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Why does fat loss stagnate ?

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2005/07/22 10:26:11 (permalink)

Why does fat loss stagnate ?

Hi all

Can anyone answer why ???

If your looseing 2lbs a week and then suddenly it stops ?? Why ?????

And what would happen if you stopped cardio altogether ?
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    RagingBull
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    RE: Why does fat loss stagnate ? 2005/07/22 13:04:05 (permalink)
    Cuz lifes a pain in the a$$ ?

    Sorry I have no reason.

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    RE: Why does fat loss stagnate ? 2005/07/22 21:01:05 (permalink)
    You mean when your losing fat through cardio?,because its like weight training,your body adapts fast,make it harder.

    What you mean stop cardio altogether from a fat loss point of view?
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    RE: Why does fat loss stagnate ? 2005/07/22 21:09:43 (permalink)
    Your metabolism changes as you become fitter and exercise more.
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    RE: Why does fat loss stagnate ? 2005/07/22 21:43:35 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: TrentReznik

    What you mean stop cardio altogether from a fat loss point of view?


    i mean, if i stopped cardio would i start to gain fat again ??

    i suppose it would depend on the calories im consuming.
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    RE: Why does fat loss stagnate ? 2005/07/22 23:46:08 (permalink)
    If your loosing 2lb a week then it stops you need to look at the reasons you were loosing it. Is it because you are doing the same amount of cardio, getting fitter and thus now you're body is used to it? If like myself you're wanting to loose weight (ie: lower your fat %) you need to mix up your cardio so your body don't get acclimatised to it. I used to do 30mins 5 days a week and after 6 months hit a barrier, now I do one and a half hours mountain biking twice a week instead and i'm loosing again.

    As you get fitter you need to constantly push yourself harder to gain any benefit.
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    RE: Why does fat loss stagnate ? 2005/07/23 00:17:58 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: LOCUST


    ORIGINAL: TrentReznik

    What you mean stop cardio altogether from a fat loss point of view?


    i mean, if i stopped cardio would i start to gain fat again ??

    i suppose it would depend on the calories im consuming.




    When advised to cut my C..V out completly my stomach started to chub up but that was also the time I grew quickest,I got paranoid about the chub and beasted myself on cardio until I got a telling off so I have cut the cardio in half ,a happy compromise,would I gain quicker with none atall though? yes very probably but I love C.V fitness and my legs are looking bigger everyday.

    Also as you said yes alot can be done by checkin your cals,I think as some guy on here says "no point eating to many cals to just them burn off".

    Also the post above elaborates on some good ideas I mentioned.
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    RE: Why does fat loss stagnate ? 2005/07/23 15:44:14 (permalink)
    Yes but if you do cardio AM then you only burn fat! Your muscles can use all the excess calories to repair the muscle and cardio AM is used to burn up any fat you have
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    RE: Why does fat loss stagnate ? 2005/07/23 15:56:31 (permalink)
    Yes but if you do cardio AM then you only burn fat! Your muscles can use all the excess calories to repair the muscle and cardio AM is used to burn up any fat you have


    But if you burn all fat in your AM cardio then you won;t have dented your glycogen stores. So now any excess calories you eat will turn to fat, whereas had you burnt some carbs inyour cardio then these excess cals would have replenished glycogen. Bit of a problem with the old AM cardio theory!

    This is why there is no scientific evidence at all to show that any kind of preferential 'fat-burning' cardio has greater results on general fat loss. It simply comes down to calories. Burn the calories, drop the fat. Do the cardio at any intensity you like, when you like. Just aim to maximise calorie burn!
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    RE: Why does fat loss stagnate ? 2005/07/23 16:00:08 (permalink)
    Isnt glycogen very low in the morning tho?
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    RE: Why does fat loss stagnate ? 2005/07/23 16:10:16 (permalink)
    Depends what you ate the day before, but yes it will be slightly lower than when you went to bed.

    But if it is important to exercise with low glycogen levels to burn fat then shouldn't we all eat a low carb diet so our glycogen levels are low all the time?

    How is it that I have dropped around 5 lbs of fat so far this month with a fairly high carb diet and a token amount of high-intensity cardio a few evenings a week?

    Is it because fat loss is determined by the calorie deficit that you run?
    post edited by CheekyChappie - 2005/07/23 16:12:14
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    RE: Why does fat loss stagnate ? 2005/07/23 16:14:27 (permalink)
    Yeah I see what your saying about the low glycogen. Makes sense too :). TBH I do my cardio right after Gym, most of the time its the only time I can be arsed! When I start to put on muscle I will be doing cardio 3 x a week on non gym days, just because I love to eat
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    RE: Why does fat loss stagnate ? 2005/07/23 16:39:48 (permalink)
    Also I forgot to mention, if fat burning during exercise is so important, then how do you explain the success of HIIT (which relies almost solely on carbs?) For me that blows the whole theory out the water.

    The only time I can see 'fat-burning' cardio MIGHT be of extra benefit is when approaching very low bodyfat levels (sub 10%, say) when the body starts to try and defend it's fat stores more vigorously, in which case directly targetting fat might be of some benefit, altough nothing has been proven scientifically on this. For people just looking for general fat loss, just do the cardio when it suits and maximise calorie burn.
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    RE: Why does fat loss stagnate ? 2005/07/23 17:19:04 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: CheekyChappie

    Also I forgot to mention, if fat burning during exercise is so important, then how do you explain the success of HIIT (which relies almost solely on carbs?) For me that blows the whole theory out the water.

    The only time I can see 'fat-burning' cardio MIGHT be of extra benefit is when approaching very low bodyfat levels (sub 10%, say) when the body starts to try and defend it's fat stores more vigorously, in which case directly targetting fat might be of some benefit, altough nothing has been proven scientifically on this. For people just looking for general fat loss, just do the cardio when it suits and maximise calorie burn.

    Good point, makes me feel better doing cardio after gym
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    RE: Why does fat loss stagnate ? 2005/07/27 22:51:32 (permalink)
    your not ment to stop now..when you loose weight you loose alot at first then it stops i think its your body trying to hang on to the fat but give it 3 weeks man it will start again i lost 15 kilos of pure fat in 3 months it went like this for the first 2 weeks i lost alot oweight then it stopped for three weeks and then i started to loose the fat again fast and it never stagnated again you just gotta stick with the cardio and diet and it will work out
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    RE: Why does fat loss stagnate ? 2005/07/28 12:13:34 (permalink)
    when weight loss stops for me I change cardio excercise. For a while my cardio was just the rowing maching and it worked great, but my weight loss stopped after while. I then changed to the treadmill and I got back on course. Might just have been coincidence though.
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