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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:03 pm 
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I think this could easily go into either General or Diet & Nutrition...

I don't have any way at the moment to measure my body fat % except through some inaccurate scales.

My question is, if my weight remains unchanged, but I've consistently worked out lifting weights either 2 or 3 times a week over several months, getting stronger and by appearance I believe more muscular, would I be right thinking my body fat is dropping slowly whilst my lean mass increases slowly? My only cardio is generally my warm-up and warm-down. I do short and light recovery work at home the day following the gym.

My diet is fairly clean. It's mainly meat and salad or starchy vegetables 2 meals a day and a rice cereal breakfast. I take the recommended dose of BSN CellMass, HMB, BCAA's, ZMA, Ginseng, liquid Fish Oil, Glucosamine HCL, and a multivitamin.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:16 pm 
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If your strength is going up and your weight is constant, then yes, you are probably losing fat. Your waist is probably getting smaller too. That will tell you for sure. Usually, an inch loss off the waist is about 2% body fat.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:32 pm 
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I read somewhere in these forums that high reps, low weight builds bulk and low reps, high weight builds strength. If that's the case, then building bulk will develop definition. So if definition is evident when body fat is around 10%, then high rep, low weight, while building muscle mass may also be burning fat. Can you feel your heart pumping hard when you do these low rep exercises? I can.


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