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Offline musician_for_God

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Working out towards "bulking up".  Seriously!  Sure, the workout is not necessarily a fun thing in itself, BUT, you get to still increase your body's health and keep fat away, WHILE eating more normal amounts and kinds of food than you have to when dieting.
On a whim, I took to heart a suggestion from an acquaintance of mine, and recently switched from dieting and losing weight to weight training.

That was two weeks ago.  But only today did I finally do enough research on the subject to realize something very pleasing indeed: While weight training, I get to eat much more normal and good-tasting food, and a more normal quantity of it -- and I still won't gain any significant fat, but WILL gain muscle.   ::clappingoverhead::

It's an increasingly common question for those who want to get in shape: "slim down", or "bulk up"?  Both are very healthy.  Of course, there's also a third option: regular/cardio-style fitness workouts while dieting.  But I've tried that too, and I much prefer being able to eat normally and building muscle.  That may be because I'm a guy; I can see why women wouldn't necessarily want to build muscle.

But whoever does decide to go the bulking-up route to fitness has the most enjoyable diet of all three routes:  you get high calories, high protein -- even high fat!  That last part really amazed me: I found out I am REQUIRED to eat more fat than I'm currently eating, because a good amount of fat is actually necessary for building muscle.  So, I got my Chipotle burrito with guacamole today.  ::smile::

I probably have another 10 pounds or so of body fat I'd like to eliminate in the future, but that can wait until I bulk up some.  The goals of losing fat and of gaining muscle require two different diets, if you want to make significant progress in those areas.  So, my opinion is that it's best to concentrate on just one of those goals at a time, and change your diet accordingly.

But ya, if you need a break from your oppressive diet, building muscle is a guilt-free way to start eating a good deal more the way you feel like eating.
« Last Edit: Fri Jan 13, 2012 - 13:58:04 by musician_for_God »

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 ::amen!::

Page right out of my own book.

To see myself in the mirror today, I look completely different. Sometimes I'm like "who is this guy?"

But guess what? Building muscle burns MANY more calories than cardio, and that's because the recovery and muscle-building process is burning tons of calories all around the clock post-workout.

It also raises testosterone.  ::smile::

Plus, what I've also found--now that I have much more muscle than I used to--is that when you need to burn off some weight gain, it's much easier, because you have more muscle burning more calories; moving heavier weight=burning more calories!

I'd never second-guess your methods because I'm certain I have more to learn, but I've had to learn a lot about the function of foods. For example, I don't ever want to raise my blood sugar very high unless I'm going to use them in a workout, or toward the beginning of the day. Otherwise it will trigger fat-storage. Eating to little causes fat storage. Too many calories at once causes fat storage.

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The goals of losing fat and of gaining muscle require two different diets

Somewhat, but in either case you want to make every calorie count. I've seen some guys say they're going through a "bulking phase" and they put on fat.  ::frown:: You cut SOME high-glycemic, starchy carbs (no good reason to skimp on veggies) and saturated fats.

Nevertheless, a not-so-lean steak is where it's at for bulking!

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Ya, I'm learning more and more each day, too.  I'm already formulating my fat-losing / muscle-preserving plan for July, after I've gained some muscle.  The "target for elimination" being my belly.  I'm walking, doing crunches, side crunches, and oblique twists, but there's clearly a pillow of fat there that just needs to be burned off through fat loss.  In the meantime, I'm just doing what I can to tighen the area, and I'm satisfied with doing that until I'm ready to take a break from muscle building and concentrate fully on the belly elimination.

Speaking of a "Who is this guy?" moment, yesterday I found myself pouring light plain soy milk into Kashi Go Lean cereal, and I thought, "What have I become?!"  I'm mainly doing the Kashi to put more fiber in my diet, but it's a good protein source too.

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musician_for_God, you can't choose where you burn fat.  It's actually proven that it takes around 250,000 crunches to burn a single pound of fat.  Now before you start crunching away, the best way to burn fat is to do exercises that work multiple muscle groups, such as squats, deadlifts, push ups, etc.  The more muscles you burn, the more energy you use = the more calories you burn!  Doing crunches and sit-ups and whatnot won't necessarily burn fat on your belly.  Neither will doing bicep curls burn fat on your arms.  Your body just burns fat, period.  You can't choose where.  Just do exercises that use multiple muscle groups for the best results. 

