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2004/04/15 20:25:29 (permalink)
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Burning fat vs burning muscle

I know I should know this, but I am still confused as heck. What makes your body decide to catabolize muscle vs going to your stores of fat for fuel? I think I need to have Powerhaus tell it to me simple, using Mr Amino Acid and Mr. Fat Cell.

Do cardio in the morning because your body will go straight to the fat to burn. No, don't do cardio on an empty stomach, because your glycogen stores are low so your body will catabolize muscle. ARGH! I am hungry before bed, should I eat? Yes, or you will catabolize muscle. But then what's the point of the caloric deficit? GO USE MY FAT STORES, DAMN BODY!

OK, now that I have broken a post record for excessive use of the word "catabolize", can someone please enlighten me? (Using small words, please...)
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    Pappy
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    RE: Burning fat vs burning muscle 2004/04/15 20:44:07 (permalink)
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    I'm going on a limb here...but doing your workout in the morning probably burns little muscle compared to the amount of fat your burning...


    I read that working out in the morning burns 300% more fat than working out in the afternoon. I say this without any regard whatsoever to muscle retention. From what I've read (mind you this is from several sources) as long as you're not working out for more than an hour, your only burning if at all, a minimal amount of muscle.

    By ALL MEANS, if anyone has proof what I'm saying is incorrect, please post it. None of us gain from misinformation.

    I try to stick to working out in the morning...and if I do miss my morning workout, I try to have a protein shake/cottage cheese snack about 3 hours before I workout in the afternoon. From what I've read, this burns minimal muscle....
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    RE: Burning fat vs burning muscle 2004/04/15 20:45:13 (permalink)
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    sorry...ignore this post....
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    RE: Burning fat vs burning muscle 2004/04/15 23:09:00 (permalink)
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    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/matt13.htm

    Someone read this and tell me what it says. I'm going to bed so I can do my morning cardio.
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    RE: Burning fat vs burning muscle 2004/04/16 05:33:30 (permalink)
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    If you can handle morning weight training, more power to you. I can't touch the weights until noon or so, simply because I don't feel like I've had time to store up enough energy to get a productive workout.


    That's me...I wouldn't have the energy in the morning....
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    RE: Burning fat vs burning muscle 2004/04/17 12:20:18 (permalink)
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    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/satter2.htm

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/satter3.htm

    personally, i would do cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and i had great results. but it was explained to me that was because my bodyfat was so high at the time. this summer when i do my cut, i'm trying what the above articles suggest.

    a pre & post work out supplementation protocol should be followed, very much in the same fashion as most do for weight training sessions.

    remember, its not what you burn during the exercise thats important, its total calories burned vs consumed over the course of the day
    < Message edited by abear -- 4/17/2004 12:21:16 PM >
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    RE: Burning fat vs burning muscle 2004/04/19 12:02:39 (permalink)
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    "Burning muscle" is when your body is too low on fuel and your muscles haven't been worked enough to be classified as "essential". So if you diet too fast and don't work out enough, your muscles will get broken down faster than they are building back up.

    If you just lose weight gradually, and work out enough to keep your muscles classified as "high priority"
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