Keeping Muscle but burning the fat away.

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    Jul 16, 2011 11:34 PM GMT
    So I am looking to lean out and keep my muscle gains. It seems that the last 15-20lbs just don't want to go away. In addition to trying the workout programs on this site. I been researching articles for fat loss. I came across this one
    http://zenhabits.net/lean-tips/

    I was wondering, what does everyone think about doing what this article suggests. Besides the good nutrition, I've been told by other bodybuilders that I should drink a protein shake or have a small meal about an hour before I do weight training. I understand that this is for muscle building, however I've never thought of doing a fasting before one or two of my workouts per week in addition to making those workouts shorter and more intense and also having some workout be longer and less intense. Has anyone done something simmilar to this and had good results? I worry that a fasting day will screw up my metabolism.

    I guess its worth a shot, why not try it. I would like to hear what some members think about this.
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    Jul 17, 2011 12:58 AM GMT
    Paleo Diet worked (and is continuing to work) for me.
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    Jul 17, 2011 8:01 AM GMT
    Fasted workouts feel great. If you are worried about catabolism then drink a scoop whey in water an hour before or BCAAs 15-30 minutes before.

    I don't do them anymore because fasting from 22pm to 4-5pm gives me gas =( TMI?
  • mdhrdtop

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    Jul 17, 2011 2:38 PM GMT
    I followed the link to http://zenhabits.net/lean-tips/ and read most of the post. I liked what I read. I think most of the evolutionary stuff makes a lot of sense. It's only been within the last several hundred years that we haven't had to hunt for our dinner - today, about the farthest people have to go hunting for food is the local supermarket, not a particularly strenuous task if you ask me.

    So break with convention, think about eating and exercise a 1,000 years ago or 10,000 years or even a 100,000 where running, jumping, chasing, being chased was part of everyday life. In the very few generations that have passed since we were hunters, our physiology hasn't genetically morphed into something that has adapted to sugar and preservative loaded food diets.

    I was introduced to Anne Louise Gittleman's book "Your Body Knows Best" (http://www.amazon.com/Your-Body-Knows-Louise-Gittleman/dp/0671875914) back a number of years ago. She explains why some people lose weight on one diet while others gain it eating exactly the same foods. Gittleman's proposition is that "an individual's heritage, blood type and metabolism combine to create unique nutritional requirements ... [m]apping out dietary guidelines for each blood type and for metabolic 'slow burners' and 'fast burners'."

    It's probably time to tune up my diet, so I guess it's time to re-read Ms. Gittleman's book!!!
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    Jul 18, 2011 11:31 AM GMT
    I was about to post a very similar thread to this, however from a slightly different angle - so I wonder if I could thread-jack?

    Basically, I want to lean out some while still retaining the muscle I have struggled to gain - I'm looking for a workout routine suitable for this that is done 3 times per week (and I'll work on my core in-between to hopefully bring out a decent six pack).

    Any suggestions?
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    Jul 18, 2011 11:48 AM GMT
    pre_mortem saidFasted workouts feel great. If you are worried about catabolism then drink a scoop whey in water an hour before or BCAAs 15-30 minutes before.

    I don't do them anymore because fasting from 22pm to 4-5pm gives me gas =( TMI?


    Actually, this is a myth that protein and/or BCAA will go to the muscles. The body will convert the BCAA or protein in energy and it won't be fasted workout.

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    Jul 21, 2011 1:19 AM GMT
    thread-jack away! Its in the realm of what I am talking about.

    Pure saidI was about to post a very similar thread to this, however from a slightly different angle - so I wonder if I could thread-jack?

    Basically, I want to lean out some while still retaining the muscle I have struggled to gain - I'm looking for a workout routine suitable for this that is done 3 times per week (and I'll work on my core in-between to hopefully bring out a decent six pack).

    Any suggestions?
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jul 21, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    if you're muscular and still aren't cut, cut the sugar out of your diet. Not even any pasta. The fat is from sugar/carbs. Lean down and your abs will scream LICK ME.