lose and then gain or both?

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    Jan 08, 2008 8:09 PM GMT
    Just wondering what you guys think is best. To try to strip away fat and then add lean muscle or to do both at the same time?? Ive read so much supporting each idea...I know it depends on what your goal is but I know anytime I have just concentrated on getting in shape I do a combination of weights and cardio and it seems Ill add muscle and lose some fat...

    but is it best to concentrate on one more than the other?
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    Jan 08, 2008 11:33 PM GMT
    It kind of depends on where you're at now and what your goals are
    if you have a significant amt of weight to loss like 30 lbs or so I'd work on that first
    if not...it will serve you better to get on a healthy sensible diet and workout regimen
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    Jan 08, 2008 11:41 PM GMT
    I'm reading a book that pushes the idea of building muscle to up your metabolism. I'm gonna give it a shot.
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    Jan 08, 2008 11:48 PM GMT
    Another vote for duality. Build muscle and lose fat.
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    Jan 09, 2008 12:00 AM GMT
    I always go by the same thought process two goals means two sub standard results.

    Plus if you lose the excess fat then your lean muscle mass retained will look bigger providing you do it right. Add to that if you are in calorie deficit then your glycogen levels will go down as you lean out and the muscles take on that flatter harder appearance. Then when you come to bulk you get that wonderful glycogen rebound effect of the refeed in the first two weeks and its a great kick start for a bulk
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    Jan 09, 2008 12:03 AM GMT
    Not sure about anyone else, but I lost the weight first. It made it much easier to maintain the workout schedule because the results were visible. With my motivation up, I signed up with a trainer to learn how to build muscle the right way.