Should I lose more fat or (try to) build muscle?

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Should I lose more fat or (try to) build muscle?

#1 Postby vegandoc66 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:45 am

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First picture is about a year before I went vegetarian and two years before I became vegan.
I was 178 pounds (at 5'6") 24% bodyfat and had (poorly controlled) hypertension and type 2 diabetes.
I lost a lot of weight (and probably a lot of muscle) when I first went vegan in January 2010.
At the time I was not working out. At all.
Diabetes and hypertension have vanished... ( ! )

6 months ago I started putting on weight (while not being a perfect vegan).
Fast forward to 2013. I discovered this site. Started eating CLEAN and working out.
Couldn't really tolerate much more than walking on the treadmill at first but I have since graduated to Bodyweight workouts (YAYOG) 4 times a week, long walks (6 miles) on the weekends and a mix of cardio 5 times a week (HIIT, Sprints, MMA...)

I am now 139 pound and 16% bodyfat. I would like to lower my bodyfat even more, become stronger and more muscular. (That would be a first....)

My impulse is to continue to work out and maintain a calorie deficit in order to cut more fat. Not sure how or when increasing muscle mass comes into the picture. Any help from anyone that has been in this situation would be helpful.

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Re: Should I lose more fat or (try to) build muscle?

#2 Postby jungleinthefrunk » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:20 am

I would run a small deficit and see how that goes. Keep protein high and fat high and train hard. Ive been dieting with only small breaks since 1.5 yrs ago and i believe i am still making changes as far as lean mass.... only very advanced BBs need to bulk and cut.
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Re: Should I lose more fat or (try to) build muscle?

#3 Postby vegandoc66 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:11 pm

Thanks for the information. That was what I figured. Slow & steady wins the race, I guess.

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Re: Should I lose more fat or (try to) build muscle?

#4 Postby rickb » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:50 pm

I agree with jungleinthefrunk. Looks like you have done awesome transforming yourself!!! Tear up those weights.

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#5 Postby Emrys » Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:02 pm

Lookin good. Don't underrate the value of walking. It cuts down your cortisol levels(which will help with building muscle).
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Re: Should I lose more fat or (try to) build muscle?

#6 Postby vegandoc66 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:10 pm

Thank you very much, Emrys & rickb.
I'm totally enjoying the journey at this point.
Much respect.
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