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How do you get in shape but NOT lose weight?
Diet & Health / 10:17 PM - Tuesday February 02, 2010

How do you get in shape but NOT lose weight?

I'm happy with my body... If i get any thinner though it's gonna fade, but i am in bad shape! Help me out! Thanks :)

- Asked by girlnextdoor1687, A Hippie Chick, Female, 26-28, Other Profession

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In most cases it depends on the type of "mass" you are losing and the type of exercises you're doing. Muscle weighs more than fat. So if you are doing mostly weight-bearing/weight lifting exercises, then you'll increase or maintain muscle mass, which means you won't lose weight (you may even gain weight). This is typically what guys try to do when they workout to "define" their bodies. In your case, since you don't want to lose weight, I'd focus on light weights (No more than 35lbs, assuming you don't want to look too bulky) and toning exercises, like pilates or yoga. You may also have a high metabolism, so make sure you don't skip meals. Since you think you're in bad shape, these things will def help with overall fitness, flexibility, and endurance. Good luck!

- Response by askdraustin, A Trendsetter, Female, 29-35, Medical / Dental

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That's why they call it BODY BUILDING! Not body shrinking.

PM Coco about weight training and exercise and bulking up instead of tearing down. When you see her pictures you'll know why I referred you!

- Response by rafiki910, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, Who Cares?, Boston, Body Work

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Hey Girlnextdoor1687! I always knew I had a twin! How's mom? ;)

You can tone up by doing weight training without cardio. That will give you definition. Just keep in mind the more muscle you have the more calories you burn at resting state.

- Response by girlnextdoor85, A Thinker, Female, 29-35

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Either yoga or get light dumbbells and establish a routine (check out xercises.html)

- Response by pjay007, A Hippie Chick, Female, 46-55, Miami, Who Cares?

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You will most likely get bigger as you get in better shape, that is if you are doing the right kind of workout. First of all. You are going to have to increase your diet if you will be burning calories working out. So eat more but most importantly eat lots of carbs and proteins ( as well as a healthy amount of fruits and vegetables). The protein will help you build muscle as you work out to maximize hypertrophy ( muscle growth). And the carbs will serve as energy for your workout.

Secondly, don't go overboard on long workouts. short, intense ones are better for you. So maybe do some cardio such as a bike, or epytical or if you want you can run but it is harder and will more calories. Max of half an hr at first 15 min would even be ok if you are really in bad shape.

But the most important thing if you don't want to get thinner is to make sure you are doing resistance training as well. So start off on some low weights on the machine and work your way up to heavier weights. To maximize hypertrophy, you want to do about 15 reps with as much weightr as you can lift. This will help your muscles to grow and make you have more presense so you dont look so skinny or sickly. So work every major muscle group to make your body look balanced. Do calves, Qauds, Hamstrings, Glutes, Core, Biceps, triceps, Rhomboids and deltoid ( shoulders).

Any other questrions? :)

- Response by justwondering9, A Thinker, Female, 22-25

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Eat more. If you eat more you'll stay the same weight but you'll trade fat for muscle. Your body will take shape according to what you feed it. If you eat more you'll have more.

- Response by damnpoor, A Couch Potato, Male, 29-35, Other Profession

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Muscle weighs more than fat so anything you do that develops more muscle should be good for shape and weight.

- Response by randyl, A Thinker, Female, Who Cares?, Technical

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