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jdmeyer
05-11-2006, 06:56 PM
Hi, I am new to this board - I am 5'5", 108lbs. I have worked out for several years, but didn't really do effectively until the last year or so. I have been carb cycling for about 4 weeks now, and have been doing Thunder's full body workout for about 6 weeks ( I did change it up after 4 weeks). I also do 2 days of HIIT for 20 min. I am about 18% body fat and would like to lower that slightly so that my muscles show through more. Do I need to do the cardio, or should I stay away from it? The skin on the lower region of my belly has stretch marks from having 2 kids (the youngest is 2), and I wonder if it will firm back up in time, or is it damaged?

Sorry this is so long - thanks!

Erik
05-11-2006, 06:58 PM
First question - are you getting leaner on your current set up?

jdmeyer
05-11-2006, 07:03 PM
I have gotten leaner, but I have gained 3lbs of weight on the scale. I was 105 forever until just recently.

CraveMuscle
05-11-2006, 07:04 PM
isn't that good? :huh:

Erik
05-11-2006, 07:05 PM
Originally posted by jdmeyer@May 11 2006, 03:03 PM
I have gotten leaner, but I have gained 3lbs of weight on the scale. I was 105 forever until just recently.
Sounds like the perfect situation to me.

Leaner and heavier = less fat and more muscle.

I'd stay the course until you plateau and then look to see what adjustments might need to be made.

If you're progressing at a satisfactory rate, then no, you don't need to do more cardio.

jdmeyer
05-11-2006, 07:06 PM
It is good, I was just wondering since I don't need to loose weight - I just want to loose some bf, should I still keep the HIIT?

Erik
05-11-2006, 07:07 PM
Originally posted by jdmeyer@May 11 2006, 03:06 PM
It is good, I was just wondering since I don't need to loose weight - I just want to loose some bf, should I still keep the HIIT?
Bodyfat is weight ...

nifferness
05-11-2006, 07:12 PM
Are we allowed to hate the word loose on this board????

Leah
05-11-2006, 07:13 PM
Originally posted by jdmeyer@May 11 2006, 02:56 PM
I am 5'5", 108lbs.
:huh:

NCfitnessgirl
05-11-2006, 07:16 PM
Originally posted by nifferness@May 11 2006, 03:12 PM
Are we allowed to hate the word loose on this board????
Absolutely

nifferness
05-11-2006, 07:17 PM
Originally posted by Leah@May 11 2006, 02:13 PM
:huh:
I second that and add a :dry:

quickie
05-11-2006, 07:17 PM
Originally posted by nifferness@May 11 2006, 07:12 PM
Are we allowed to hate the word loose on this board????
http://www.onehorseshy.com/most_recent/you...rseshy.46690597 (http://www.onehorseshy.com/most_recent/your_a_looser?p=onehorseshy.46690597)

Erik
05-11-2006, 07:20 PM
Originally posted by nifferness@May 11 2006, 03:12 PM
Are we allowed to hate the word loose on this board????
It's expected actually ...

Leah
05-11-2006, 07:26 PM
Originally posted by quickie@May 11 2006, 03:17 PM
http://www.onehorseshy.com/most_recent/you...rseshy.46690597 (http://www.onehorseshy.com/most_recent/your_a_looser?p=onehorseshy.46690597)
:lol:

amyloo
05-11-2006, 08:40 PM
Originally posted by nifferness@May 11 2006, 02:17 PM
I second that and add a :dry:
Ummm....me too. But I won't pass judgement because I know how people can all carry weight very differently. I'm 5'4" and was scary skinny two years ago when I weighed 105.

And I can totally commiserate with the loose skin. I've got it bad myself, and it makes me very unhappy.

Welcome to the board!

Chelsinator
05-11-2006, 09:34 PM
Originally posted by amyloo@May 11 2006, 02:40 PM
Ummm....me too. But I won't pass judgement because I know how people can all carry weight very differently. I'm 5'4" and was scary skinny two years ago when I weighed 105.

And I can totally commiserate with the loose skin. I've got it bad myself, and it makes me very unhappy.

Welcome to the board!
:huh: uh....what?

Strive2Define
05-12-2006, 04:21 PM
Originally posted by Thunder@May 11 2006, 03:05 PM
Sounds like the perfect situation to me.

Leaner and heavier = less fat and more muscle.


Are you saying that if you are just LOSING bodyfat and no muscle that the scale weight will stay the same or does this just apply to someone who is new to training or effective training?

Erik
05-12-2006, 04:22 PM
Originally posted by Strive2Define+May 12 2006, 12:21 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Strive2Define &#064; May 12 2006, 12:21 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Thunder@May 11 2006, 03:05 PM
Sounds like the perfect situation to me.

Leaner and heavier = less fat and more muscle.


Are you saying that if you are just LOSING bodyfat and no muscle that the scale weight will stay the same or does this just apply to someone who is new to training or effective training? [/b][/quote]
If you are &#39;losing bodyfat and no muscle&#39; then the scale will go down ...

Strive2Define
05-12-2006, 04:24 PM
Did I word that properly?

Erik
05-12-2006, 04:25 PM
Originally posted by Strive2Define@May 12 2006, 12:24 PM
Did I word that properly?
Not sure, did you? :)

Strive2Define
05-12-2006, 04:25 PM
Well I don&#39;t know because now I am confused.....so how does one gauge their progress...

Erik
05-12-2006, 04:27 PM
Originally posted by Strive2Define@May 12 2006, 12:25 PM
Well I don&#39;t know because now I am confused.....so how does one gauge their progress...
This seems to be an entirely different subject than what you just asked ...

Are you wording your question properly? ;)

Strive2Define
05-12-2006, 04:31 PM
OH GEEZ..I am not sure I know what I mean. Ok I guess what I am thinking is if the scale number goes up but one is leaning out...you stated that meant she was losing FAT and gaining muscle( I know this is not likely unless one is new etc etc) but then you said that the scale weight would drop if one were retaining muscle and losing fat.I know it is all but impossible to not lose some muscle but is it more beneficial to just follow measurements, the way ones clothes fit etc., rather than scale weight?

Erik
05-12-2006, 04:37 PM
OH GEEZ..I am not sure I know what I mean. Ok I guess what I am thinking is if the scale number goes up but one is leaning out...you stated that meant she was losing FAT and gaining muscle( I know this is not likely unless one is new etc etc) but then you said that the scale weight would drop if one were retaining muscle and losing fat

There&#39;s a big difference between gaining muscle and retaining muscle, no?



I know it is all but impossible to not lose some muscle but is it more beneficial to just follow measurements, the way ones clothes fit etc., rather than scale weight?

For sure. :)

Strive2Define
05-12-2006, 04:42 PM
Okay..I swear I am my worst enemy. I tend to overanalyze and then I stress myself out&#33;&#33;
Thanks for reassuring me of what I already knew..I wasgoing to panic because I have finally gotten this friggen scale to start moving again..btw,it really is true that fatloss is a function of ones diet.SMART THINKING Batman :val: :)