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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    Work out question

    I am trying to cut down on fat rite now. I im in the gym bout 4 times a week and I do any where from a 30 - 60 min cardio to start. My question is, since I am trying to cut down on fat do I need to lift lighter weights at higer reps. or do I keep lifting higher weights for lower reps? Some people say that the lighter weight higher reps burns more fat but I wont progress in strength but then there are the people who say that the lifting itself is burning fat while building my strength so to keep with what I am doing. My goal in to lose fat then build up mass on a leaner frame as compared to just bulking up with where my body is now. Any advice?

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    Stick with heavier weights and lower reps. You'll lose strength and size the other way. You might also consider lifting first, cardio second. Also, make sure your diet is in check to get lean.
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    It depends on what you wanna do.
    Higher reps with lower weights will burn fat, but you give up strength.
    OR, you can stick with the heavy weights, gain mass and strength. If you decide to do this, an hour cardio may be too much. Eat a clean, healthy diet (that's where all fat loss comes from), and do about 20 minutes low-intensity cardio AFTER you workout.

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    I want a lean thickness dun care so much bout a six pack but I dun want a gut lol so I think I'm going to stay with heavy weights, but what is ment by a clean diet? I keep hearing this term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaRican View Post
    ..., but what is ment by a clean diet? I keep hearing this term.
    Stay away from junk food, refined sugars, white breads, pastas, things like that. Instead, eat a ton of veggies, fruits, fresh meats and keep your carbs to whole grains such as brown rice. Lots more to it but that's it in a nutshell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nockits View Post
    It depends on what you wanna do.
    Higher reps with lower weights will burn fat.
    You might wanna double check this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteman90909 View Post
    You might wanna double check this.
    whats wrong with it?
    i've never done it, but you see those people in fitness classes with tiny dumbells doing stuff, so i thought it would be reasonable to assume that it burns fat if you do a ****load of reps.

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    its rare I do over 5 reps per set, i've lost 20 lbs. just gotta make sure in<out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamo View Post
    its rare I do over 5 reps per set, i've lost 20 lbs. just gotta make sure in<out.
    exactly
    losing weight isnt determined by reps or sets but by the type of food you take in and the amount of calories you consume and cutting back on fat doesnt make you lose weight. your body needs fats, such as omega 3, and 6 and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nockits View Post
    whats wrong with it?
    i've never done it, but you see those people in fitness classes with tiny dumbells doing stuff, so i thought it would be reasonable to assume that it burns fat if you do a ****load of reps.
    It's that doing more reps burns more calories, not that it burns more fat, just like doing any movement burn calories.

    You create a greater caloric deficit by doing heavier weight though, because it takes more energy to recover for up to a couple days after, which boosts your metabolism that whole time.

    basically, more reps =/= fat loss

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteman90909 View Post
    It's that doing more reps burns more calories, not that it burns more fat, just like doing any movement burn calories.

    You create a greater caloric deficit by doing heavier weight though, because it takes more energy to recover for up to a couple days after, which boosts your metabolism that whole time.

    basically, more reps =/= fat loss
    sorry, what you said is exactly correct. i just kinda had it slightly mixed up in my mind. that's a much better way to explain it.

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