Fat burning mysteries!
August 28, 2008 12:50 PM Subscribe
Attention Fitness Gurus and Gurettes: Let's set me straight on about these fitness misconceptions and mysteries. I gotta get in shape!
posted by Willie0248 to health & fitness (26 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
Alright, we've all heard a million different pieces of information on the subject of fitness and about half of them contradict one another or just seem so ridiculous as to be... ridiculed. So here we will answer these questions for us poor ignorant flabbos ONCE AND FOR ALL.
1. What's the deal with losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time? You hear people saying that they want to do this very thing, but it seems like an impossibility. To put on muscle, you need a calorie surplus, but to lose fat you need a calorie deficit. What the heck? Is there some magic window of calories you can eat to achieve both? What's the point of doing cardio to slim down if you're trying to put on muscle?
2. How much protein do you actually need? I've heard trainers say that too much protein is just passed through the system, so don't waste money on powders and bars, but then another trainer will say that we need like two hundred grams of protein a day. How much is too much, and when should you consume it to ensure it's being used by the body?
3. Is there really any advantage to using freeweights as opposed to weight machines?
4. How often do you need to work a particular muscle group to keep it growing? Some plans say to work a muscle group once a week, but others say three times a week. If once per week is enough to build 'em up, is there an advantage to working them more often?
5. Which is best for building muscle: More weight and lower reps, or less weight and more reps?
THese things confound me, and I'm sure a lot of other people too. Help us solve the mysteries of fitness, and also maybe add a few tidbits of info of your own.