Will the fat "eat itself" if I keep lifting and eating better, or do I have to actively lose weight?

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    Mar 24, 2014 10:02 PM GMT
    Okay, so I have asthma, and therefore cardio is really annoying for me to do. I am also on the skinny side, so I've been told before not to do cardio anyway. However, I've been drinking more than usual on weekends (and will stop immediately) and while I'm getting more muscular, the alcohol is also increasing my body fat %!!! icon_evil.gif

    My question is this: If I keep lifting and change my diet (more frequent meals, no alcohol) to increase my metabolic rate, will this stomach/side fat get burned off just by me keeping lifting? I'm new to this; thanks.
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    Mar 25, 2014 3:06 AM GMT
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    Mar 25, 2014 4:39 AM GMT
    YourName2000 said
    LC92 saidMy question is this: If I keep lifting and change my diet (more frequent meals, no alcohol, better quality carbs) to increase my metabolic rate, will this stomach/side fat get burned off just by me keeping lifting? I'm new to this; thanks.

    Yes. Building muscle raises your basal metabolic rate, so even just sitting around, you're burning more calories. If at the same time you're getting rid of empty calories (alcohol, sugar), increasing your fiber (for fullness and to slow the absorption of sugars), you should see new results. Losing weight *is* working to change the balance of your "calories in vs calories out"...dieting reduces your metabolism (body goes into starvation mode)...what you're talking about will increase your metabolism (your 'calories out'.) An important note: not all calories are the same. Protein and fat make you full, an abundance of fast carbs at one sitting will stimulate fat storage, and there are doctors who say avoid wheat because one of the proteins in it actually stimulates hunger and overeating.

    A lot of guys on here swear by the Paleo diet. You may want to search the archive for helpful past threads.



    Oh, so I don't have to do much cardio! Wait, but what about guys who have a lot of muscle but still have high body fat?
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    Mar 25, 2014 5:16 AM GMT
    If you eat really low carb your body goes into ketosis and eats the fat stores in your body to fuel you.
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    Mar 25, 2014 3:34 PM GMT
    Thom1993 saidIf you eat really low carb your body goes into ketosis and eats the fat stores in your body to fuel you.


    But isn't the muscle the first thing to go, since it's "less necessary for survicL and takes lots of calories to maintain?
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    Mar 25, 2014 6:35 PM GMT
    Its the fat that goes first but if you stay in ketosis too long and you have no fat reserves then the body does turn on the muscles and then the organs given they're kinda muscles anyways.
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    Mar 25, 2014 7:27 PM GMT
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    LC92 saidMy question is this: If I keep lifting and change my diet (more frequent meals, no alcohol, better quality carbs) to increase my metabolic rate, will this stomach/side fat get burned off just by me keeping lifting? I'm new to this; thanks.

    Yes. Building muscle raises your basal metabolic rate, so even just sitting around, you're burning more calories. If at the same time you're getting rid of empty calories (alcohol, sugar), increasing your fiber (for fullness and to slow the absorption of sugars), you should see new results. Losing weight *is* working to change the balance of your "calories in vs calories out"...dieting reduces your metabolism (body goes into starvation mode)...what you're talking about will increase your metabolism (your 'calories out'.) An important note: not all calories are the same. Protein and fat make you full, an abundance of fast carbs at one sitting will stimulate fat storage, and there are doctors who say avoid wheat because one of the proteins in it actually stimulates hunger and overeating.

    A lot of guys on here swear by the Paleo diet. You may want to search the archive for helpful past threads.



    Oh, so I don't have to do much cardio! Wait, but what about guys who have a lot of muscle but still have high body fat?


    They have bad diets.
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    Mar 25, 2014 11:19 PM GMT
    I see; that makes a lot of sense. Thanks guys. Cardio is healthy but I'm glad I won't have to be doing as much of it as I thought. I just want to get rid of this stomach and start showing my abs icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 26, 2014 3:05 AM GMT
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    LC92 saidI see; that makes a lot of sense. Thanks guys. Cardio is healthy but I'm glad I won't have to be doing as much of it as I thought. I just want to get rid of this stomach and start showing my abs icon_wink.gif

    Well, if your pic is accurate, you're already damn close. Just keep doing whatever you're doing, with sensible tweaks as suggested (and more importantly, as your body responds to: this is as much about knowing *that* --what works for *you*).

    But still enjoy yourself along the way. Whatever "fault" you think not having abs at this very second is (and it isn't any), it's not anything that should keep you from being very proud of the physique you've got when you're meeting other young guys. You have one youth; don't waste it waiting for everything to be "perfect"....there will always be some new goal, some thing you want to change or improve, but you've got to keep living in the present and enjoying life today while you're doing it.

    Don't become one of those body dysmorphic guys who see themselves as ugly, even as amazing guys are lining up, trying hard to get their attention to tell them they're actually damn hot. icon_wink.gif


    Thank you for the advice. It's kinda weird, because ever since I've started to work out again, I feel like I just realized how much time I wasted trying to look how I wanted due to nutrition. Knowledge is power because if I had known more about nutrition than what I've been learning recently, I'd be way ahead. But yes, taking it kinda slow is the healthy way, as you suggested. I'm eating 1/3 protein, 1/3 complex carbs, and 1/3 vegetables, and I think I'm starting to notice an improvement. Same with eating more "metabolic" foods.
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    Mar 30, 2014 11:50 PM GMT
    You can lose weight by just eating perfectly healthy foods, cutting back on wheat products, sugar, and junk food totally. I've been 154 5' 9" for a whole year now. No need for excessive cardio. I swim once a week, walk my dog daily and play some sports weekly.

    You have to radicallly change what you eat to be able to lose weight - lifting weights only. But you appear young and slim anyway.