(fluffy on the outside, newbie on the inside)
Hey guys! (sorry for the long post)
Like the typical newbie I have a lot of question, but I'll concentrate my post around just two. Protein and Cardio vs. Circuit training
Should I consume protein shakes, when my goal now is fat loss?
I searched through the overwhelming amount of information on this site and found more than a few posts and articles on the protein subject. Like this one for example:
"The Protein Prejudice by John M Berardi".
But I have not really found the answer to my concern. From what I have read so far, you could say that protein is an "essential" part of supplementation, whether you are bulking or cutting.
The thing is that I have a friend that is finishing his studies to be a PA (physicians assistant) and he explained to me that I shouldn't really be drinking protein shakes (or Creatine for that matter)' because I would not benefit from them.
My body would use the protein for energy instead of my fat (and carbs) and I would not be able to loose weight. Now besides my confusion on this matter.
I'm left with yet another question. As he explained to me, our bodies will always prefer to preserve muscle tissue over fat stores. So, it will take apart the fat first before going to the muscle. At what point does catabolism start on a person? Because if I were to take what was said literally then, as long as a person have some fat stores in his body, there should not be any worries about catabolism. Right?
A little info on myself.
Im 31 years old / 5'10" / 214 pounds and 31% fat.
I started exercising about 2-1/2" month ago with my wife using Chad Waterbury's TBT. It's worked great for both of us. Gaining strength quickly. Now that we are both a bit more "toned" my wife wants to concentrate more on fat loss.
I had a clear plan on what I was going to do. I was going to start on Waterbury's 10 x 3 For Fat Loss and do the T-Dawg Diet. But after talking with my fried my plans (and what I thought to be a "good" basis of the gathered information I had so far) have been thrown out the window.
Like I said he has a medical background and I respect his decision. And since I'm dragging my wife into this. I want it to be the best decision possible. Don't what to be switching from one workout to another unnecessarily or taking any unnecessary supplements.
So, is a short "hybrid" circuit style workout more effective than a steady low intensity "longer" (45-60 min) cardio workout for FAT loss? Are the similar?
Thanks in advance for any comments.