for a while to build up muscle, and that diet will actually be good for your waistline. Then, when you go on a diet to cut your body fat, you'll really see the definition in the waist. You can do a lot of cardio and abs exercises, but a lot of times the mid-section will just appear puffier because you're building up the muscles behind the fatty areas and supplying those fatty areas with bad foods. We've all probably seen those huge, muscular guys at the gym with those enormous and fatty guts. It should come as no surprise that they have crappy eating habits. Cut out all of the empty calories, sugars, and white starches. My advice is that you find a trainer who looks or at one time looked the way you want to look, like a bodybuilder, for example, and get your building diet from them.
  • FredMG

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    Feb 24, 2011 7:43 PM GMT
    a pound of muscle burns more calories every day than a pound of fat does, so

    if you want to gain mass through muscle, eat a balanced diet, lift and do cardio.

    If you want to be lean and cut, diet and cardio, and strenght train to maintain your muscle mass.

    I cut it to the quick. I never say "I want to loose weight" - because in this culture "weight" is a euphimisim for fat, or even a "non standard body shape". I've blown away fitness & nutrional "experts/professionals" by saying things like "I'm obese, I want to get my body fat percentage down" or "no, I don't want to loose weight, I'd be perfectly happy at 10% body fat and 230 pounds". I know they're blown away by the uncomfortable dead silence that follows those statements.
  • manpit209

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    Feb 25, 2011 7:09 AM GMT
    I always seem to feel slimmer after cardio. I do HIIT but I don't do it enough. Should I do cardio everyday? 15 minutes on strength training days and 30-60 minutes on my full cardio day? Thanks for all the feedback so far!