Gaining and Loosing

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    Oct 02, 2007 8:14 AM GMT
    Hello I am new, and do not have a lot of knowledge to do with this sort of thing, though am really enthusiastic in my weight training and especailly cardio.

    I am looking to gain weight(muscle)(which I seem to do ok at naturally) and loose some fat.

    This may seem a contradiction, though is it possible to do so, If I do a good amount of cardio, eat well and diciplined and continue my weights, will I be able to shred the unwated kg's of fat, as well as continue my gains in muscle?. I once read that it's hard to loose weight and not have it affected your gym work because you can 'burn' or 'loose' muscle in attempting to loose fat as well.

    Thanks in advance, sorry about the noobtacular question.
  • GQjock

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    Oct 02, 2007 9:23 AM GMT
    This is one of the most asked question on the forum
    from beginners to veterans alike
    yeah it can be done
    but you gotta get into it with the weights...be good at getting to the gym on a reg basis
    ,,,And get yourself on a Healthy diet
    nothing gimmicky just eat less lo-fat hi-protein no alcohol
    and eat four to five times daily smaller smarter meals
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    Oct 03, 2007 12:57 PM GMT
    yes it can be done but you are setting yourself an unrealistic goal for your level of knowledge on how to manipulate your diet appropriatly.

    To lose fat you need to be in deficit of your daily calorie intake (not an I eat well)

    To gain muscle you need to be in excess (and not too much or you will add just as much fat)

    Protein is not a magical formula, referring to your other thread, the body in most cases would only need 20% of what you are consuming in the form of protein in you existing "eat well" diet. You then state that you would go for a carb free one as tho this is a great statement. You couldnt be further from the truth carbs fuel a workout without them you'll be asking the body to burn reserves and in the process will convert much needed protein.

    Will weightloss leed to muscle loss? Depends on the strategy you employ and how you go about creating that calorie deficit.

    You mention the running for fat burning, in reality you are running for calories you neednt have just eaten then

    Have a read around the boards and fire away if you aint sure about other stuff.

    best advice would be tho sort out one goal, get that right first and then decide where you want to go. If its losing fat, do it in a way where you wont lose Lean muscle mass as it will appear big than a rounded fat muscle anyway.

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    Oct 03, 2007 1:24 PM GMT
    Sweet thanks a lot for the replies there. I understand what you guys are saying. I will try keep it simple and stick to one goal. My knowledge on having an apropriate diet is increasing I feel and my parents are helping me out in that area. I don't really need to loose any kg's I am at a health weight. So I am going to focus more so on the gym, and just run for lesiure and my owns enjoyment. Keeping things simple seems best.