Burning fat..Gaining muscle..

Discussion in 'Self Care and Healthy Lifestyles' started by ThoseEmptyWalls, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. ThoseEmptyWalls

    ThoseEmptyWalls Well-Known Member

    I hope this is the right place for this type of thread..I was wondering how to burn fat without gaining muscle weight? My goal is to loose weight (make that scale number smaller and smaller) and I cant do that with a lot of muscle gain.. I know women typically dont get much muscle weight because of short tendons and lower testosterone (sp?) level.. I want to make sure the number on the scale gets smaller and doesnt grow with muscle gain.. Any tips?
     
  2. hammockmonkey

    hammockmonkey Well-Known Member

    cardio lots and lots of cardio. long distance running is the thing to do. But, no matter what when you work out you will gain weight, that just happens as your work the muscles no matter what you do it will show a (slight) weight gain.

    you shouldn't focus on the scale though, scales lie all the time. You have to be careful cuz you can drop like 15 pounds in a day, I've seen it. But its all water weight and if you're not careful doing that will kill you.
     
  3. hammockmonkey

    hammockmonkey Well-Known Member

    cardio, lots and lots of cardio. Try long distance running to just drop weight.

    You shouldn't be afraid of muscle gain that doesn't mean anything other then you're healthy. Be safe.
     
  4. ThoseEmptyWalls

    ThoseEmptyWalls Well-Known Member

    I dont want to gain muscle..I dont want back near that 300 pound mark, even if it is muscle weight..I want to see the number on the scales get smaller and smaller.. Running..Well I cant run..Bad knees and Im super clumbsy. I fall on my face when I try to run.. Cardio..Not sure Im healthy enough for that just yet. Thanks for the info though!
     
  5. hammockmonkey

    hammockmonkey Well-Known Member

    well, no matter what if you haven't been working out in a while you will put on muscle weight. This will just happen. Don't beat yourself up over that, ignor the scale for at least the first week, if not the first month. Start with walking 30 minutes a day on the treadmill. I'd suggest the treadmill because it is easier on the knees then walking on the street.

    I'd also suggest weightlifting because it increase the metabolism a lot. I know that doesn't seem to make sense, since you don't want to gain muscle. But, it will help you burn a lot more calories and make it so that when you're resting you're burning more calories.

    Start small and remember that it's not a sprint its a marathon, and nobody is competing but yourself. Working out regularly is tiring, don't over do it and burn yourself out. Good luck!
     
  6. ThoseEmptyWalls

    ThoseEmptyWalls Well-Known Member

    Well I have sever self esteem issues caused by my weight. Thats why I really need to see my weight get lower instead of higher. I just feel like I dont look right and Im very ugly because Im so huge (Im wearing a red shirt today and look like a bag balloons in a shirt :dry:)...
     
  7. JohnADreams

    JohnADreams Well-Known Member

    If you knees hurt only when you run then you could try hoping on an exercise bike for half an hour, a few times a week. It will still make use of your knees but takes a lot of the impact off of them.

    If they hurt all the time then swimming might work out well for you as long as you work hard at it. Other than that, any kind of aerobic activity will help. :smile:
     
  8. ThoseEmptyWalls

    ThoseEmptyWalls Well-Known Member

    My Dad has a pool in his backyard but Im afraid to get in it. Im scared to death of drowning for some reason. I never was before so I dont understand it. The fear took over last year and now I have lost interest in getting in the water.. I dont have a exercise bike as they are to expencive and I have no money.. I have a home gym though (I bought it on credit and am still paying for it :()
     
  9. LostMyMind

    LostMyMind Well-Known Member

    I would suggest a low carbohydrate diet and any type of cardio. Walking, biking or swimming (if you can get over your fear) would be your best bets since they are low impact. Good luck :smile:
     
  10. ThoseEmptyWalls

    ThoseEmptyWalls Well-Known Member

    I bought a stationery bike..thats cardio right?
     
  11. JohnADreams

    JohnADreams Well-Known Member

    Yup, that'll work out well. Also might be good to listen to some music while you're working out. :smile:

    Everyone who exercises only ever makes incremental progress, so it can sometimes be hard for them to recognize how much healthier they look and sometimes even not realise how much better they might feel. Just keep with it and dont get discouraged. :biggrin:
     
  12. Issaccs

    Issaccs Well-Known Member

    It is incredibly hard to put on muscle mass, it doesn't happen overnight or by accident.
    The best way to loose weight and keep it off is a mix of cardio and weight training with a balanced diet.
     
  13. ThoseEmptyWalls

    ThoseEmptyWalls Well-Known Member

    Thank You :) I wonder if theres someway I can attach a portable player to the bike? That would be good so I can listen and not disturb anyone. Im sooo excited for the bike to arrive :biggrin: