Losing pounds but gaining muscle....good or bad?

  • gymhead_anony...

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    Jan 17, 2009 10:13 PM GMT
    I went from 140 to 135. Seems to be gaining more muscle but losing pounds. But you also have to account for the fact that I dance monday-thursday and do yoga and lift weights. I eat constantly but have a quick metabolism. I look more cut and toned though. But is it normal - I'm not sure. But I feel I have a dancer's body than an athletic body you tell me. want to hear peoples insight. thanks.

    btw, if you want pics i'll unlock - just ask.
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    Jan 18, 2009 8:16 PM GMT
    Sounds good to me. You probably wouldn't want to go much lower in weight (and I know some people here would say that you weigh WAY too little already), but if it's working for you, that's great.

    One of the hottest guys I know is 5'7" and 140-145. He has an absolutely awesome body.
  • B71115

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    Jan 18, 2009 8:39 PM GMT
    unless you plan to walk around with a digital scale in your forehead, losing weight while gaining muscle is exactly what you want. you should be thrilled
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    Jan 23, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
    I thought that was impossible...
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    Jan 23, 2009 6:36 AM GMT
    zotty saidI thought that was impossible...


    Let's imagine someone who's 5'6" and 220 pounds with little if any muscular definition.

    Now let's imagine this person loses 60 pounds over a period of time during which he also trains effectively with weights.

    It's not hard to imagine that this person might well have more muscle after he's lost those 60 pounds than he had before.
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    Jan 23, 2009 6:50 AM GMT
    Well losing pounds is somewhat of a misnomer because all pounds are are the total weight that you gained or lost. What matters is the composition of that change. It is ALWAYS the goal to add muscle mass and lose bodyfat and no it is not impossible to do so. For extremely lean people with a very high metabolism it may seem very difficult but you can put on lean muscle while losing body fat at the same time. That is why diet/nutrition is sooooo important. People usually eat significantly less than they should when they are dieting and wind up sacrificing lean muscle tissue in order to lose weight quickly. If you feed yourself adequately and frequently through the day, you are very likely to add muscle while encouraging your body to let go of its fat stores because you are feeding it often enough to keep it out of starvation mode. So the answer is always eat clean and healthy then you will stay lean and when you want to add more muscle mass and focus on heavier training you just eat more of the same healthy foods to give your body the extra calories and energy it needs to repair, strengthen and grow!
  • allatonce

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    Jan 23, 2009 2:46 PM GMT
    I don't understand what could possibly be bad about that. That is pretty much everyone's goal, lose fat gain muscle.
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    Jan 23, 2009 2:55 PM GMT
    You're doing fine, and you're probably very healthy. I've had the same thing happen to me and, after the initial letdown of LOSING weight when you've been lifting hard, it all makes sense when you analyze your body composition a bit.

  • rnch

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    Jan 23, 2009 3:11 PM GMT
    sounds like a "win/win" situation to me!

    "I" should be SO lucky!!

    'course, i am 100 pounds heavier than u....
  • Timbales

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    Jan 23, 2009 3:12 PM GMT
    I was told losing weight while gaining muscle was the ideal.
  • Webster666

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    Mar 12, 2009 3:58 AM GMT
    You say that you eat constantly. My guess is that the problem is what you're eating, or how much. If you are eating a handful of nuts or a salad, and calling it a meal, then you're probably not eating enough.

    I started out with a thin body and fast metabolism. My job was very aerobic, and I lifted weights at the gym. I only gained weight (muscle not fat). I ate 5 full meals a day. And, it was real food, not junk food or garbage out of a vending machine.

    So, I think that you'e not eating enough.
  • Hunkymonkey

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    Mar 12, 2009 7:51 AM GMT
    add 2 protein shakes a day, with BCAA powder and 1 scoop of pulverized oatmeal. The oatmeal will break down very slowly, so it won't go to fat, qn and you will get an even flow of carbs for energy. Instead of the oatmeal, you can substitute 2 tbl of olive oil or flax seed oil. But don't take the oil and the carb together with the protein.