Please forgive this post as I know it must have been discussed in various forms but I just cant understand why you are suppose to weight train while dieting and trying to lose weight. I can understand doing cardio but why am I suppose to weight lift and fatigue my muscles if I am on a calorie deficient diet. I much prefer weight lifting to cardio but I don't want my poor muscles to shrivel up more than they probably are. Shouldn't I just diet and do cardio until I drop the weight and then start to lift?
Please just settle this dilemma for me because many things I have read seem to have contradictory answers.
Thanks for any help than can be given
Last edited by 1more; 05-29-2012 at 09:04 PM.
Lifting weights while on a caloric deficit will trigger a growth stimulus. Now, since you aren't taking in enough calories to grow new muscle, your body will simply decide you need to keep what muscle you have and try to use other resources as fuel(fat). Funny thing is, cardio is NOT muscle sparing, meaning, your body sees all this nice muscle you have as perfect fuel to feed you on your silly runs. Basically, stopping lifting and doing cardio on a diet is the worst possible thing you can do to retain muscle.
Last edited by JacobH; 05-29-2012 at 09:48 PM.
So don't diet. You've been on this forum since 2003 and just now asking these questions?
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Last edited by 1more; 05-30-2012 at 12:59 PM.
Your answer is simple: If you want to lose weight, get on a diet and weight lift. You will loss weight due to your calorie deficit and you will AT THE VERY LEAST maintain what muscle mass you have if you workout/eat correctly. Hell, depending where your at, you might even pack a little more muscle on.
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Thanks all, I will be glad to start doing something other than cardio