Excuse my lack of knowledge on the subject (which is why I'm asking), but I'm wondering about how the whole fat loss / muscle gain thing works. Y'see, I had a body fat comp test and w that alone I made my goal to lose around 3% of body fat every few months, and w their scaling system, that would land me around a certain weight number, however, that is fat loss alone. I work out 3-4 times/week and am looking to gain muscle, and bcause muscle weight more than fat,
I am aware that the # on the scale doesn't totally matter, I assume I'd end up around the same weight, anyway? Does it take longer, or shorter to do both? Is it more difficult? I apologize if my q's aren't specific enough ) :
AGE: 24 FEMALE HEIGHT: 5'3.5 WEIGHT: 128.9 BODY FAT % AS OF MAY: 32% BODY FAT GOAL BY AUGUST: 28%
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on July 06, 2012
at 03:28 PM
So if your looking for recomposition (lose fat but keep or gain muscle) then you need the proper hormone signaling to do so. Lean mass (muscle) is metabolically expensive, so your body will sacrifice it when your losing weight unless it has good reason not to. A good reason not to is that you are using it to a significant degree. Resistance training signals this. Running like a hamster on a wheel does not (actually does the opposite).
So train hard a couple times a week and eat sufficient protein to retain/build lean mass. IMO lower carbs to lose the fat while doing this.