Thursday, February 4, 1999

What do I do if I want lose weight and build muscle?

Should I focus on losing weight and then building muscle because the two require different diets and methods to achieve them.
In order to lose weight I am told to increase my cardiovascular activity but decrease my caloric intake. To put it simply exercise more, eat a balanced meal low in fat and avoid excessive carbohydrates(So to me that means run and eat your vegetables and the right fruits). But in order to build muscle I read that you need to cut down on your cardio. Is this true? This is the first part of my dilemma. The second is the fact that to build muscle one must eat A LOT of protein and meals higher in calories. I simply wish to be point in the right direction. Often time people try to cover both with one quick and very general work out. I want the best result for both problems. Thank you for any tip and suggestion.

Answer on What do I do if I want lose weight and build muscle?

You can do both at the same time! Think of it like this, you can hit the gym 5 days a week and weight train like a pro, but, unless you lose FAT, you will not be able to see those wonderful muscles! So, cardio 5 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes. Cardio can be broken up too. So, 15 min in the morning, 15 min at night. I weight train 3 days a week because I like a well defined toned body, but I had planned on losing a few pounds at the same time. Which brings me to my next point..do not pay attention to a scale so much, what you SHOULD be looking at is your body fat. You want to be lean and muscular, so you may end up even weighing MORE than you do now because muscle is much more dense than fat, but as long as you have a low body fat level you are in great shape. Now on to eating: instead of focusing on eating fruits and vegetables, consider eating clean which is basically eating healthy or organic (no pesticides etc.) I can go on and on talking about basic nutrition, and I am not sure if you want the info! Basically, you need protein because that will make you bulk up fairly quickly. Carbs are not evil. Carbs are actually VITAL to brain/body. Just make sure you are getting "good" carbs rather than "bad" carbs (there is a huge difference). Also, your caloric intake will be based on many things, your hight, weight, workout activity and duration etc. So no one can say lower your calories. Eating lean is what you need to focus on. This includes chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, nuts, grains. Obviosly you want to shy away from soda, candy, fats etc. BTW soda is terrible terrible terrible for your body!