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2006/07/11 13:07:46 (permalink)
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Question regarding Catabolsim

Hi guys, I am a complete novice in regards to proper training. I am overweight and have gradually been losing some weight (fat hopefully) over a year (I am just ubder 15 stone from around 17 stone when I started) but have just started to step up my training.

My goal is not to become a massive (size wise) bodybuilder but more intended to get my self into better shape and with it an improved physique (which I think I am on the way with both of). I want to get into good enough shape so I can start training MMA which means I have focused more on cardio (walking, running, skipping etc) but have also done lots (by my standards ) of calitsthenics (to increase cardio and maintain my muscle) and weight (to increase my muscle mass and thus BMR as well as to retain my strength and improve my body).

What I am wondering is when people talk about catabolism from overtraining or poor/insufficent diet what do they actually mean. If my body goes catabolic (either for short or long periods of time) will this simply limit my gains or will it start to completely reduce my muscle mass.

So far my weight and BF% has dropped, and my strength has not decreased (possibly increased I never had a personal best before I started training so its hard to know what my max lift has done) and my muscles (shoulders/biceps/triceps/quads etc) seem bigger.

With my intention to step up my training though I just wondered how worried I should be worried about Catabolism. I want to lose weight but not end up like a starving ethiopean. I don't care how slowly I lose weight just as long as I get there in the end but do I have to expect some muscle loss? Obviously I don't hope to put on loads of muscle (Toxics cut and bulk advice has sunk in ) but is it possibly to cut (slowly) without losing any muscle?

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    Shootfighter2001
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    RE: Question regarding Catabolsim 2006/07/11 13:11:31 (permalink)
    ...oh and is there a best way to check if I am not losing muscle?

    Thanks again
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    RE: Question regarding Catabolsim 2006/07/11 13:16:26 (permalink)
    Ok I just read the relevant articles and they have helped a lot but any other advice would still be welcomed thanks
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    RE: Question regarding Catabolsim 2006/07/11 13:37:44 (permalink)
    catabolism will reduce your muscle mass if you let it. Measured by having an accurate body fat measurement. Work out exactly how much lean mass V body fat you have then measure every 2 weeks to keep on top. Protein intake prior and post cardio is also very important to limit catabolic effects. Diet is very important.

    A balanced programme of lifting and cardio is best (see beginner's guide for ideas). It will take a long time with lots of focus on training rest and diet to add serious amounts of muscle. Lifting regularly is not enough to add serious mass so don't worry mate.

    Your post reads confusing though. Do you want to add muscle, reduce fat or both?
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    RE: Question regarding Catabolsim 2006/07/11 13:49:33 (permalink)
    I want to reduce fat primarily (and improve my Cardio). I have no desire to put on lots of muscle but do not mind if I do just as long as my weight doesn't balloon with it (am trying to bring down my bmi). I do want to keep the muscle I already have as underneath the layers of flab I think I have pretty good musculature (am naturally very solid and strong a big but mot huge body type.).
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    RE: Question regarding Catabolsim 2006/07/11 13:50:03 (permalink)
    thanks for the help btw the begginers guide is a nice read
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