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Will you always look flabby without resistance training?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 05, 2012 at 11:20 PM

I am losing weight on a VLC diet (40g of carbs a day or less). My protein and fat comes from bacon, chicken, beef, tofu (apostate!), cheese and lots of eggs. My exercise consists of walking about 40 minutes a day and never using elevators or escalators. I want to know if I can lose my spare tire this way. Or do I have to start doing some kind of weight training? What kind of exercise do I have to do to lose my spare tire? A parent of a small child, I don't have a lot of time or money for the gym.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 19, 2012
at 10:23 AM

You know, I did an analysis, and tofu is actually more expensive than chicken here on a calorie per yen basis. I am going to lay off the tofu. Thanks for the information.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on April 08, 2012
at 11:28 PM

Um, soy made in the USA is mostly GMO soy - unless it says organic. Even so, why eat the equivalent of birth control pills in a fake meat like substance?

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on April 06, 2012
at 12:04 PM

v. nice answer Jenny J!

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 06, 2012
at 01:47 AM

Also, what are the cheap meat options in Japan you are referring to?

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 06, 2012
at 12:59 AM

Got it. thanks.

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on April 06, 2012
at 12:43 AM

It means the exercise matters little, if you're eating right you'll find your six pack or "lean out" and lose love handles, belly fat etc.

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(15976)

on April 06, 2012
at 12:37 AM

The more lean muscle mass you build, through resistance training usually, the more hormonal signals you'll create that will probably liberate up some of that flab. It certainly won't hurt! Adding muscle itself will start burning fat but those hormones firing, from the muscle, will help out, too. Win win there.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 06, 2012
at 12:28 AM

What does that mean?

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 06, 2012
at 12:27 AM

OK. I will try it. But one good thing about tofu in Japan (irradiated and GMO or not) is that you can read right on the label that it's made with soy beans from the U.S. and Canada, and thus rest assured that it is not contaminates with Fukushima radionuclides. My desire to avoid radionuclides post-fukushima complicates my shopping quite a bit these days.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 05, 2012
at 11:53 PM

And I eat about 300 grams of tofu a day, because it's cheap where I live (Japan).

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 05, 2012
at 11:52 PM

I guess I'm of the Gary Taubes school of thought that if you aren't eating carbs, fat is self-regulating. If you eat too much or too little, your body will automatically make it up by adjusting energy expenditure. Counting calories is futile, because you can't consciously control your intake in the long run. Have you read "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It?"

1bbcd2122d9c75b07440f22ef57d6448

(2934)

on April 05, 2012
at 11:49 PM

Even better, how many calories are you eating? Even purging all potentially problematic foods from your diet, you can still put on the pounds if you're eating way above your calorie needs. Make sure your basics are in check before you go nitpicking every little thing.

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34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

"Abs are made in the kitchen" is what I've found to be true.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 06, 2012
at 12:28 AM

What does that mean?

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on April 06, 2012
at 12:43 AM

It means the exercise matters little, if you're eating right you'll find your six pack or "lean out" and lose love handles, belly fat etc.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 06, 2012
at 12:59 AM

Got it. thanks.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 06, 2012
at 12:40 AM

You don't have to have structured weight training to start seeing an acceleration in muscle tone. What you look like is mostly about food, and it's great that you are getting movement in the form of walking/stairs.

That being said, there are a lot of easy ways to lift heavy things and do more full-body activities without going to the gym. Doing push ups requires no equipment- I did wall push ups, graduated to knee push ups, and then full push ups, and I think it helps the appearance of my arms and improves my posture. Doing squats and planks is another great way to use your own body weight to get a workout. I use my cast iron pans and a really full stove top kettle (the latter is great balance practice) for my weights. A full 1-L water bottle is good for starting triceps weights. Any of these activities can be done whenever you have a spare few minutes. Because you can't really "target" areas very effectively (ie doing ab exercises only to try and get a six pack is not going to pan out very easily) any of these little strength movements throughout the day will help increase your activity levels and strength.

