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Thread: Another newbie question about muscle gain and weight loss

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    Wannabebig Member
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    Apr 2009

    Another newbie question about muscle gain and weight loss

    I hope you folks can put up with more questions from a novice.

    It seems to be the consensus that weight lifting will result in muscle gain and weight loss. What I'm wondering is if the muscle gain and the weight loss happen in the same part of the body that's being exercised. For example, if the calves are fatty and a person does exercises for the lower legs, is the fat in the calves replaced by muscle? Or does weight lifting and muscle gain just contribute to overall loss of fat?

    Replies much appreciated.

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    Georgia Boy
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    Athens, GA
    You cant spot reduce fat.

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    Push powerlifting heathj's Avatar
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    Mar 2001
    WA, USA
    resistance training releases gh which helps increase lipolysis. fat cannot turn in to muscle, but you can lose fat and gain muscle at the same time.

    cardiovascular exercise is the best way to lose weight. Higher the heart rate, the more calories that are burned. And as transformer stated, you cannot spot reduce. This means that working out your legs will not make you lose fat in your legs. Most men lose fat in their belly last and most women lose around their hips and thighs last.

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    Wannabebig Member
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    Thanks for the replies.

    The reason I was wondering about spot reducing is that my wife, who is very overweight, has been working out at the gym with me. She's been doing the treadmill, along with other exercises.

    A couple of weeks ago she pointed out to me that the size of her calves hadn't changed, but they were now solid muscle rather than fat. That's what got me to wondering about where the fat is lost.

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