If I'm so strong why are my kicks so weak?
December 18, 2012 7:19 AM Subscribe
Should I lose weight and muscle mass or just lose the fat?
posted by mearls to health & fitness (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm 5'5' 200lbs or (165cm and 90K) and want to lose about twenty pounds of fat. I also have a lot of muscle, more frankly, than I really need as a result of long term weight lifting and physical work. It's come in handy moving furniture, practicing jiu jitsu with very large opponents and the like. However, I don't think my heart really needs to carry around all that extra mass. And the height/weight chart suggests that I should weigh between 145-160 - which I just don't think would be possible without losing a considerable amount of muscle.
It's entirely possible that I am just plain wrong about the amount of fat I have but I don't think it's much higher than 20%.
I've just started playing old man soccer, so the weight is coming off quickly enough, and I reckon I'd be faster without the added mass to boot. Plus, I expect a significant muscle mass gain in my legs, and I can't see why this extra mass would be all that useful either.
Is there a healthy way to do this? Or is it stupid?