Building muscle/loosing weight?

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    Feb 04, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    thought i'd try my first post on here, so i apologise if there are already similar posts out there... im lame when it comes to these things.

    Alright,

    basically... im trying to build muscle and bulk up a bit... get more definition and that... i havent got that much definition so want to improve that.

    my obsticle is that from lack of training for the last few months, i've got a little bit of a gut around my stomach.. so no dinifition shows there...

    So (long story short) basically, i want to know what everyones opinions on what i should do?

    i mean, should i try and loose the weight around my stomach by focusing on cardio, loosing weight...then train up my muscles

    or

    should i weight train.. so i bulk up.. then focus on sorting out the stomach bit later on?

    sorry guys if i sound a bit stupid.. :/ meh

    cheers
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    Feb 04, 2012 6:41 PM GMT
    Fitness Myth #178437 - You should lose the fat before attempting to gain muscle mass.

    FALSE.

    It's a big waste of time. You can do both concurrently. Go ahead and train for building muscle mass. As you progress in your weight training and clean up your diet, you will lose the excess fat over time.
  • Rusty491

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    Feb 04, 2012 7:37 PM GMT
    xrichx saidFitness Myth #178437 - You should lose the fat before attempting to gain muscle mass.

    FALSE.

    It's a big waste of time. You can do both concurrently. Go ahead and train for building muscle mass. As you progress in your weight training and clean up your diet, you will lose the excess fat over time.


    Absolutely correct. As a nutritionist I have to try all the time to convince people that you do not need to lose body fat to build muscle, building muscle burns fat. Every pound of fat requires 2 calories per hour to maintain, but a pound of muscle requires eight. You have to eat enough to feed the muscle, but only with the right kind of foods. Sugar is the worst thing you can eat, because a high amount of insulin in the blood triggers the fat-storage response. Consume lots of lean proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains.
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    Feb 04, 2012 8:23 PM GMT
    ahh brilliant guys, thanks alot icon_smile.gif thats a massive help.

    well im a vegetarian so im finding it a bit difficult to control my diet, it's all over the place to be honest.. i just need to get that sorted and i think the rest would slot into place? icon_smile.gif

    I was wondering, a few people have mentioned a low carb diet... any thoughts of that?
  • Rusty491

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    Feb 05, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
    Your diet needs to be high in carbs like fruits and whole grains, but low in white carbs and sugar. I'm not a vegetarian, but I do keep kosher, so I don't eat meat very often at all. I use a lot of eggs, yogurt, and natural protein powders. I usually get about 200 grams a day, and I'm shooting to improve that.