Yo-Yo dieting versus Bodybuilding

  • mstone18

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    Aug 07, 2011 8:36 PM GMT
    First post.. from me anyway.

    I've a question.

    Getting into Lifting again. My thoughts this time were loose weight first, then pack on the muscle.

    So I went LoCarb and lost 24% of my previous weight, currently at 134.8 lbs.

    But daily it seems I bounce all over the place up to 137, sometimes 138 then back down to 135 or 134.

    When is it considered Yo-Yo dieting and what's normal? Trying to keep it healthy here and adopt a new way of eating not just dieting.

    I lost the weight in 3 months, which freaked my doctor out.. he started checking me for cancer then gave me a stress test and okayed me for any kind of workout I wanted to do... blood work came back 'unbelivable' according to the doc from my last blood work.

    What's a realistic rate of muscle gain, and how to avoid gaining fat? I think dosing with Leucine, while anti-LoCarb seems to be the way to go.

    Is there some type of weight gain pattern that favors muscle over fat? Like 1-2 lbs gain per week versus 3-4? I don't even know what's normal. My age is over 45 but because of my height I think most people think I'm about 30 or 35... if perceptions count.

    Really curious to get anyones response. I consider the calibre of the people on this board to be serious about health and lean body weight.

    Thanks sincerely!
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    Aug 07, 2011 11:00 PM GMT
    It's a myth that you have to lose the fat before you gain muscle. Lifting weights and exercise in general will help you burn calories and lose weight. Along with healthier eating and consuming the right amount calories, you'll lose even more weight.

    Also, toss the scale. If you're just starting out with lifting, then your weight won't change much. Keep in mind that muscle fibers are more dense and weigh more than fat. So as you lose the fat and gain muscle mass, you won't notice much difference in your body weight. But you will notice that your clothes will be more loose fitting and you'll start to see some muscle tone.
  • mstone18

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    Aug 08, 2011 3:30 AM GMT

    Sound advice. I could easily be over thinking it.

    Truth is I wasn't even watching my weight until my doc mentioned it, then I started worrying. For years he said cut out all the sugar.. then I started paying attention and things started happening.

    That loose fitting clothes thing has been quite a nuisance. Everyone says you'll gain it all back, so don't through out the clothes... so I am a bit obsessive about the weight. And now getting obsessive about exercise.

    struggling to find balance, the right kind
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    Aug 08, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    Haha, Yo-Yo... Um, what is a Yo-Yo diet?
  • mstone18

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    Aug 09, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
    CHIdude saidHaha, Yo-Yo... Um, what is a Yo-Yo diet?


    Mostly High in Fiber
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    Aug 09, 2011 12:18 AM GMT
    mstone18 said
    CHIdude saidHaha, Yo-Yo... Um, what is a Yo-Yo diet?


    Mostly High in Fiber


    Thanks icon_biggrin.gif
    But won't high in fiber make you go constantly?! icon_eek.gif