Goal: buff/put on muscle. Lose body fat first?

  • WolfInSpace

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    Jun 09, 2013 10:56 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    This is my first new topic on RJ! Woohoo! icon_smile.gif

    I'm 25 and I work a sedentary job as a software consultant. My diet isn't the best and although I walk a lot, I don't get much aerobic exercise. I do go to the gym a couple times a week to do weights.

    I haven't been progressing toward my goal of getting buff, and I understand why. I know I need to go to the gym more often and get serious about my diet. And I do realise that getting buff is gonna take a lot of effort and time. But I feel unfocused, and I think a lack of not knowing what to focus on may be hindering my motivation to push myself.

    My question is: do I try to get my body fat percentage down to a particular level first through cardio and eating right first, and then attempt to put on muscle, or do I continue trying to do both at the same time?

    I guess I just need a bit of extra support and advice to give me some self-confidence.

    Thanks,
    Ryan
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    Jun 10, 2013 12:09 AM GMT
    No. This is one of the top fitness myths. You DO NOT have to lose fat before trying to gain muscle mass.

    Your muscles will develop even if you have extra body fat. And exercise with proper diet burns the extra body fat.
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    Jun 10, 2013 2:00 AM GMT
    Heres the deal: during any bulking phase you WILL gain fat. There really isn't any way around unless you maintain the strictest of diet - which is not fun and you'll just hate it.
  • HottJoe

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    Jun 10, 2013 3:18 AM GMT
    Muscle
  • rrrespect

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    Jun 10, 2013 4:15 PM GMT
    Add muscle and raise your metabolic rate to burn more calories all day, every day.
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    Jun 10, 2013 5:57 PM GMT
    If you're new to weightlifting, it is likely that during the first few months of serious training you'll both gain muscle and lose weight. That's called a "recomp" and is very diffiicult unless you're a newb, which it sounds like you are.

    I would up the weightlifting to at least 3x/week consistently, and start paying attention to your diet. Get a good diet plan and count calories. Then re-evaluate in a few months.
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    Jun 11, 2013 2:44 AM GMT
    Both at the same time, workout and eat well. You can actually over-cardio and burn muscle unless you keep a diet high in protein and good fats
  • Whipmagic

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    Jun 11, 2013 2:48 AM GMT
    Unintended said
    xrichx saidNo. This is one of the top fitness myths. You DO NOT have to lose fat before trying to gain muscle mass.

    Your muscles will develop even if you have extra body fat. And exercise with proper diet burns the extra body fat.


    Agreed. Gaining muscle mass and losing body fat are not mutually exclusive.


    It just gets harder and harder to do both at the same time as you progress. You'll reach an equilibrium that you may or may not be happy with. Then, if you want to go further, you need to start dividing our training into cycles, with the proper mix of exercises and corresponding diet for each phase. But te steady state that you can reach simply by regular, intense exercise and good eating habits is generally no too shabby to begin with.
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    Jun 11, 2013 2:49 AM GMT
    Whipmagic said
    Unintended said
    xrichx saidNo. This is one of the top fitness myths. You DO NOT have to lose fat before trying to gain muscle mass.

    Your muscles will develop even if you have extra body fat. And exercise with proper diet burns the extra body fat.


    Agreed. Gaining muscle mass and losing body fat are not mutually exclusive.


    It just gets harder and harder to do both at the same time as you progress. You'll reach an equilibrium that you may or may not be happy with. Then, if you want to go further, you need to start dividing our training into cycles, with the proper mix of exercises and corresponding diet for each phase. But te steady state that you can reach simply by regular, intense exercise and good eating habits is generally no too shabby to begin with.


    This is spoken by someone who knows, hence the theory of Tabata....btw, hey man!