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"Shaping" your body


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Excerpt: The title is misleading, but I have a question about the possibility of changing symmetry when cutting. So, the chances of gaining LBM whilst cutting are miniscule to none, as a natty, right? Therefore, the parts of my body that were not well developed before I started cutting, are going to remain exactly that - undeveloped, right? The only thing about the shape of my body that will change as I diet is that fat will come off - and my muscles will show through, thus my hips, waist, etc will

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    Originally posted by hookdup
    Okay, so how many calories should I be having?
    You are in your early 20's? (metabolism slows as you age) I would say in the vicinity of 2,000 on a workout day - a little less on a rest day (1,700). But again, you know you need to experiment. It really is staggering the QUANTITY of food you can eat with 2,000 cal if it's ALL clean

    Originally posted by hookdup
    if I increase my calories, can I increase my cardio to burn those calories or is that completely counter-productive?
    How much cardio are you doing now? Focus more on gaining that Lean Body Mass - and you don't need the cardio for that. It is good to do some cardio simply to keep your lungs & heart healthy - but 2-3X a week for 30 Min will suffice. You could even forgo that if you do some circuit/supersetting training to get your Heart Rate up while lifting.
    When you do cardio, make sure you're not in a carb depleted state (for example, empty stomach FTITM) to increase your chances of NOT burning LBM for energy while doing the cardio.

    Heavy bars (like for bench pressing & squats) usually weigh 45 lbs.

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    Thanks Gladiola,

    You totally answered everything !!!!!!

    I'm actually 31 and have 2 kids so my metabolism has got to be slow.

    I'm doing 20 minutes of interval cardio training 3 x per week but it's FTITM so that may be burning some muscle???

    I'm also doing 1 hour of weights 3 times per week.


    I'm going to try staying with what I'm doing (while raising my calories) a few more weeks and see what happens... it's Body For Life ... and it supposedly works for so many people so I'm trying to follow it to a T just to learn discipline more than anything else, and I'm also using myself as a human guinea pig ...
    The program almost seems to be too good to be true so I testing it for myself.

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    hookdup...
    i would worry about cals sooo much..concentrate on your grams of carbs, pros and fats.

    i weight 106pounds and work it out from there...

    at the moment im cutting and do a carb rotating diet which looks like:
    high carb day
    pro=200-300g
    carbs=100g
    fat=30g

    low carb
    pro=200-300g
    carb=50g
    fat 40g

    on the weekends i usally have a zero -20g carb day (from green veg)

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    Thanks guys,

    I'm writing all this stuff down. I still have a couple of weeks on BFL before making any major decisions, but from all the advice I've gotten here, I should have an awesome plan for after BFL.

    To be completely honest, I don't think it's working for me... but I just want to stick it out ... They say you've got to be on it for about 4 weeks before you see any results and it's only been 2 weeks so ...

    Well, at least my gym work outs seem to be working. I can feel some good muscle under that layer of fat. I'll have to find a digital camera and post some photos for y'all.

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