Best way to turn flab into muscle?

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  1. fixthe fernback

    fixthe fernback New Member

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    What would be the best way to go about this? I want to get rid of the man-boobs that are forming, as well as the beer belly and lovehandles, but add muscles all around. I don't want to so much lose wieght, but I Want to convert it.

    So far I have been lifting (pretty much just arms, back, and shoulders) and running every other day, and on the other days, I'm just running. Would this be a best way to go about this? I think I Understand how I should be dieting, I could definately feel the diet working yesterday (5 small meals w/ every food group). Is my workout plan sufficient in acheiving my goals over time?

    This is probably a broad, unanswerable question, but how long do you think results will start to show in?
     
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    fixthe fernback New Member

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    I'm looking for critique here... I've read a lot about how to eat right and burn fat from the stickies already.
     
  3. LancerV

    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    Depends on how much your diet sucks
     
  4. jokka

    jokka OT Supporter

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    stop eating taco bells
    join a gym
    be very disiplined
    don't play WoW
     
  5. RalphL

    RalphL Active Member

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    I have the same question. I stopped eating shitty food and now im going to the gym. Ill see where that takes me.
    Im 5'8'' 180lbs btw
     
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    michael FLORIDA > *

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    work more than your arms and back, get on a strict diet.. up your protein intake, sleep when you're supposed to sleep and post progress pics everyday.
     
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    To answer your direct question, it is impossible to convert fat into muscle. You can loose fat and maintain your muscleamss if you cut properly. Some people will claim that you can gain muscle and lose fat at the same time - but i think it wouldonly work if you are either just starting out or are really fat.
     
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    Formz Hipster Santa OT Supporter

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  9. JeremyD

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    Lift
    Stop eating shitty foods
    pretty much it
     
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    be consistent in the gym
    eat extremely clean all the time
    less drinking
    deadlift, cleans, squat, bench, push press, shrugs, farmer walks as staples
     
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    crucialkc the earth is flat

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    this shit is unnecessary for a beginner. clean up your diet. (no fast food or alcohol)

    start doing cardio (try HIIT.. google it) and do a simple routine like 3 days a week. maybe try chest/triceps, back/biceps, legs (figure out which order you like and do it)

    beginners do not need to worry about their traps and def do not have to do farmer walks.
     
  12. Marijuanair

    Marijuanair Remember to have your pet spayed or neutered! OT Supporter

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    I dont really think you can turn flab into muscle. You can gain LBM, or lose fat, but it isnt a strait 1:1 conversion. Your body burns fat when in calorie defecit to provide energy when you arent taking enough in through your diet. You gain muscle when you're in calorie surplus and you stimulate growth from proper exercise.
     
  13. jessb20hatch

    jessb20hatch Let's bang like Myosin & Actin

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    think really really hard...click your heels together twice and..poof! flab into muscle!

    price is right...wait how do i write that... price is right is right lol...can't convert and when you do lose fats you don't technically lose it...your fat cells shrink but when you eat crappy food all the freakin time you will gain fat cells...so i vote clean up your diet and general whole body lifting.
     
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    No simple conversion unforunately. Getting unfit and overwieght didn't happen over-night and it wont undo itself overnight. But if you stick with it, you will see good results.

    Yes it was a broad and unanswerable question but the best tips I can give:

    Track your diet on www.fitday.com for a week. Then make another thread and post up what you ate along with total calories, fat, carbs and protein. That way we can see how good/bad your diet is and help you adjust it towards your goals. Generally speaking you want moderate calories, higher protein, moderate fat and carbs. Ditch the junk food too.


    Start a good routine:
    Bill Starrs 5x5 is a good beginners routine
    As is this one: http://www.wannabebig.com/printarticle.php?articleid=25

    Stick with it. Like I said, nothing will happen overnight. Dont weigh yourself ever day or obsess over it. Weigh yourself or take body measurments with a tape measure every 2 weeks. Stick to your diet and lifting for 6 months and then compare to where you were when you began. I'm sure you'll be happy with the results. Obsessing about it will drive you insane, frustrate and discourage you, I guarantee it.
     
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    lose fat. gain muscle. lipids can't be converted to protein, bro.
     
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    cut it off?
     
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    Jam_Master_J New Member

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    Fat does not convert into muscle, they are two completely different tissues.
     
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    Jam_Master_J New Member

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    lol, dont give fitness advice anymore.
     
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    Most of this advice it utter horseshit.
     
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    For severly obese people, this advice isn't all bad and can actually work for people who are very large and need to ease into a routine that is health-oriented. Muscle should indeed be the last thing an obese person should worry about. Losing fat should be the priority and getting into a program that gradually produces fitness happens to be good advice. Most overweight people haven't been involved in athletics and as this guy claims, most will get sore on a heavy-handed regimine and quit going and he's right that an obese person should go nearly everyday to the gym and not skip out and engage in simple fitness goals like walking and light jogging or bike riding.

    I happen to think this person's advice is quite good for the seriously obese type person trying to start a fitness/weight loss program. Lifting weights is not something I would recommend someone "start" with when they come from a sedintary lifestyle and are obese. That's a good way to get injured and gain more weight and get discouraged.
     
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    1) lifting weights burns more calories than cardio

    2) if you're worried about 'soreness' causing people to give up on losing weight, then they weren't serious about losing weight in the first place

    in fact, thats the number 1 reason people don't lose weight; they weren't serious about it in the first place
     
  25. BlinginAssRims

    BlinginAssRims Now I'm blaumped out

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    you're a fucking idiot.
     
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