Is it possible to lose body fat without lifting ?

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    Feb 26, 2012 7:06 PM GMT
    Ok so a fitness/diet question here for once.

    As far as I understand it in order to lower body fat% you have to have a calorie deficit. But, I've read that a sustained calorie deficit will put your body in starvation mode and you start storing fat and burning any muscle you have.

    Not good right ?

    So my question is, is it possible to stay on a mild calorie deficit diet whilst also doing purely cardio or is that a false economy as far as fat loss is concerned ?

    Is weight lifting absolutely essential so you burn more calories through building lean muscle or can it be done without ?
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    Feb 26, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    No, strength training is not essential, but it helps.

    If your body is in calorie deficit your body will convert mass to energy, some lean mass and some fat mass. Muscle cells are a much more inefficient way to store energy than fat cells, so if you arent using them, your body will prefer to break that tissue down for energy.

    If you arent doing strength training because you dont want to look bulky, then you should realize that no one in a consistent calorie deficit is ever going to get bulky.
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    Feb 26, 2012 10:12 PM GMT
    Yes, it's possible. Former boss of mine had a huge beer gut. He cleaned up his diet and reduced his calorie intake. The only exercise he did was go walk a couple of miles around the park every night after work.

    Will it work you? Can't really say for sure. Everyone's body and metabolism is different. So the only way to know is to try it.
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    Mar 25, 2012 4:26 PM GMT
    whateveryo saidOk so a fitness/diet question here for once.

    As far as I understand it in order to lower body fat% you have to have a calorie deficit. But, I've read that a sustained calorie deficit will put your body in starvation mode and you start storing fat and burning any muscle you have.

    Not good right ?

    So my question is, is it possible to stay on a mild calorie deficit diet whilst also doing purely cardio or is that a false economy as far as fat loss is concerned ?

    Is weight lifting absolutely essential so you burn more calories through building lean muscle or can it be done without ?


    Of course you can burn calories / body fat without lifting, people do it all the time.

    Here's the problem: The body requires protein in order to synthesize fat into energy. If you're burning your fat stores, you're also burning through some muscle. If you lose, say, 20 lbs. of fat, you're also going to lose 3-4 lbs. of muscle.

    You can limit the damage by upping the protein content of your calorie-deficit diet to about 50%. You'll still lose a lb. or two of lean muscle mass.

    Lifting during this period simply serves to ameliorate this muscle loss.

    Hope this helps!
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    Mar 25, 2012 7:12 PM GMT
    absolutely you will lose fat from a decent diet with no exercise. Cut out grains and you will notice a difference, regardless of your total calorific intake.
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    Mar 25, 2012 7:20 PM GMT
    Cheers for the advice guys, found something that is working v well for me right now diet wise and lifting light weights so I don't put on much mass so I can stay slim.

    Let's see if I can get that six pack for Summer lol.
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    Mar 26, 2012 1:39 AM GMT
    Good to see you found something that works for you. And go for next year's summer 6-pack. No need to rush it. Ur allreddie purdy. icon_biggrin.gif