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tony3010
01-27-2007, 12:14 AM
Is it possible, and if so is it advisable?

I'm an 18 year old guy. I started out three weeks ago at 198, and while following a strict body building program (working out my entire body over the course of three days using mostly freeweights) I have also been trying to lose fat. I've been limiting my caloric intake, while trying to make sure I get enough protein. I generally eat 1600-2000 calories / day and exercise 6 times a week for ~45-60 minutes.

In the course of three weeks I've lost about 12 pounds. I'm afraid that this might be a little too fast for me to be just losing fat.

Any ideas, links to expert advice, anything?

Thanks.

Leigh P.
01-27-2007, 12:24 AM
-How tall are you?
-List your diet in detail
-List your routine in detail
-You stated 45-60 min session, is this just weight lifting? Is there any cardio in there for those 6 days?

skibbi9
01-27-2007, 05:49 AM
up your cals, you're starving yourself a bit.

get 2000-2400 or so.

ScottC
01-27-2007, 06:02 AM
up your cals, you're starving yourself a bit.

get 2000-2400 or so.

Read the stickies in the Losing Fat, Nutrition, and Workout Programs forums! They are loaded with a lot of good information to get you started...which is why they are there. When you are done with that, use the search feature to answer any other questions before posting them.
Here are a few to get you started:
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=81315
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=538637
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=492749

BigJohn308
01-27-2007, 06:37 AM
Read the stickies in the Losing Fat, Nutrition, and Workout Programs forums! They are loaded with a lot of good information to get you started...which is why they are there. When you are done with that, use the search feature to answer any other questions before posting them.
Here are a few to get you started:
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=81315
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=538637
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=492749

This is not a bash attempt, it is a serious question. Why is it that when folks ask questions they sometimes get a response like yours?

It is a message board and there is more than enough room for people to ask questions. Why not ask rather than search all bb.com/stickies/internet/etc....?

Is this merely a pet peeve of some or is there a legitimate reason for the response?

Perhaps I should just search for that.


As far as the orginal question, I am sure that to a certain degree you can gain muscle and lose fat. Many who just start training do lose fat and gain muscle. I believe once you have trained for some period that you have to choose one over the other. I have sen people lose fat and TRY to MAINTAIN what muscle they have, but they lose some as part of the leaning process. To actually GAIN muscle you need calories.

Moirae
01-27-2007, 07:18 AM
I agree you need to eat more..hell, im trying to do the same thing and eat 1600 calories a day, and work out 6 days a week with with cardio/weight training. I loose about 1/2# to 1# a week...slower now cause i am close to goal weight...but on average ppl loose 5# of water weight the first week....then men *on avg* loose 2-3# a week...this of course varies depending on the diet your using and if your strictly just trying to *loose weight*...there is no *cookie cutter* approach to diet and exercise..we are all unique and require different means to our goals...keep working with those free weights and dont over-do your cardio and you will get there.. and do check out those posts that were linked....educating yourself is the key here :D




Is it possible, and if so is it advisable?

I'm an 18 year old guy. I started out three weeks ago at 198, and while following a strict body building program (working out my entire body over the course of three days using mostly freeweights) I have also been trying to lose fat. I've been limiting my caloric intake, while trying to make sure I get enough protein. I generally eat 1600-2000 calories / day and exercise 6 times a week for ~45-60 minutes.

In the course of three weeks I've lost about 12 pounds. I'm afraid that this might be a little too fast for me to be just losing fat.

Any ideas, links to expert advice, anything?

Thanks.

ScottC
01-27-2007, 08:26 AM
This is not a bash attempt, it is a serious question. Why is it that when folks ask questions they sometimes get a response like yours?

It is a message board and there is more than enough room for people to ask questions. Why not ask rather than search all bb.com/stickies/internet/etc....?

Is this merely a pet peeve of some or is there a legitimate reason for the response?
1. The first rule of the Losing Fat forum is to read the stickies and run a search of the forum to answer questions, before they post them. See forum rules sticky:
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=263982

2. Sometimes it is easier to answer one's question(s) by referring them to where the information is located, rather than cutting and pasting, or spending the time re-writing it all.

OR, as in this case...

3. The poster asked specifically for "links to expert advice." Perhaps if you had read his post completely you would have seen this.

I hope this answers your questions.

SteR-
01-27-2007, 08:59 AM
I believe it's possible to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. However, to to this would require you being incredibly strict and self-disciplined..

quizzed
01-27-2007, 02:01 PM
Hi,
I believe that it's possible to lose fat and gain muscle. Few years ago before I started eating junk food. I was 140 lbs. and my waist line was 37" inches. After 3 months of training along with a really really strict diet. I manage to drop my waist line to 31" inches but my body weight stayed at 140 lbs. I was growing except for my waist until I tried bulking and got sick of it 2 months after. Now, I'm scrude because It's been 3 years and I still haven't tried to lose fat.

BigJohn308
01-27-2007, 05:56 PM
1. The first rule of the Losing Fat forum is to read the stickies and run a search of the forum to answer questions, before they post them. See forum rules sticky:
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=263982

2. Sometimes it is easier to answer one's question(s) by referring them to where the information is located, rather than cutting and pasting, or spending the time re-writing it all.

OR, as in this case...

3. The poster asked specifically for "links to expert advice." Perhaps if you had read his post completely you would have seen this.

I hope this answers your questions.

I read his post in its entirety. The following is what he asked at the end:

"Any ideas, links to expert advice, anything?"

So the young man also asked for "advice and anything else", did your computer not show that? As I said it wasn't an attempt at a bash. Just a simple question since it happens every once in a while on these forums.