I know that you will ask about diet, so here it goes. I mostly have been following the ABS DIET for about two weeks with extra protien and some extra carbs. So let me have it.
5) A goal. Do you want to gain muscle or lose fat? It’s possible to do both, but difficult. Better to pick one or the other.
My reply to Kal is that I have read the Abs Diet book, and it looks like a ‘reasonable’ diet. ( I am NOT a nutritionist, and I don’t even play one on TV ) That is to say that to lose fat without losing alot of muscle, it’s probably not bad. I do think, however, that the quantities suggested in the Abs Diet are pretty small, and that in the long run, if you cut calories to that point, you’re certain to lose weight. ( And weight loss is gonna be fat AND muscle if I’m not mistaken )
Now, to jack your thread a little bit. My question to Sxio or anyone else is this. If I got maybe 10 lbs of pure fat hanging off my gut that I want to lose, but don’t want to give up any muscle to do it… what if I do this? If I continue to balance my calories to support my current weight, that is, I don’t gain or lose significantly… but I continue to add muscle. Then over time, does it not stand to reason, that I should be ‘trading’ fat for muscle? That is, my gut should be slowly shrinking, as I am building muscle?
‘trading’–I won’t get into a verbage issue here, but safe to say that as you add muscle your resting metabolism would increase. All things staying equal-ie.cals and weight-you would in fact lose the gut. But, beware that this is probably the last place it will come off and it will take time.
And, yes, I realize there exist many factors and this is a simplistic model, but it is reasonable.