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How does one lose weight fast & build muscle AT THE SAME TIME?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I decided to google the question of how one loses weight and gains muscle mass at the same time because the answer seems to be contradictory.
Lose weight = eat less calories and gain muscle mass = eat more calories.
By the time I finished reading all google had to say, I felt like there was no real solution for me? I sent a sparker a spark message who has done incredibly well and is body building (its too soon for a reply) and then emailed a young man I know to be a real brain box and well informed due to regular googling all kinds of stuff with my question and this is his answer.
In addition he created a "way to eat for life" for his wife and she is looking amazing.
This was his reply...

To lose weight fast:
1: cut out breads and pastries COMPLETELY
2: no complex or refined sugars (including sweeteners etc.)
3: TONS of cardio... And not soft on yourself cardio like most people do... You only start burning fat after about 15-20 min of cardio. If you don't sweat...you won't lose weight...but just because your sweating doesn't mean you can stop, cos some people sweat easily and quickly.
4: make sure you have a protein shake or a protein rich diet to keep your energy levels stable... Protein rich diet includes Eggs and lean meat, not big meaty steaks or fatty mince as most people try to have 2-3 times a week claiming its for protein intake.
5: add balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar to as many of your meals as possible. It cuts fat extremely well.
6: drink water before EVERY meal, minimum a glass and a half... This will fill your stomach enough to prevent portion distortion but little enough to allow enough food to sustain energy levels. ( don't drink it an hour before the meal, that's cheating and won't do anything)

To build muscle:
1: remember if you are exercising hard and eating for weight loss your body will start eating its muscle tissue, to prevent that you must follow step 4 above.
2: muscle building exercises like : squats, lady push ups, crunches, elastic band work, stair climbing etc. ( these make your body feed the protein into your muscles and prevent your body eating the muscle and then losing muscle mass and tone)
3: eat 6 small meals a day (the 3 extra meals are not full meals, they are AN apple, A banana or any piece of fruit you prefer... So in effect it's 3 meals and 3 pieces of fruit in between meals)
This keeps your thermogenic core burning hot and strips the fat off muscles and so makes your body feed the muscles.

That's about it.

Kind Regards

So this is what I am already doing which is wonderful because it means that I am on the right path already. What I can do is add balsamic vinegar to EVERYTHING and did you know that a healthy dose of balsamic vinegar is FANTASTIC in tomato soup? emoticon
I just found that out this evening. The other thing I can do is...DONTspare the horses at boot camp and DONT have bad days for the next 3 months. If I feel that sugar or carb crave my back up plan will be to walk it off to the nearest shopping center to buy a bottle of water.
The money spent will have been worth it in the long run.
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    For me, I try to take on the philosophy of burning fat and building muscle.

    It's an interesting paradigm because muscle does weigh much more than fat.

    If you are strength training hard, your weight may actually stabilize, so be sure to take some other measurements of progress. My weight has even crept up a bit and people say I'm looking thinner, and I've lost an inch or so off my belly. The scale helps keep me focused on food and accountable, not so much as a measurement of success.

    Remember to check out some other measurements other than just weight.

    With that being said, keep up the good work, never give up and have fun.

    1830 days ago
  • AWOLF24
    Oooh - really like the balsamic vinegar in tomato soup tip!
    1831 days ago
    Love it
    1831 days ago
    Sounds doable.

    I should think you burn enough cal at boot camp.


    1831 days ago
  • GINA180847
    I just wonder if I can even do cardio at 66? I do a lot of walking but that is all. I agree with him about not eating bread or pastries at all. It is a conclusion I have reached after dancing around the issue for a long time. I would think "I'll cut back" but one always led to more. Getting rid of sugar is a forgone conclusion. I once heard that it leads to bodily inflammation and that is very bad, causes aging and makes you susceptible to illnesses.
    1832 days ago
    worth trying
    1832 days ago
    Interesting. Trouble with all the water before a meal or during, it isn't a healthy thing to do. It's a catch 22 emoticon one says do it, other expercts say don't. What to do..
    1832 days ago
    Muscle does weigh more than fat. When I go to the dr. they can't believe I weigh what I do. I get scolded, then when they see me, they realize I have more muscle than most girls. (not body builders muscle, just big calf muscle, arms, etc). I still have those 25 pounds to lose.

    Great information!
    1832 days ago
    Interesting information.
    1832 days ago
    It is true what Debbieanne has said, however it is also true that muscle sculpts the body and that muscle burns more calories than fat does. If I had a choice of weighing more but being strong, fit and sculpted...(I don't mean like a body builder sculpting of muscle), I'd take it in a heartbeat. emoticon
    1832 days ago
    in my honest opinion building muscles adds weight.
    1832 days ago
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