Lose fat and gain muscle.
- 05-11-2014, 07:10 AM
- 05-11-2014, 03:11 PM
My personal opinion, focus on cutting (caloric deficit) if you want to lose fat and focus on the primary compound lifts. If you just started lifting you may add some muscle too.
05-11-2014, 03:14 PM
diet is the most important aspect, find that out first and foremost
next lift heavy in a calorie deficit or as heavy as you can...and hiit cardio, i'm also a big fan of Compete intra workout during your cut
05-12-2014, 01:06 AM
05-12-2014, 02:40 PM
Not being sarcastic, but if your only 82lbs @ 5/10" according to your profile... why do you want to lose fat..?
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05-12-2014, 06:14 PM
I've had some success with carb cycling, but you have to be very diligent with tracking macros and monitoring process. If this is your first time cutting, I suggest just dieting to lose fat
05-12-2014, 09:03 PM
05-12-2014, 09:13 PM
05-12-2014, 09:21 PM
I'm tired of people trying to give a glimmer of hope to the natural lifter that he may be able to shed pounds of fat and still put on muscle. If you JUST started lifting you may be able to do that for the first 6 months or so or if you're a teenager and started lifting when you were very lean you should have no problem slapping on pounds of muscle without gaining fat at all depending on diet and metabolism. If you aren't either of those and you aren't using steroids focus on putting muscle on with minimal fat gain. You are going to gain SOME fat it's inevitable. The less amount of fat you put on the easier it will be to shred it off. When it's time to shred off fat focus on maintaining or even gaining strength and maintaining muscle. Google Total Daily Energy Expenditure and basal metabolic rate. These two terms should lead you in the right direction. Oh and if you're diet isn't on point and you don't know how many calories and macros you're taking in you need to figure that out ASAP
05-12-2014, 09:24 PM
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05-12-2014, 09:51 PM
I completely agree with what JD mentioned earlier, it's extremely difficult for a natural lifter. When I carb cycled I pretty much went on a very slow cut where I may have gained very little LBM.
If you are really interested in carb cycling you should check out Lyle Mcdonald's forum and look into "every other day re feeds". I believe he is the guru of nutrition for a natural lifter and has many books on weight loss and protein intake that are very valuable. I've personally tried his rapid fat loss diet, UD2, and have read his protein book ( tons of awesome information in all of those on how metabolic processes work for fat loss and muscle building. )
I recommend educating yourself a bit more on basic nutrition and dial in your macros and your physique will change accordingly.
05-12-2014, 09:54 PM
05-12-2014, 09:57 PM
06-02-2014, 06:45 AM
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06-02-2014, 10:10 AM
To start with I would focus on just make sure you udnerstand the basic knowledge of loosing body fat and not weight loss. If you are looking for something very rapid, you can look into the Anabolic Diet. I have used this on countless competitors and it works great. Keep in mind it is NOT a keto diet. It says that in the book itself. So when someone says that, just ignore them because they alone havent done the research. Again just another way to go about it.
To continue on your fat loss, I would look into HIIT after your workouts, starting 2 days a week.
If you decide to use supplements to aid you, stick to basics - Whey Protean, Creatine, multi-vitamin. When you get to the point of adding in a thermo (if you choose to get to that point) look into Dexaprine.
I have said in multiple threads that you need to look at all the tools I just listed as just that, tools. They are not to all be added in at once, and that is the order you should go about this. First diet, than cardio, than supplements. If you do them all at once, there is a very high probability that you will stall out and stop making progress.
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06-02-2014, 10:40 AM
I find good results recomping (which is your goal) while carb cycling and doing a fullbody routine 3x per week, utilizing compound movements and barbell complexes.
When you want to accelerate fatloss, skip your carb up for a week, so you're in ketosis for 2 weeks. If you want more recomp effect, do weekly carb ups. Skipping the carb up for a week will really help shed fat though, all depends on your goals/progress. Lots of research to do.
06-02-2014, 02:03 PM
Toggle between cutting and bulking.
For cutting, IF diet will work. LG is a good one.
For bulking, low fat diet works well while not putting on excessive fat.
Toggle 4 weeks on each for a few months. Do some training/cardio while in fasted state, eat maintenance calories or slightly less. You'll lose weight. Get a fat burner or Ephedrine to help if needed.
Then bulk, for 4 weeks or so, eating above maintenance on training days and around maintenance on non-training days. You'll pack on a lb or two of muscle. You do this long enough and u can accrue several lbs of muscle while losing several lbs of fat.
Unless u were willing to use light doses of androgens, insulin and peptides, I wouldnt recommend tackling both at the same time - although its possible.
06-02-2014, 08:14 PM
This is the best way to gain mass and and looked cut up in my opinion.
06-02-2014, 08:38 PM
No, it isnt bro science. If u eat a bunch then go do cardio, you arent using fatty acids. Insulin in the blood dictates this. Yes, u burn energy. No, u dont use fatty acids. U cant. Insulin doesnt allow it.
So yes, fasted cardio or fasted training, or even fasted HIIT (which is a form of cardio) does work well. I apply it now actually and it works quite well. There are several impressive studies showing such results, which I may find the time to post here later.
Lets not get into a pissing match here, but just understand that I have researched well beyond the walls of bro science in the tune of 1000+ hours regarding metabolism and how the human hormones interact with food and training. I'm not ignorant. I have no agenda. I have nothing to prove or gain by helping this young man. I wouldnt tell him something that:
I wouldnt do myself
That doesnt work
Has no science to support it
If u can have the self discipline to become efficient at bulking and cutting, learning how to do it in a lean fashion and learning to retain muscle while cutting, it is far superior than getting fat then overtaxing urself with a 16 week cut, in which u stall out at week 8 and have to resort to severe calorie cutting and lose a great deal of that mass u gained leaving u worse off than if u'd just aim to pack on 2-3lbs at a time and cut a few lbs of mass at a time.
It may not sound appealing to u because u havent tried it, or because ur not good enough at either to do them clean and efficient, which is ok. Most arent.
06-02-2014, 08:54 PM
A good study right here:
A "mini-fast with exercise" protocol for fat loss.*B Bahadori, MF McCarty, J Barroso-Aranda, JC Gustin, and F Contreras*Med Hypotheses, October 1, 2009; 73(4): 619-22.
And later this study suggests that incorporating HIIT in the 12-14hr fasted window may work even better. The results of this fast were on average 7kg of fat loss in 6 weeks or so. Dramatic to say the least.
Also should look up John Parillo and Lean Gains - two totally different style of trainers that both agree that extended periods of fasting coupled with cardio/training net greater results than without the fasted state.
06-02-2014, 10:00 PM
Ive done fasted cardio and weight training and yes I lost weight but a good amount of it was muscle. From your first post its obvious that you go the ph route but as a natural lifter fasted cardio is not the best route to go. Minus the supplement plugs, this article gives you all the info you need to lose fat: http://www.t-nation.com/training/fas...io-eats-muscle. Slowly lose fat by slowly adjusting down your carbs and then when you good and cut up slowly adjust up by adding carbs back up. I tweak them 200 cals each time I stall out in either direction. Not trying to start a pissing match either but a lot of people on these forums make it way to complicated when it doesnt need to be for a person that just wants to look good at the pool.
Anyway, just my two cents. Hope everybody gets to their goals, however they get there, and can show off their beach muscles for the summer!
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