Sprints are great, I do mine in a park in the evening when it's a bit quieter so I don't feel paranoid going all out. I also sometimes run up the stairs in my apartment for a quick study break, then walk down as a cool down.

Adding these little things, just a bit at a time, is a good way to workout without dedicating huge chunks of time to it. You can go on Mark's Daily Apple or similar sites if you want to get some workout plans if you prefer something more structured. Of course, you did mention you have a small child, I was shocked at how tired I get after hauling a 3 year old around all day. My arms are literally shaking at the end of the day, and my abs kills from having to support both of us upright when navigating the streets sometimes. So that can be a workout in itself!

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on April 06, 2012
at 12:04 PM

v. nice answer Jenny J!

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1bbcd2122d9c75b07440f22ef57d6448

(2934)

on April 05, 2012
at 11:37 PM

It is possible to lose fat with only diet (although you may see faster results with cardio or strength training). "Flabbiness" is a somewhat objective term, as I still think I have some "flabby" bits at 10% bodyfat, but fat will definitely go away. Still, if you want definition or a muscular appearance, resistance training will help. Definition can be gained with bodyweight exercises, but it will be slower and the final results will be less pronounced.

Sprints are an excellent (and free and quick) way to accelerate your fat loss. Start incorporating them into your walks -- sprint to the next tree or the end of the street, and continue walking until you've recovered your breath. Then sprint to the next landmark. You may be exhausted at first, but you'll find yourself being able to go longer and faster in no time. It's also infinitely scalable, from rank beginners to professional athletes.

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on April 06, 2012
at 12:32 AM

I was a rail growing up, and my bodyfat was never above 10%. I was a cardio junky from the age of about 8 years old. At 16 I added lots of weight training and put on roughly 40lbs of lean mass in a a year and a half and dropped my body fat to between 4 and 8% year round. I did and still do cardio 4-5x per week (combination of HIIT and LISS), abs for 10-15 minutes 4-5x per week, and resistance training 4-6x per week. If one can combine a clean paleo diet with restiance training AND cardio, you'll likely reverse a lot of diabetes like symptoms and build an enviable physique. Consistency and intensity is key.

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on April 05, 2012
at 11:59 PM

You gotta drop the tofu. Especially because in Japan its gmo and irradiated. There are so many meat options (cheap too) in Japan. Try it and see how you feel!

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 06, 2012
at 12:27 AM

OK. I will try it. But one good thing about tofu in Japan (irradiated and GMO or not) is that you can read right on the label that it's made with soy beans from the U.S. and Canada, and thus rest assured that it is not contaminates with Fukushima radionuclides. My desire to avoid radionuclides post-fukushima complicates my shopping quite a bit these days.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 06, 2012
at 01:47 AM

Also, what are the cheap meat options in Japan you are referring to?

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on April 08, 2012
at 11:28 PM

Um, soy made in the USA is mostly GMO soy - unless it says organic. Even so, why eat the equivalent of birth control pills in a fake meat like substance?

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 19, 2012
at 10:23 AM

You know, I did an analysis, and tofu is actually more expensive than chicken here on a calorie per yen basis. I am going to lay off the tofu. Thanks for the information.

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B23318c968ac589b87131d5b489d6e16

(1294)

on April 05, 2012
at 11:45 PM

How much tofu are you eating? A large amount could disrupt estrogen levels, which can mess with weight loss.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 05, 2012
at 11:53 PM

And I eat about 300 grams of tofu a day, because it's cheap where I live (Japan).

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 05, 2012
at 11:52 PM

I guess I'm of the Gary Taubes school of thought that if you aren't eating carbs, fat is self-regulating. If you eat too much or too little, your body will automatically make it up by adjusting energy expenditure. Counting calories is futile, because you can't consciously control your intake in the long run. Have you read "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It?"

1bbcd2122d9c75b07440f22ef57d6448

(2934)

on April 05, 2012
at 11:49 PM

Even better, how many calories are you eating? Even purging all potentially problematic foods from your diet, you can still put on the pounds if you're eating way above your calorie needs. Make sure your basics are in check before you go nitpicking every little thing.

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