Everything I read says that you can not build muscle while losing fat...and that makes perfect sense to me...but....what if I eat 1200 calories a day (this is just a number) but I do a mass building work out program. Will my body take the energy stores from the fat on my body to build muscle since I wont be eating enough calories to do it through food?
obviously i would need to be taking in the correct kind of calories, like protein...but is it possible?
12-03-2010, 08:51 AM #1
23% BF - Will lifting heavy on a calorie deficit burn fat?
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12-03-2010, 09:21 AM #3
It's possible depending on your current stats and if you're new to dieting and lifting or taken a significant break from it.
How successful it is will depend on how much of a caloric deficit you impose, relative to your body fat % and weight, the macro breakdown of your caloric intake (protein, fat, carbs), and then, finally, your lifting protocol.
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It can be done...but like some people before me stated it is a very slow process...thats why most people choose to focus on cutting away body fat and then when they get to a % they are happy with they lean bulk....if you focus on one or the other results for the one you choose come faster than if you do bothRaw Meet PR's
12-03-2010, 01:29 PM #12
thanks for all the info guys
some more questions
lifting heavy is a no brainer, but when you say heavy...how heavy? should i be doing so much that i can barley do my last rep? should I focus on specific excercises more than others? I'm real sorry for these questions. I know a lot can be found on here, but there is just so much info it's hard to really always find what I am looking for. Not knowing what certain terms mean is really difficult too. like eating clean? what does that mean? low fats?
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12-05-2010, 11:39 AM #17
I've lost 65lbs so far and gained a lot of strength, however considering I have less weight on me now, and the fact that I went from not working out at all to working out 6 days a week, my body is going to adjust to the change and accomodate.
Aside from that, you're burning calories lifting heavy or light or otherwise. Just keep at it, don't neglect cardio.
12-05-2010, 12:57 PM #18
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There is no chance that you will gain any muscle at 1200 calories. It is just too low.
Building muscle requires not only a surplus of protein but a surplus of calories. Now it is possible to build some muscle when on a cut during the periods of the day when you have a surplus of food energy and protein. IE, right after you eat. However, at 1200 calories so much of your food energy will be put to work immediately after taking it in there will be little to none left over for adding muscle. If you were closer to your maintenance level the possibility for growth would be greater.
As for the question posed in your thread title: yes.04/2010 - 295 Fattest
11/11/11 - 171.8
12-05-2010, 12:59 PM #19
- Calorie deficit
- Plenty of water (3L minimum)
- Lifting hard
- Further deficit
- Increased intensity / Change workout
- Further loss in BF%
- Get to 12% BF
- Add cardio to weights
- Get to under 10% BF
- **** bishes left n right
- Take pics and post in misc
- ProfitIf the bar ain't bendin', you're only pretendin'
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