Leaning out

  • tyguy115

    Posts: 1

    Mar 08, 2018 12:31 PM GMT
    If i am in a modest calorie deficit. Why not just do cardio for optimum caloric loss? How much muscle can I really lose?
  • bro4bro

    Posts: 2200

    Mar 08, 2018 6:25 PM GMT
    You'd be foolish to avoid cardio, and not just because it burns calories. Elevating your heart rate is healthy. And in today's world you never know when you may need to run away from something.

    If you overdo it on cardio you may lose some muscle mass but if you choose wisely it won't be a significant amount. Running long distance does tend to break down muscle but there's no need to run marathons; three miles at a good hard pace is plenty. Swimming is also good for burning calories without losing mass.

    Just concentrate your cardio workouts on strength rather than endurance (e.g. sprints instead of distance) and you should be fine.
  • tonyatl

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    Mar 08, 2018 6:35 PM GMT
    tyguy115 saidIf i am in a modest calorie deficit. Why not just do cardio for optimum caloric loss? How much muscle can I really lose?


    muscle is far more durable than"Conventional" wisdom states. long steady state cardio sessions are not a great idea for bodybuilding or even weight loss. High intensity "cardio" such as sprinting is more effective.
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    Mar 09, 2018 3:29 AM GMT
    If cardio is valuable from a heart health standpoint and cannot be replaced with weight lifting, that's terrible news for fast metabolism guys who would have to eat even more calories just to make room for such exercises. My Otomix shoes are definitely not made for cardio! icon_lol.gif