Body tends to store fat and burn muscle

  • xanek

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    Apr 15, 2010 4:16 PM GMT
    I have this sneaking suspicion that my body is loathe to burn fat, and build muscle but is quick to get rid of the muscle if it needs energy.

    I know that this may be a hormonal medical issue, but as I just turned 25 and have no insurance I can't really head out to the doctor's office to get those tests done.

    Has anyone here ever had a similar issue where their body comp is mostly fat, and even after losing a significant amount of weight (through diet/exercise I lost about 30lbs) is still a similar ratio of fat to muscle?
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    Apr 15, 2010 9:08 PM GMT
    Are you eating enough? If not, your body WILL store fat no matter what you do. It hearkens back to our caveman days where our bodies learned to store fat to stay alive in times of famine. When our primitive ancestors' clan failed in killing a mastodon for the winter, etc...
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    Apr 19, 2010 8:23 PM GMT
    What does your body currently look like?
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    Apr 19, 2010 8:54 PM GMT
    i have the same problem. i lost 60 lbs and though i have nice legs and arms (thanks to many who have told me, lol) i still have a significant amount of body fat. my friends who have years of experience in health and fitness told me to just wait it out, that im still young and my body will change as i get older. and others have told me this is the best i can do since it is in my genes. and i agree with them. i dont think i will loose anymore body fat due to the fact that my genes are that way. almost everyone in my family is like that and sadly i fell in the same category. although i have lost all that weight i am still fat. i need to lower my body fat % but have tried a lot of stuff and im still the same. i know that doesnt help, lol but im just saying i know how you feel.
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    Apr 19, 2010 9:04 PM GMT
    Yeah happened to me after loosing 65lbs... and I'm betting you lost yours through long hours of running/cycling stair climbing at a time and restrictive dieting

    Adipose is an endocrine tissue.....A huge one if it was 1/3 of your body

    Starting out at 25-30% and trying to just excessive cardio your way straight down to 10% seldom seems to work, hence the dreaded regain, or your body just reaching a plateau

    Drop 15 lbs max 10lbs of fat(2-5 water lbs that should come straight back) over 4 weeks
    Wait two-three months at least, train hard and gain that water weight & 4-5lbs lean mass
    Then you can drop another 10-15lbs and body should be in more of a position to shift fat rather than muscle

    Building muscle and dropping fat in 10lb increments lessens the endocrine effect of having adipose cells that are drained of fat stores and trying to get it back