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?