Re: to add onto that
Re: to add onto that
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Posted by RJ
on April 07, 2000 at 00:45:27:
In Reply to: to add onto that posted by Taylor on April 06, 2000 at 16:00:54:
: I hear most women say "i don't want to get all buff or add muscle, i just want to tone up"
: Well, for beginners, most people i've seen regardless of whether they're lifting or doing cardio lose weight first. You have to strip away those layers of fat before you can get muscle mass, in most cases.
I disagree. If a person trains with heavy weights, they will build muscle mass underneath the fat, regardless of their bodyfat percentage.
As they gain more muscular mass, their body requires more calories in day to day activities, hence they begin to lose fat.
Take a look at powerlifters and "the world's strongest men" competitions. These people have amazing strength and mass yet often carry huge amounts of fat. The build up the muscle and strength whilst carrying the fat. It is only bodybuilders that seek to definition by reducing bodyfat via cardio and diet.
However, I am not saying that weights sessions are not relevant to weightloss. They are excellent calorie burners. Too many people are afraid that they will become muscle bound. It takes years of training to gain decent amounts of mass, the exception of course would be the use of Anabolic Steroids.
My advice to the original poster:
I agree with Taylor and Connie that Spot Reduction is a myth. Your arms will become less flabby as your overall bodyfat decreases.
Going to the gym and doing weights sessions help will burn calories and reduce overall bodyfat. You would not become musclebound in 2 years of training! so you don't have to worry in the short space of time to your wedding.
Lots of cario work (running, cycling) is also advised as you say money is short and you do not have gym access. You must, however, maintain a steady diet. You should aim to create a calorie deficit (take in less calories than you need to run your body) This promotes the burning of bodyfat. Also, make sure you are drinking lots of water. The body is very inefficient at buring fat if dehydrated.
Hope that helps.