Lose body fat or gain muscle?

  • sfboy987

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    Aug 19, 2008 6:00 AM GMT
    My original goal was to lose body fat and become lean. I'm 19 yr old, 5'7, 160 lbs, and I recently found out I have 27% body fat. For the past 3 weeks I've been working on a nutritonal diet and lifting weights at the gym. I was planning on losing 1 to 2 pounds a week on a 1800-2000 caloric diet. However, some guy recently suggested that I gain some muscle FIRST. This totally threw me off cause my mind is on losing weight mode right now, and I'm guessing I have to change my workout and diet to gain muscle. The guy claimed losing 2 pounds would result in a lot muscle loss, but I thought losing MORE than 2 pounds would do that. I thought it was ok to lose 1 one 2 pounds a week without burning much muscle. I know muscle burns more fat, but I'm not sure I would like more weight. Frankly, I'm stuck at this point and frustrated cause ppl keep telling me so many different things. What do you guys think? I really appreciate any help thanks!
  • sfboy987

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    Aug 20, 2008 10:19 PM GMT
    anybody?
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    Aug 21, 2008 3:20 PM GMT
    Surprised no one responded!

    First off, 5'7 and 160 with 27% body fat? That sounds a little...off. First thing I would do is get a second body fat test, maybe even a third from a different source to verify that you indeed have that much bf. 27% with your stats sounds unusually high.

    As for what to do, it really depends on what your long term goals are. Do you want to be lean and ripped? Or do you want to pack on some muscle? It also depends on what body type you have, are you thin/lean naturally or do you have some beef on ya? That will help to shape your plan and your goals.

    Hopefully that gives you some info on where to start.
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    Aug 21, 2008 3:39 PM GMT
    I just read this and its very helpful information.

    http://www.realjock.com/article/1204
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    Aug 21, 2008 6:36 PM GMT
    your goal was to lose the fat originaly. Have you achieved that?

    No you havent so stick to your original goal get that right and stop looking for another route master one and the other can follow easily

    As for losing muscle mass work the muscle hard and to failure with a routine that matches your dietary intake and there is no reason you will lose lean muscle mass. Too lower post exercise calorie deficit will cause muscle loss
  • sfboy987

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    Aug 21, 2008 7:38 PM GMT
    Yea my first thought is to stick to my original goal. As of now, I'll just focus on losing body fat. I'm pretty sure my body is not naturally thin, and I think my body type is stocky and I obviously have fat. Other people told me my bf% does look unusual so I'll try and find out again. The only place I know where to find out my bf% is my gym, anywhere else I can go? Thanks guys for the help!
  • sfboy987

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    Aug 22, 2008 4:44 AM GMT
    So I went to the gym today to find out my bf% and I found out something that pissed me off. Last time I went, a trainer told me I have 27% bf. However, today a different trainer used a different device to measure my bf and it came out to 15% bf. The first guy obviously got it wrong which pissed me off cause 27% is unusual, but at lesst now I know. Does this make a difference in what I have to do?
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    Aug 22, 2008 9:54 AM GMT
    Id be very wary it all depends on how they measured you what scale they used etc at the end of the day its just a guide. If they used a machine they could have had your body type as athletic or average define either if you can.

    You know what you have to lose the application is the same regardless of size.

    On the diet think up a better strategy and try and nail that diet within 100 calories max ideally 50.

    Try something like this weekly:

    1: 2000 cals
    2 1800 cals
    3 1900 cals
    4 1700 cals
    5 1500 cals
    6 1600 cals
    7 1400 cals
    8 start at week 1 again

    It keeps your metabolism alive far better than a static level and is easier than mucking around with daily switches