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Old 10-02-2012, 04:56 AM   #8 (permalink)
rpmcduff
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Location: Westminster, CO
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Your welcome Liberatedmist and Almathea!
The problem is that when you diet your body will burn not just your fat stores but up to 75% of your weight loss can actually come from your body catabolizing muscle. So when you diet down to your previous weight where you were happy with your body you don't have the same body. So you need to build those muscles to get back to where you started. You also need to rebuild that muscle so your metabolism burns more calories. Since muscles are the furnace of your metabolism the more muscle you have the more calories you body will burn.

You are not going to bulk up with muscle just by lifting heavy. You're women and you don't have the testosterone needed to build those male bodybuilder muscles. You would need to lift for years and have a massive intake of supplements (like anabolic steroids) to achieve bulk. Instead you will see what most people refer to as toned muscle that starts to show through (and maybe even some abs if your bodyfat is low enough).

Oh, and lunges are another great core movement you can do with just body weight or even dumbbells.
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Male, Age 53 Height 5'-11"
Start, Spring 2009....,.. 270.0 lbs
January 21, 2010. ....,...255.0 lbs (Joined Fitday)
September 10, 2010..,..223.8 lbs. (-46.2lbs)
Mini-Goal......................225 Achieved 9/21/2012
Mini-Goal......................220 Achieved 10/26/2012
Current.........................216.2 lbs. (-53.8 lbs)
Mini-Goal.......................215
Goal..............................200



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