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musician_for_God, you can't choose where you burn fat.  It's actually proven that it takes around 250,000 crunches to burn a single pound of fat.  Now before you start crunching away, the best way to burn fat is to do exercises that work multiple muscle groups, such as squats, deadlifts, push ups, etc.  The more muscles you burn, the more energy you use = the more calories you burn!  Doing crunches and sit-ups and whatnot won't necessarily burn fat on your belly.  Neither will doing bicep curls burn fat on your arms.  Your body just burns fat, period.  You can't choose where.  Just do exercises that use multiple muscle groups for the best results. 


Yeah, this is true. Sometimes I think that it doesn't do too much harm for people to THINK that ab workouts help get rid of their bellies because a strong core is just about the most important thing for every other lift, right?

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musician_for_God, you can't choose where you burn fat.  It's actually proven that it takes around 250,000 crunches to burn a single pound of fat.  Now before you start crunching away, the best way to burn fat is to do exercises that work multiple muscle groups, such as squats, deadlifts, push ups, etc.  The more muscles you burn, the more energy you use = the more calories you burn!  Doing crunches and sit-ups and whatnot won't necessarily burn fat on your belly.  Neither will doing bicep curls burn fat on your arms.  Your body just burns fat, period.  You can't choose where.  Just do exercises that use multiple muscle groups for the best results.  


I knew 100% of the above already.  Perhaps I didn't correctly explain what I meant in regards to my goal.  The crunches are simply to build muscle tone around the belly area, not specifically to burn fat.  That's why I wrote "tighten the area". And by "targeting", I was speaking in a goal-orienting sense, focusing on my goal of bringing my belly as much into proportion with the rest of my body as possible, while always understanding that I have, like everyone else, a certain basic genetic fat distribution that cannot be changed.  So ya, I know all of that.   ::smile::

In regards to my goal, if fat is always genetically going to concentrate in my belly area, I can build muscle in my chest, but not build up my abs.  (So you don't misunderstand again, I mean keep working my abs to tone and to perserve their strength and endurance, but not towards bulking them up in size, since my belly has more than enough size by nature.)  And yes, I am intending to reduce the fat all over my body -- but build and preserve the muscle in my chest, arms, and legs.  That will bring my belly into proportion.
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Oh-kay, I wasn't sure if that was what you meant for not lol.  After I posted my comment, I second guessed myself on how I interpreted it.  Sorry about that.

Well doing crunches and sit-ups are one degree, as I like to say, for tightening your abdominal area.  Some of the best exercises I heard for strengthening and tightening the core are planks and mountains climbers.  You see, decades ago scientists thought the purpose of the core was to flex the spine.  It was later revealed that the purpose of the core is to stabilize the spine, so doing planks and mountains climbers, exercises that force you to keep your body posture upright with the spine stabilized, are among the best core/ab exercises you can do. 

Sorry if you already knew this too, just wanting to help out  rofl

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Oh-kay, I wasn't sure if that was what you meant for not lol.  After I posted my comment, I second guessed myself on how I interpreted it.  Sorry about that.

Well doing crunches and sit-ups are one degree, as I like to say, for tightening your abdominal area.  Some of the best exercises I heard for strengthening and tightening the core are planks and mountains climbers.  You see, decades ago scientists thought the purpose of the core was to flex the spine.  It was later revealed that the purpose of the core is to stabilize the spine, so doing planks and mountains climbers, exercises that force you to keep your body posture upright with the spine stabilized, are among the best core/ab exercises you can do.  

Sorry if you already knew this too, just wanting to help out  rofl

 ::applause::  No problem.  I type on forums a lot, and miscommunication just gets frustrating, and it's easy to do in a text-forum format.  No, I didn't know anything in your latest post, and I'll take it all to heart.  I'll definitely look into what I might be able to do in that regard "on the cheap" as they say (since "on the cheap" is the only way it can happen).
And I missed one thing -- your 250,000 crunches figure from your previous post was something I didn't know, but everything else was old news.  We health-and-fitness-interested people can get pretty passionate about promoting the "dos and don'ts" that we believe in, myself included, but I wish it were not so much that way when discussing the topic among ourselves.

 

     
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