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Old 09-24-2006, 10:05 AM   #1
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losing weight... muscle or fat?

So I've been trying a newer diet with cardio for about three weeks now, and have lost about 7lbs. I feel as though it's a bit too rapid? How can I ensure that I am losing fat instead of muscle weight?

I eat 5 or 6 times a day with pretty healthly foods. I'm not really into protein shakes and supplements, I'm not trying to bulk or anything. I do HIIT every other day and just like a 40 minute regular cardio session on the others.
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Old 09-24-2006, 10:41 AM   #2
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Thats not too too rapid... you probably just lost some water weight, I was 260 and lost 20lbs quickly, all of that just water weight, then another 10lbs of fat, fat is very difficult...

twice a week do a quick weight lifting session, that way you will know that you are keeping your max's up...
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losing 1-2 lbs a week is considered healthy, anything more than that and you're most likely losing muscle as well.
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Man, that bimmerchop really is a smart guy

Like he said, 1-2lbs/week is what's considered not only the best for preserving muscle, but any more than that can be somewhat unsafe for the body. I wouldn't worry since you're just sliiiiightly over that mark, but you might want to slow it down just a bit. It sounds like you're doing cardio 7 days a week. I'd change that up to...

Sunday - regular cardio (or off day)
Monday - weights (push)
Tuesday - HIIT
Wednesday - weights (pull)
Thursday - HIIT
Friday - weights (legs)
Saturday - regular cardio (or off day)

If you keep your protein intake up and stay with the healthy foods, this should really help change the look of your body.

As a slight warning though, I've tried training 6 days/week before and found I became seriously overtrained very quickly even with a massive caloric intake. Overtraining can temporarily lower your testosterone levels which is bad for muscle, weightloss, overall affect, energy level, etc. It really wouldn't hurt to do hardcore HIIT two days/week and lift weights three while taking 1-2 days off. Your metabolism will rise with the extra muscle and the results will be exponential.
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thanks for the input, i really appreciate it. I hope it's not water weight... I've been drinking an exponentially greater amount of water with my meals for a sense of fullness.

I'll try to incorporate some weight lifting into the schedule, and an "Off Day" sounds like a good idea. Any advantages to doing an off day on a sunday vs. in the middle of the week to break it up?
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Regarding the off day, I suppose you could put it wherever you wanted. Your body isn't going to know or care what day you take off as long as you're not overtraining it. I just prefer to have weekend off from both school and lifting. With the split I wrote though, I think a saturday or sunday off day would be best as leg day can often be stressful on the body and lead to soreness. I certainly wouldn't want to do legs on monday and then HIIT on tuesday, but you can arrange it however you like best.
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