The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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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    Powerlifting Stoner pastdoubt's Avatar
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    Losing BF and Gaining Muscle Impossible?

    Okay, almost everyone here agrees that losing fat and gaining muscle are impossible, especially in someone with previous training experience. Well so far, I have dropped from around 32% BF to 23% since the end of summer, yet in this time arms have increased around 1/4" in circumference. Would this not mean I had gained muscle while simultaneously losing fat? I have had around 2 to 2-1/2 years training experience also, w/ only about a 3 month layoff during the summer. Any comments?

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    When they say it's nearly impossible to drop BF and gain lean muscle at the same time it's under the assumption that you are around your bodies ideal level of bodyfat. When you are at a high bodyfat percentage any increase in activity will drop fat so you will look bigger in certain areas as others shrink. As well some parts that haven't been worked in a long time could react well to new stress and begin to grow.

    This process will become more difficult as you go as your body will start to cling to fat at some point.
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    It is very possible, but like ElPietro said. Harder and harder as your body fat drops.

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    I think it's possible. However, losing fat at an optimum rate and gaining muscle at an optimum rate is impossible.

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    Oh I know for sure it's not at the optimal rate, but right now I have 152 lbs of lean mass, and I swear all of it must have been gained while losing fat, I don't think I've ever actually had the balls to try taking in an excess amount of calories in my life for fear of gaining fat, even when I was very lean. Maybe I should once I get down to about where I want to be BF% wise? I think I'd be pleasantly surprise w/ the results.
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    Originally posted by pastdoubt
    Oh I know for sure it's not at the optimal rate, but right now I have 152 lbs of lean mass, and I swear all of it must have been gained while losing fat, I don't think I've ever actually had the balls to try taking in an excess amount of calories in my life for fear of gaining fat, even when I was very lean. Maybe I should once I get down to about where I want to be BF% wise? I think I'd be pleasantly surprise w/ the results.
    your 152 pounds of lean mass? but earlier on you say you are at 23% body fat. so you may be miscalculating your BF%?
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

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    Kinda hard to tell if he miscalcuated his BF % since he doesn't give his total weight......
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    I weigh around 198....

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