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For some reason I think its a bad way to lose weight, but I'm not sure why.
I mean you can build muscle and use energy at the same time, so it must be a good thing right?

Oh what do you think would be a realistic goal to set myself say over a month? How much could I lose in a month realistically?
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Weight training is the true permenant method of losing fat. Hence why most good gym regimes will have both cardio and weight training
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Lifting weights isn't a good way of losing weight- cardio is much more effective BUT as Chi3f says its best to do both- by building up your muscle mass you increase your metabolism because muscle cells have a higher rate of respiration than fat cells.
In a month, I'd say realistically aim for about half a stone (1 or 2 lbs a week is sensible weight loss, more than that is not v sustainable + often leads to you rapidly putting it all back on and more).
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(Original post by Lucyvet2006)
Lifting weights isn't a good way of losing weight- cardio is much more effective BUT as Chi3f says its best to do both- by building up your muscle mass you increase your metabolism because muscle cells have a higher rate of respiration than fat cells.
In a month, I'd say realistically aim for about half a stone (1 or 2 lbs a week is sensible weight loss, more than that is not v sustainable + often leads to you rapidly putting it all back on and more).
the actual resting calorie demands of muscle are pretty low. Nothing like the 50cals/lb/day you hear on bb.com etc. More like 5 or 6. So gaining muscle is unlikely to lead to particularly great increases in rmr BUT, the exercise you did to gain that muscle, the extra work capacity you have because of it, and the resulting extra stress placed on other systems during the more intense exercise youre capable of, would probably have more effect.

Anyway even ignoring that, trying to lose weight without lifting will probably lead to much less favorable body composition in the end (i.e. less fat lost, more muscle lost).

your question about how much you can lose in a month (in perfect conditions) is unanswerable without knowing more about your current state
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How many calories do you burn on average per day then if you burn 5 or 6 per lb? I've never thought about it.. how many do you burn total excluding any extra exercise you do? Just from basic bodily needs.
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(Original post by rock_eleven)
the actual resting calorie demands of muscle are pretty low. Nothing like the 50cals/lb/day you hear on bb.com etc. More like 5 or 6. So gaining muscle is unlikely to lead to particularly great increases in rmr BUT, the exercise you did to gain that muscle, the extra work capacity you have because of it, and the resulting extra stress placed on other systems during the more intense exercise youre capable of, would probably have more effect.

Anyway even ignoring that, trying to lose weight without lifting will probably lead to much less favorable body composition in the end (i.e. less fat lost, more muscle lost).

your question about how much you can lose in a month (in perfect conditions) is unanswerable without knowing more about your current state

good points, but cardio should still make up more of the exercise regime (together with sensible diet) if fast weight loss is the goal.
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How many calories do you burn on average per day then if you burn 5 or 6 per lb? I've never thought about it.. how many do you burn total excluding any extra exercise you do? Just from basic bodily needs.
The amount of calories you burn per day depends on your size, gender, body composition + activity level, if you're female your metabolism will be slower.

Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): Most of the body's energy, about 60-70%, goes to supporting the ongoing metabolic work of the body's cells. This includes such activities as heart beat, respiration and maintaining body temperature. To determine your BMR:

For adult males - Multiply the body weight by 10; add double the body weight to this value.
[i.e., for a 150 lb male, 1,500 + (2 x 150)=1,800 cal/day BMR]

For adult females - Multiply body weight by 10; add the body weight to this value.
[i.e., for a 120 lb female, 1,200 + 120=1,320 cal/day BMR]


3600kcals equates to about 1lb in weight- so if you burn off 500kcals more than you eat each day, over a week you'll lose 1lb.
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(Original post by Lucyvet2006)
For adult males - Multiply the body weight by 10; add double the body weight to this value.
[i.e., for a 150 lb male, 1,500 + (2 x 150)=1,800 cal/day BMR]

For adult females - Multiply body weight by 10; add the body weight to this value.
[i.e., for a 120 lb female, 1,200 + 120=1,320 cal/day BMR] [/I]
How come men get double their body weight and women don't!? How ridiculously unfair.
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(Original post by Lucyvet2006)
The amount of calories you burn per day depends on your size, gender, body composition + activity level, if you're female your metabolism will be slower.

Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): Most of the body's energy, about 60-70%, goes to supporting the ongoing metabolic work of the body's cells. This includes such activities as heart beat, respiration and maintaining body temperature. To determine your BMR:

For adult males - Multiply the body weight by 10; add double the body weight to this value.
[i.e., for a 150 lb male, 1,500 + (2 x 150)=1,800 cal/day BMR]

For adult females - Multiply body weight by 10; add the body weight to this value.
[i.e., for a 120 lb female, 1,200 + 120=1,320 cal/day BMR]


3600kcals equates to about 1lb in weight- so if you burn off 500kcals more than you eat each day, over a week you'll lose 1lb.
maybe even multiply body weight by 12 for men and by 11 for women? Makes more sense...
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maybe even multiply body weight by 12 for men and by 11 for women? Makes more sense...
any calculation is neccessarily innaccurate because its based on huge averages of populations. Theyre fine to get a rough idea, but someone may literally have to eat twice as much as another of equal weight, to gain weight. Same with weight-loss, its going to vary between people dramatically. Just use any calculation result as a guide and alter it according to what happens at that calorie intake
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Yes, it is good for two reasons.

Firstly, it burns a lot of calories.

Secondly, you will gain muscle if done correctly, which burns more calories at rest.
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If you're a guy, yes it is a good way to loose weight. Just read this guys story: http://www.gynecomastia.org/cgi-bin/...num=1139156121

Don't know about for girls.

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--marty
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(Original post by rock_eleven)
any calculation is neccessarily innaccurate because its based on huge averages of populations. Theyre fine to get a rough idea, but someone may literally have to eat twice as much as another of equal weight, to gain weight. Same with weight-loss, its going to vary between people dramatically. Just use any calculation result as a guide and alter it according to what happens at that calorie intake
I was referring to the calculation given, look at the way it's set out.
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(Original post by coughsyrup)
I was referring to the calculation given, look at the way it's set out.
Its true the website must just assume everyone is a real IDIOT at maths!
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(Original post by coughsyrup)
I was referring to the calculation given, look at the way it's set out.
sorry I dont know why I quoted you, I probably didnt mean to. My post wasnt referring to yours, just that in general, rmr calculations are always going to innaccurate.
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Its a combination of weights and cardio that is needed do 15mins cardio ie running followed by ur weights
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Is 15 mins cardio really enough?
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No.

And yes to the question at hand, but only in combination with other things.
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